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Famous Blues Covers: The Nashville Teens, "Tobacco Road"

 


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"Tobacco Road" is a blues song written and first recorded by John D.  Loudermilk in December 1959, then released in 1960.  English rock band The Nashville Teens published their version in 1964 and has since become a classic across several musical genres.





Here's the original by John D. Loudermilk




We can't forget also the brilliant Bill Wyman's Rhythm Kings cover. By the way, happy birthday to Bill, 85 this week!






"I was born in a trunk.

Mama died and my daddy got drunk.
Left me here to die alone
In the middle of Tobacco Road.
Grow up in rusty shack
All I had was hangin' on my back.
Only you know how I loathe
This place called Tobacco Road.
But it's home, the only life I ever known.
Only you know how I loathe Tobacco Road.
Interlude
Gonna leave, get a job
With the help and the grace from above.
Save some money, get rich and old
Bring it back to Tobacco Road.
Bring that dynamite and a crane
Blow it up, start all over again.
Build a town, be proud to show.
Gives the name Tobacco Road.
But it's home, the only life I ever known
And it's lost...
But I lost it's your home"
Source: Musixmatch
Composed by: John D. Loudermilk
Lyrics of Tobacco Road © Cedarwood Publishing


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