"Killing Floor" as written by and Chester Burnett....
Everyday in the week I'm in a different city
If I stay too long people try to pull me down
They talk about me like a dog
Talkin' about the clothes I wear
But they don't realize they're the ones who's square

And that's why
You can't hold me down
I don't want to be down I gotta move on

Stone free to do what I please
Stone free to ride the breeze
Stone free I can't stay
I got to got to got to get away right now

Listen to this baby
A woman here a woman there try to keep me in a plastic cage
But they don't realize it's so easy to break
But sometimes I get a ha
Feel my heart kind of runnin' hot
That's when I've got to move before I get caught

Hey that's why, listen to me baby, you can't hold me down
I don't want to be tied down
I gotta be free

I said
Stone free to do what I please
Stone free to ride the breeze
Stone free I can't stay
Got to got to got to get away
Yeah ow!
Tear me loose baby

Yeah! Owh!
Stone free to ride on the breeze
Stone free to do what I please
Stone free I can't stay
Stone free I got to I got to get away
Stone free I'm gone baby, right now, don't try to hold me back
Stone free go on down the highway
Stone free I got to, got to, got to
Stone free bye bye baby

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    General CommentKilling floor is a slaughterhouse. A crappy job black people could have during the forties in Chicago. Howlin Wolf who wrote it maybe had some slaughterhouse crappy job in the beginning. I believe Skip James had a song that references it too. The dude is crying cause his wife has left him and he also got a real crappy job working at the slaughterhouse. That's enough to make a grown man cry I guess lol.
    Lampenson August 15, 2008   Link
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    General CommentA blues song orginally done by Howlin' Wolf
    Dudditson June 29, 2005   Link
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    General CommentI never cared much for the Howlin Wolf version...it always seemed to be missing something. Jimi sped the song up and added some serious energy to it. The live version on Jimi Plays Monterey is an excellent version. This is the song he did with Eric Clapton and Cream just after arriving in England. According to legend, Clapton was so blown away, afterwards, he left the stage, sat down and had a drink.
    MrLongroveon September 06, 2005   Link
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    General Commentbrilliant hendrix song ( i have the live version) but i don't like the first little solo, its a little repetitive of his other work.
    salty1690on January 06, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI thought the originial was by Robert Johnson.. But who really knows with blues. Great song
    cheeriokidon May 17, 2007   Link
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    General CommentIt's about a guy who thinks he should have left his woman a while ago. But I don't really know what it means by 'crying on that killing floor'.

    Maybe the killing floor is the crappy lino in their cheap unit kitchen where there are several dead cockaroaches.
    hellopeopleon July 06, 2007   Link

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