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Joe Cocker — High Time We Went
Album: Greatest Hits
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Released: 1977
Length: 4:13
Plays (last 30 days): 2
Well, it's five o'clock in the morning
Feel just like the end of a mule
Somebody's been yawning
Trying to break out the rules
Yes, it's high time we went
Ain't it high time we went?
Ain't it high time we went there?
Ain't it high time we went?

Well, it's four o'clock in the morning
Somebody's shouting the news
Nobody's been yawning
Preachers all around for the blues
Ain't it high time we went?
Ain't it high time we went?
Ain't it high time we went?
Ain't it high time we went?

Three o'clock and I'm dreaming
Somebody's shouting the way
Nobody can see me
Trying to find a brand new day
Ain't it high time we went?
Ain't it high time we went?
Ain't it high time we went?
Ain't it high time we went?

Two o'clock and I'm rolling
Everywhere I look is the same
Somebody's been calling
Trying to put the blame on my name
Ain't it high time we went?
Ain't it high time we went?
Ain't it high time we went?
Ain't it high time we went?

It's one o'clock and I'm falling
Falling for the same old game
Somebody's been shouting
Let me be by the stage
Ain't it high time we went?
Ain't it high time we went?
Ain't it high time we went?
Ain't it high time we went?

Well, it's twelve o'clock and I got there
Didn't think I'd make it in time
Somebody's been shouting
"Don't forget the lemon and lime"
Ain't it high time we went?
Ain't it high time we went?
Ain't it high time we went?
Ain't it high time we went?
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Lose control..it is fun ! get wild and reckless ! now enjoy Joe  pfreet wrote:
If an instrument were out of tune and sounded like garbage, we would say it is marginal music. So, why do people love Joe Cocker. His voice is thrashed and out of tune and absolutely unlistenable.
 

 tinypriest wrote:
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 fredriley wrote:
This guy sounds absolutely feckin' rat-arsed, sh1tfaced, blootered, steamin' (insert term of choice for inebriated), with a 40 cigs/day voice. Did he always sound like this?
 
Sounds like Lemmy to me...(Ninja'd by Darkmatter -only 12 years ahead of me!)
Public Service Announcement: Please pay for RP. Send them $5 a month or MORE. I give and we should all do so. Nothing stays free. Support Radio Paradise. (I'm not paid to say this, just a fan, who pays for you to enjoy).
 fredriley wrote:
This guy sounds absolutely feckin' rat-arsed, sh1tfaced, blootered, steamin' (insert term of choice for inebriated), with a 40 cigs/day voice. Did he always sound like this?
 
Many years ago John Belushi did a funny routine where he did a spot-on imitation of Joe Cocker in concert and then Belushi would morph that into a seizure.  
Cinco de la mañana. For Joe, too.
Saw Joe at west palm beach auditorium feb 76...going easy drinking Miller High life bottles. Great show best i recall
The Great Joe Cocker resting in the mountains of Colorrado.. I will visit you soon.
In my sleepiness i keep hearing him sing "High Time We're Wasted"
thanks for the lyrics part of rp
 Highspirits wrote:

O think It was Randy Newman that did ' you can leave your hat on' 




 

Randy wrote it. Joe Cocker did a cover of it on a Grammy winning album.
 Mannick wrote:
Haven't listened to him since he died and the french radio I usually listen to played "A little help from my friends" and "You can leave your hat on" all feckin' day long! While saying that Joe 'Cooker' had died!

Feels good to hear something different! 
 
O think It was Randy Newman that did ' you can leave your hat on' 




More than wonderful
He was at his best when backed by Leon Russell (and Claudie Linnear, of course) on 'Mad Dogs and Englishman'  tour, record and video.
{#Devil_pimp}zesty !
https://www.radioparadise.com/rp_2.php?#name=Music&file=songinfo&song_id=7
Does this mean this was the seventh song added to the RP playlist?
 Ngoziman wrote:

Once saw JC supported by Stuff (anyone remember Stuff - Eric Gale, Richard Tee, Cornell Dupree - late greats - and the still live and kicking Steve Gadd?) at an open air all-night concert in the south of France in the mid-70s. The band were up on stage jamming for about ten minutes before Joe came on utterly ratted, tried to grab the microphone, missed and crumpled into a heap. The band looked on, stopped playing, looked at each other and then simply walked off stage, while Joe was getting back to his feet saying, 'Sorry guys, come on back, sorry, hey guys...' It was about an hour and half before he was sober enough to come back on stage (with the band) and they played an outstanding tight set - must have been around 2:00am. Anyone remember those all-nighters? Ah, great days.

