1973

NOBODY WANTS YOU WHEN YOUR DOWN & OUT * BOBBY WOMACK * UA 35565 * UK

Written by Jimmie Cox in the early 1920s and famously recorded by Bessie Smith in 1929 (Columbia CL 856) at a time when she was 'down'. This version by Bobby Womack is given a slightly up-tempo beat which works incredibly well given that a dance pace is seemingly at odds with the sentiments expressed. Since it was first written this Blues has been performed and recorded  innumerable times, not least by Blues, Soul and Reggae (see below) artists, yet the song has a universal and perennial appeal as the central concept is contingent on human nature which hardly ever varies with  race, class or nationality and is unlikely to ever change. 

LIFE OF A MILLIONAIRE (NOBODY WANTS YOU WHEN YOUR DOWN & OUT) * DAVE BARKER * ACKEE 119 * UK

See also:

What you Gonna Do Across 110th Street Come LíMore
Daylight I Can Understand It Looking For A Love

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