All my life I had to struggle, I paid some heavy dues Squeekin' out a livin', playin' easy blues Then one day my music made me a millionaire I bought a big old mansion with central heated air Now I got more money than I know how to use Got everything a man could want, but I ain't got no blues Success for me could only lead to my immediate doom 'cause I can't play the blues in an airconditioned room
Now I was doin' better with a smaller piece of pie But all my fame and fortune I can't identify I lost the inspiration that came natural in the start I have to have a mean old woman, just to break my heart Now my life's too easy, I'd be getting soft I used to play the blues all day, but now I just play golf Now all my pain is rearranged, my life is changes too 'cause I can't play the blues in an airconditioned room
You know what I'm saying It's kinda hard to play the blues If you don't have any problems
You might think I'm crazy, you might think I'm strange The first thing in the morning I'm gonna make a change I throw away my money, I move back to that shag Do whatever I gotta do to get that old feelin' back I know I'd be feelin' better with nothing left to lose When times are bad, the less I had, the better I played the blues I buy myself some turkey and wine, and howl it at the moon 'cause I can't play the blues in an airconditioned room
If I should die tomorrow you can write it on my tomb 'He couldn't play the blues in an airconditioned room'