Five Long Years

The blues song Five Long Years with lyrics and guitar chords.

  • Five Long Years was written by Eddie Boyd in 1952.
  • Called one of the “few postwar blues standards retained universal appeal”.
  • Recorded by B.B. King, John Lee Hooker, The Yard Birds and Buddy Guy among many others.
  • Eric Clapton included Five Long Years on the blues album From The Cradle, which was released in 1994.

Lyric and Chords

Lyrics and guitar chords to Five Long Years by Eddie Boyd.

Intro:
| A7 | D7 | A7 | A7 | 
| D7 | D7 | A7 | A7 |  
| E9 | D7 | A7 D7 | A7 E7 | 

Verse 1-----------------------------
A7                             D7
Have you ever been mistreated? 
A7        E7                       A7
   You know just what I'm talking about.
D7                                A7
   Have you ever been mistreated? 
        E7                      A7   
You know just what I'm talking about.
E9                             D9
  I worked five long years for one woman,
A7                  D7  A7          E7 
   she had the nerve to put me out.

Verse 2-----------------------------
A7                               
  I got a job in a steel mill,
D7  
  shucking steel like a slave.
A7                       E7  
  Five long years, every Friday
       A7   
I come straight back home with all my pay.
D7                                A7
   Have you ever been mistreated? 
    E7                      A7
You know just what I'm talking about.
E7                                  D7
   I worked five long years for one woman,
A7             D7   A7              E7     
   she had the nerve to put me out.
   
Guitar solo:
| A7 | D7 | A7 E7 | A7 | 
| D7 | D7 | A7 E7 | A7 |  
| E9 | D7 | A7 D7 | A7 E7 |   

| A7 | D7 | A7| A7 | 
| D7 | D7 | A7 E7 | A7 |  
| E9 | D9 | A7 D7 | A7 E7 |

Verse 3-----------------------------  
A7                           D7
  I've finally learned my lesson, should a long time ago.
A7
  The next woman that I marry,
she gonna work and bring me the gold.
D7
  Have you ever been mistreated?
A7         E7                          A7  F9
  You know just what I'm talking about.
E9   
I worked five long years for one woman, 
D9
she had the nerve, she had the nerve,
she had the nerve, she had the nerve 
              A7 D7 A7 Bb9 A9
to put me out.

Lyrics

Lyrics to the blues song Five Long Years by Eddie Boyd and Willie Dixon.

Guitar chords will come later.

Have you ever been mistreated?
You know just what I’m talking about.
Have you ever been mistreated?
You know just what I’m talking about.
I worked five long years for one woman,
she had the nerve to put me out.

I got a job in a steel mill,
shucking steel like a slave.
Five long years, every Friday
I come straight back home with all my pay.
Have you ever been mistreated?
You know just what I’m talking about.
I worked five long years for one woman,
she had the nerve to put me out.

I’ve finally learned my lesson,
should a long time ago.
The next woman that I marry,
she gonna work and bring me the gold.
Have you ever been mistreated?
You know just what I’m talking about.
I worked five long years for one woman,
she had the nerve,
she had the nerve,
she had the nerve,
she had the nerve to put me out.