 
Wow. The same thing happened in Tulsa. Musta been the same tour. They turned the lights up at the venue and everybody left pissed off. The only thing that made it worth it was that a new band named Aerosmith was the opening act.
Wonderful! 
 jmsmy wrote:
I love you Joe - but I don't know what you are singing.

 
It's just pure joy of finally getting there after having missed it.
I love you Joe - but I don't know what you are singing.
Haven't listened to him since he died and the french radio I usually listen to played "A little help from my friends" and "You can leave your hat on" all feckin' day long! While saying that Joe 'Cooker' had died!

Feels good to hear something different! 
 fredriley wrote:
This guy sounds absolutely feckin' rat-arsed, sh1tfaced, blootered, steamin' (insert term of choice for inebriated), with a 40 cigs/day voice. Did he always sound like this?

 
Once saw JC supported by Stuff (anyone remember Stuff - Eric Gale, Richard Tee, Cornell Dupree - late greats - and the still live and kicking Steve Gadd?) at an open air all-night concert in the south of France in the mid-70s. The band were up on stage jamming for about ten minutes before Joe came on utterly ratted, tried to grab the microphone, missed and crumpled into a heap. The band looked on, stopped playing, looked at each other and then simply walked off stage, while Joe was getting back to his feet saying, 'Sorry guys, come on back, sorry, hey guys...' It was about an hour and half before he was sober enough to come back on stage (with the band) and they played an outstanding tight set - must have been around 2:00am. Anyone remember those all-nighters? Ah, great days.
song_id = 7
 hayduke2 wrote:

Right!? Isn't he FUCKIN'AWESOME!!!  WOOOO-HOOOO (pass that little doobie this way cheers  : )

 
             So, I see a theme developing here. Nice Bill. Thanks, I think I will.  Therefore I will. I think.  {#Wink}
 fredriley wrote:
This guy sounds absolutely feckin' rat-arsed, sh1tfaced, blootered, steamin' (insert term of choice for inebriated), with a 40 cigs/day voice. Did he always sound like this?

 
Right!? Isn't he FUCKIN'AWESOME!!!  WOOOO-HOOOO (pass that little doobie this way cheers  : )
 kcar wrote:
Yes. 'Zactly. Janis Joplin was a belter too. I wouldn't want to listen to their singing style indefinitely, but a lotta music today is so sanitized and auto-tuned that a raucous Cocker from time to time is most welcome.
 
Couldn't agree more.
This is rock & roll people, not opera.
 fredriley wrote:
This guy sounds absolutely feckin' rat-arsed, sh1tfaced, blootered, steamin' (insert term of choice for inebriated), with a 40 cigs/day voice. Did he always sound like this?

 

Whereas Joe Strummer had the voice of an angel, right? {#Whipit}

 That_SOB wrote:


Yes, that's Joe's calling card. When people hear him not having seen him, many see him as a Black blues artist, but that's not the case. Joe's has had a distinguished career rocking out, however, he does cover a lot of music by others. He is best listened to when out of sight, as he's been accused of making fun of persons with epileptic spasms. But that is just Joe's mannerisms as he belts it out.
Different strokes.....


  
{#Clap}

Yes. 'Zactly. Janis Joplin was a belter too. I wouldn't want to listen to their singing style indefinitely, but a lotta music today is so sanitized and auto-tuned that a raucous Cocker from time to time is most welcome. 


This is from his 4th album, I didn't pick this one up but I played the hell out of the previous 3
I do like this song and others from this 1969 album "Joe Cocker"  not to be confused with the 1972 2nd album titled "Joe Cocker!"
Classic Joe .... rest in peace my friend!
 pfreet wrote:
If an instrument were out of tune and sounded like garbage, we would say it is marginal music. So, why do people love Joe Cocker. His voice is thrashed and out of tune and absolutely unlistenable.

