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I'd Rather Go Blind - Etta James

I'd Rather Go Blind

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soul blues female vocalists jazz 60s


Etta James at her best! Listen to soulful Etta as she pours her heart out in this deep, soul sound of music. The I'd Rather Go Blind Songfacts says that Etta James penned this Southern Blues classic during a visit to her friend Ellington "Fugi" Jordan in prison in 1967. For tax reasons James gave her songwriting credit to her partner at the time, Billy Foster, who was a member of the '50s Los Angeles doo-wop group The Medallions. It was a decision that she came to regret as the royalties accumulated over the years.


Etta James (1938-2012) was a U.S. blues, soul, R&B, rock & roll, and jazz singer and songwriter. She is the winner of four Grammies, seventeen Blues Music Awards, and was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame (in 1993), the Blues Hall of Fame (in 2001), and the Grammy Hall of Fame (in both 1999 and 2008). James was born Jamesetta Hawkins in Los Angeles, California, on 25th January 1938, to an unmarried fourteen-year-old mother, Dorothy Hawkins. Show more ...

I'd Rather Go Blind - Etta James

Somethin' told me it was over... (yeah)
When I saw you and her talking.
Somethin' deep down in my soul said, 'cry girl' (cry cry)
When I saw you and that girl walkin', around.
Whoo. I would rather, I would rather go blind, boy
Than to see you walk away from me child, no
Whoo. So you see, I love you so much,
That, I don't want to watch you leave me baby.
Most of all I just don't, I just don't want to be free, no.
Whoo. Whooi was just, I was just, I was just, sitting here thinking
Of your kiss and your warm embrace, yeah
When a reflection in the glass that I held to my lips now baby (yeah yeah),
Revealed these tears that are on my face
Whoo. And baby, and baby, baby, I'd rather be blind, boy
Than to see you walk away, walk away from me, yea
And Baby, baby, baby, I'd rather be blind, boy
Than to see you walk away, walk away from me...



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