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"Mistreated" is a song by the British rock band Deep Purple taken from their 1974 album Burn. The song was written by the band's guitarist Ritchie Blackmore and new vocalist David Coverdale, who, along with new bassist Glenn Hughes, brought new blues and funk elements to the band. At live performances Hughes would introduce "Mistreated" as a song that Blackmore had written a few years prior to Burn. The song had been considered for the band's earlier album Machine Head, but Ritchie held it back. When work on Burn started, Coverdale wrote the lyrics to "Mistreated", and it is the only song on Burn where he sings the lyrics entirely himself. In the booklet of the 30th Anniversary Edition of Burn, Coverdale commented on the recording of the vocals on "Mistreated": "We recorded "Mistreated" from 11pm to 7:30 in the morning. I heard the first playbacks and thought it was terrible. It was so bad I just sat down and cried because I wanted it to be so good. Then the next night we had another session and I did it on the second take. It's like progressive blues. I wasn't raised in a shack by the railroad tracks but I've still had emotional hassles and that's the only kind of blues I can interpret. I tried very hard because I knew it was essential to get the strong emotive quality the song needs. The thing I wanted was for somebody listening to the song to think: 'I know what he's talking about' and get the feeling, then the song would be worth it. It's essentially a physical feeling. The reason it didn't come off straight away was simply that I was trying too hard." 


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I've been mistreated 
I've been abused
I've been struck downhearted, baby
I've been confused
'Cause I know, yes, I know 
I've been mistreated
Since my baby left me 
I've been losing my mind
You know I have

I've been lonely
I've been cold
I've been looking for a woman to have and hold
'Cause I know, yes, I know 
I've been mistreated
Since my baby left me 
I've been losing, I've been losing
I've been losing my mind
Baby baby baby

I've been mistreated
I've been abused
I've been looking for a woman, yeh
I've been confused
'Cause I know, yes, I know 
I've been mistreated, oh, oh
Since my baby left me I've been losing, losing
I've been losing my mind, baby, baby, baby
Oh, oh, oh
Oh woman, oh woman, oh woman

I've been losing my mind

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Written by: Ritchie Blackmore, David Coverdale

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