Beth Hart & Jeff Beck/ Etta James: I’d Rather Go Blind

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This fantastic version is at the Kennedy Center Dec 26, 2012, in honor of Buddy Guy. Beth Hart’s voice is like a bass. Check out all the rock royalty in the audience.  (Thanks, Chris!) Beth Hart sings I’d rather go blind, girl. Contrast this version with Etta James’ classic, released in 1968.

Something told me it was over
When I saw you and her talking
Something deep down in my soul said, “Cry girl”
When I saw you and that girl, walking out
I would rather, I would rather go blind, boy
Than to see you, walk away from me child, and all
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
I was just, I was just, I was just sitting here thinking
Of your kisses and your warm embrace, yeah
When the reflection in the glass that I held to my lips, now baby
Revealed the tears that was on my face, yeah
And baby, baby, I would rather, I would rather be blind, boy
Than to see you walk away, see you walk away from me, yeah
Baby, baby


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