I should of quit you
A long time ago
I should of quit you baby
A long time ago
But you got me messin' round with you baby
You got me cryin' on a killin' floor, yeah
If I don't fallow, yeah
My first mind
If I don't fallow pretty baby
My first mind
I would have been gone since my second time
Lord knows, right now
I should've been gone
Lord knows, I should've been gone
You got me messin' round with you baby
You got me cryin' on a killin' floor
Yeah, that's all
Ooh, you got me cryin' baby
Ohh, you got me cryin'

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    General CommentA blues song orginally done by Howlin' Wolf
    Dudditson June 29, 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 07, 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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    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 CommentI've always liked how, in Wolf's take on this one, he not only was stuck working in the slaughterhouse because he stays with the babe in Chicago but sees himself as a steer being led to his death.
    Chi-Chiefon September 25, 2018   Link
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    General CommentBack in '68, Electric Flag nailed the hell out of this one.
    Chi-Chiefon October 20, 2019   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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