 
J**** Wept... turn off the radio if you don't like it...
 pfreet wrote:
If an instrument were out of tune and sounded like garbage, we would say it is marginal music. So, why do people love Joe Cocker. His voice is thrashed and out of tune and absolutely unlistenable.

 
You must to listen "when a man loves a woman" and then think who can make it better. 
 pfreet wrote:
If an instrument were out of tune and sounded like garbage, we would say it is marginal music. So, why do people love Joe Cocker. His voice is thrashed and out of tune and absolutely unlistenable.

 

I never got the interest either pfreet.  It will be an unresolved mystery.  Good guy.  Terrible music.
 He's out of control. A bit of a spaz.. I guess a bit like me.. pfreet wrote:
If an instrument were out of tune and sounded like garbage, we would say it is marginal music. So, why do people love Joe Cocker. His voice is thrashed and out of tune and absolutely unlistenable.

 


If an instrument were out of tune and sounded like garbage, we would say it is marginal music. So, why do people love Joe Cocker. His voice is thrashed and out of tune and absolutely unlistenable.
Smokin Joe Cocker...love him !  {#Fire}
Fantastic!  {#Dancingbanana_2}{#Bananasplit}{#Dancingbanana} 
 kingart wrote:
Feels like just the end of the mule

?

As Kirk said to Spock: Explain. Or, is that necessary?
 

 
OK I'm gonna be in Brooklyn tomorrow, perhaps an explanation IS required if I am to maintain all my limbs?
Feels like just the end of the mule

?

As Kirk said to Spock: Explain. Or, is that necessary?
 
Sing it, Joe!

Gonna miss him. {#Sad}
Love the sound of that slide guitar.  Wonder who's playing...
So good! 
 Poacher wrote:
This track is the seventh Bill loaded up onto RP. Look at the song ID in your address bar. 

I am going to guess Joe Cocker is one of his fave artists.  

 
A War on Drugs song had 43827.  What should one conclude?
Nice to hear him on RP!
 Poacher wrote:
This track is the seventh Bill loaded up onto RP. Look at the song ID in your address bar. 

I am going to guess Joe Cocker is one of his fave artists.  

 
Cool... I've never noticed that ID # before.  Now I'm on a mission to find a number smaller than 7...



Surprised by so many negative comments! But then someone else said something to the effect that "as they get older" they appreciate Joe Cocker more. Maybe it's true, and I'm showing my age, cuz this old hippy is diggin this play list - especially this one.
Oh Yea!!
the older i get, the more i like anything by joe cocker.
So I checked and it's actually an original.  Still doesn't change my rating because it's a weak song.  Can't give it more than a 3.
Never liked Joe much.  This just isn't a good cover.  Of course, all he did were covers.  Never heard an original song from him.
This track is the seventh Bill loaded up onto RP. Look at the song ID in your address bar. 

I am going to guess Joe Cocker is one of his fave artists.  
 oldman wrote:

{#Clap} As I recall Mr. Cocker didn't take the joke very well
How ever it remains one of the best moments from SNL
 
It was hysterical. Another good parody was Gilda Radner's "Candy Slice" character, loosely based on Patti Smith. Candy's sleazy manager (Bill Murray) would inevitably find her on the floor and comatose at a pre-performance party. He'd drag her lifeless body to the stage, stand her up in front of the mike and signal the band to start. As soon as the music began, Candy would jolt to life and perform frenetically like Patti. 

A fine live "performance." The drummer with the Peruvian marching powder is Paul Shaffer of David Letterman fame: 

https://www.myspace.com/video/jacob/gilda-radner-candy-slice/28326087 

 peter_james_bond wrote:

Belushi
 
{#Clap} As I recall Mr. Cocker didn't take the joke very well
How ever it remains one of the best moments from SNL
I have had a deep affection for Joe Cocker ever since seeing him in the original Woodstock movie. I remember thinking how I would love to be able to just throw myself into a performance, or anything in life for that matter, like he did on that occasion. 
Bob Dylan could give him diction lessons.

Chill Bumps ...


Still a TURN IT UP, PARTY's HAPPNIN' tune after all of these years.
 WonderLizard wrote:

Yep. Part of his appeal. Still, I can't hear this era Cocker without seeing Belushi.

 
Yes!

Belushi

 fredriley wrote:
This guy sounds absolutely feckin' rat-arsed, sh1tfaced, blootered, steamin' (insert term of choice for inebriated), with a 40 cigs/day voice. Did he always sound like this?
 
