Five Long Years

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Mathis James "Jimmy" Reed (September 6, 1925 – August 29, 1976) was an American blues musician and songwriter, notable for bringing his distinctive style of blues to mainstream audiences. Reed was a major player in the field of electric blues, as opposed to the more acoustic-based sound of many of his contemporaries. His lazy, slack-jawed singing, piercing harmonica and hypnotic guitar patterns were one of the blues' most easily identifiable sounds in the 1950s and 1960s, and had a significant impact on many rock and roll artists who followed, such as Elvis Presley, Billy Gibbons and the Rolling Stones. more »


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1963
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If you've ever been mistreated, you know what I'm talkin' about
If you ever been mistreated, you know what I'm talkin' about
I worked five long years for one woman and the she had the nerve to put me out

Got a job in a steel mill, shuckin' steel like a slave
Five long years, ev'ry Friday, I went straight home with my pay

I've been mistreated, ah, you know what I'm talkin' about
I worked five long years on one woman, now she has the nerve to put me out

I finally learned a lesson a long, long time ago
Next woman I marry she's gotta, work an' bring me some dough
'Cause I've, I've been mistreated, you know what I'm talkin' about
I worked five long years for one woman, now she got the nerve to put me out

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