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Born In Chicago
The Paul Butterfield Blues Band Lyrics


I was born in Chicago at nineteen and forty-one
I was born in Chicago at nineteen and forty-one
Well, my father told me
"Son, you had better get a gun"

Well, my first friend went down
When I was 17 years old
Well, my first friend went down
When I was 17 years old

Well, there's one thing I can say about that boy
He gotta go

Well, my second friend went down
When I was 21 years of age
Well, my second friend went down
When I was 21 years of age

Well, there's one thing I can say about that boy
He gotta pray

Well, now rules are alright
If there's someone left to play the game
Well, now rules are alright
If there's someone left to play the game

All my friends are going
And thing's just don't seem the same
Oh, thing's just don't seem the same, babe

Lyrics © Warner Chappell Music, Inc.
Written by: NICHOLAS GEORGE GRAVENITES

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Rick Ducharme

I saw these guys in a little club called the Bear in Huntington beach, Ca. in 1966. My friends and I were 16 yrs. old (underage), but they let us in anyway. Nobody ever played the blues harp like Paul Butterfield. Bloomfield was dialled in, and the whole band was tight as could be. They were so damn cool.

Larry Leitch

I read yoir trip with HB and Paul Butterfield Band. Right om Bro.

Al Carmichael

The Golden Bear! I saw them a couple years later, after Bloomfield was gone. Great band--and Butterfield was without equal on the harp.

Rick Ducharme

@tenisalot : 100%. I can't help but think, for reasons I don't really understand and can't explain, that he (and his original band) were under appreciated. I don't know if it was a timing thing, or what? A lot of good music was happening back then, and they were kind of in a niche of their own. Chicago Blues was its own thing, and Butterfield was a white guy, and sounded different. But those guys were super good IMO. Maybe it was because they were in a bag of their own that people didn't relate easily too - maybe because the blues were a black art form, and PB didn't sound like that?  

PS; It was the Golden Bear. I saw Jimmy Reed there, too, BTW.

tenisalot

his singing, his voice were also exceptional...not many white boys can so totally make the blues their own...and yeah, Dylan was like that also

Paul Kersey

I'm 46 years old this year and I recall my father even till this day constantly telling me how he saw them live and how amazing they were. The Blues is what gives my father and I a father and son connection and Paul Butterfield certainly has a lot to do with that connection.

joesk9

Paul Butterfield was such a great harp player😎

Giovanni Lupino

Bought this album in 1966 and it blew my mind!

John Gardella

Saw Paul Butterfield Blues band jamming with Janis Joplin once - probably the best jam I've ever seen.

Nick Coker

I have to sing this song for my live performance class tomorrow. It's awesome and I love to sing this song, but God, I'm so nervous!

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