Blues Lyrics of the Week: Born Under a Bad Sign

Here at the BluesPowR Blog, we hold Albert King in pretty high regard (and not just because he happened to have a hit titled “Blues Power.”) Albert has long been an inspiration to blues guitarists everywhere, including a few you might have heard of named Stevie Ray Vaughan, Otis Rush, and Eric Clapton. Listen to such King songs as “Don’t Throw Your Love on Me Too Strong,” “Going Down,” “Drowning on Dry Land,” and “Everybody Wants to Go to Heaven,” and you’ll quickly realize why.

So, it’s in Albert’s honor that we proudly present this latest B.L.O.W. (Blues Lyrics Of the Week) highlighting what just may be his most popular song: “Born Under a Bad Sign.” It doesn’t get much bluer than this.

“Hard luck and trouble is my only friend,
I been on my own ever since I was ten.
Born under a bad sign,
Been down since I began to crawl.
If it wasn’t for bad luck,
You know I wouldn’t have no luck at all.”

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