Yep. Part of his appeal. Still, I can't hear this era Cocker without seeing Belushi.

... so this is a 'greatest hit'?   Sheesh

A lot of good classics in a row during this fine hour ... nice! {#Devil_pimp}
I can remember hearing this song for the first time in about high school and thinking, "What the frell is he SAYING?"  And then that romping beat took over, and I just caved in and listened without prejudice.  Still love this song... {#Bounce}
I like Joe, but it seems weird to have a 'greatest hits' album that 50% cover tunes
 That_SOB wrote:


Yes, that's Joe's calling card. When people hear him not having seen him, many see him as a Black blues artist, but that's not the case. Joe's has had a distinguished career rocking out, however, he does cover a lot of music by others. He is best listened to when out of sight, as he's been accused of making fun of persons with epileptic spasms. But that is just Joe's mannerisms as he belts it out.
Different strokes.....



 

Yeah, but I can't listen without seeing in my mind's eye John Belushi on stage next to him on SNL in the late 70s, imitating/making fun of Joe's physical mannerisms on stage, as well as other imitations without the singer.
https://www.livevideo.com/video/9B019B8F37E2456AABE790A94AFBE4FA/joe-cocker-john-belushi.aspx
 fredriley wrote:
This guy sounds absolutely feckin' rat-arsed, sh1tfaced, blootered, steamin' (insert term of choice for inebriated), with a 40 cigs/day voice. Did he always sound like this?
 
Wow you had never heard of Joe Cocker until this was played? Imagine that. That was his life style then. From recent reports it seems his life style has been turned down a few notches but he still sounds like this. One thing that never comes across in his recordings is this is a huge booming voice.
 keller1 wrote:
Interesting —- Based on song IDs Joe Cocker's Greatest Hits was the first album Bill added to the RP library.

 
Good choice ! 

 fredriley wrote:
This guy sounds absolutely feckin' rat-arsed, sh1tfaced, blootered, steamin' (insert term of choice for inebriated), with a 40 cigs/day voice. Did he always sound like this?
 

Yes, that's Joe's calling card. When people hear him not having seen him, many see him as a Black blues artist, but that's not the case. Joe's has had a distinguished career rocking out, however, he does cover a lot of music by others. He is best listened to when out of sight, as he's been accused of making fun of persons with epileptic spasms. But that is just Joe's mannerisms as he belts it out.
Different strokes.....



 fredriley wrote:
This guy sounds absolutely feckin' rat-arsed, sh1tfaced, blootered, steamin' (insert term of choice for inebriated), with a 40 cigs/day voice. Did he always sound like this?
 
And it's unbearable besides.

This guy sounds absolutely feckin' rat-arsed, sh1tfaced, blootered, steamin' (insert term of choice for inebriated), with a 40 cigs/day voice. Did he always sound like this?
Interesting —- Based on song IDs Joe Cocker's Greatest Hits was the first album Bill added to the RP library.

 Darkmatter wrote:
A Cocker Rocker?
 
Would an expert cover of this be a Cocker Ringer Rocker?

Gotta give this an 8 just because.

zucchero fornaciari ha praticamente copiato la metà della sue musiche da Joe Cocker!
che vergogna e si fa chiamare re del Blues ... blasfemo!!!
High time this one was played!

 nigelr wrote:
Great to hear this classic JC rocker!
 
A Cocker Rocker?

To me, this sounds a bit like Lemmy from Motörhead fronting the Commitments!  
Great to hear this classic JC rocker!
ScottFromWyoming wrote:
Bill: excellent segue out of VU--I'm waiting for my man--both have that piano thing going.
Agreed... What is next? Junkie girl?
8) Well, that should take care of that global warming thing... 8)
Probably one of Joe's best tunes. Can anybody upload Space Capitain?
ScottFromWyoming wrote:
Bill: excellent segue out of VU--I'm waiting for my man--both have that piano thing going.
Agreed. Great segue. I'm not a big Joe Cocker fan (keep thinking of Belushi's impression of him on Saturday Night Live long ago), but I do like this song, and it does fit well after the VU cut.
Bill: excellent segue out of VU--I'm waiting for my man--both have that piano thing going.
Irresistable.