Cochran, Eddie - Nervous Breakdown Lyrics




I'm a-havin' a nervous breakdown
A mental shakedown
See my hands, how they shiver
See my knees, how they quiver
My whole body's in a jitter
I'm a-havin' a nervous breakdown

Well, I went to see my doctor just the other day
And I've got to tell you what the man had to say
Well, he said, "Hey, boy, you just gotta slow down
You can't keep a-traipsin' all over town
After givin' you a physical check
I've come to the conclusion you're a total wreck"

I'm a-havin' a nervous breakdown
A mental shakedown
See my hands, how they shiver
See my knees, how they quiver
My whole body's in a jitter
I'm a-havin' a nervous breakdown

I've made up my mind I'd better change my ways
My shattered nerves have seen better days
No more girls for a week or 2
No more runnin' 'round with the usual crew
No more movies or stayin' out late
My baby have to find herself another date

I'm a-havin' a nervous breakdown
A mental shakedown
See my hands, how they shiver
See my knees, how they quiver
My whole body's in a jitter
I'm a-havin' a nervous breakdown





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  1. roland johansson

    ....and what I love, even at this hard rocker one can hear that classic Eddie chuckle in the sung. Like he's telling us "Guys, don't take it too seriously" or he just chuckled because the fun recording it. Soooo coool.

  2. roland johansson

    One of my top 5 Eddie recorings ever...means since 1979. A great rocker and I think Hendrix - though I'm not the hugest fan of him - wanted this one blasting on his funeral and it did. He was also, probably, a huge Ed fan.

  3. Mr. Borken

    I'mma havin a NeEeaervous bReEaekdown

  4. bpmrox

    The Stray Cats thank you! Me too...

  5. Monte Ice

    Years ago during a phone conversation with Johnny Burnette's widow, Thurley Burnette, she told me that Johnny and Eddie hung out quite a bit. Eddie also played on some of Burnette's recordings. Both were lost way too early.

  6. walt7500

    Superb classic!

  7. KW Music

    Sounds nothing like Communication Breakdown. I get the complaints about some Zep songs, but this one? Seriously?

  8. dread true

    Now I know where Supertramp get inspiration to their famous
    "Just another nervous wreck"
    It was perhaps a part2

  9. old fart

    Damn! Just heard this on NPR. Thought it was a guy I went to school with. Wonder if it's his father. Wow!

  10. largelester

    King of Punk Rock

  11. Andy Sandel

    Absolutely Excellent Classic Outstanding Genius Of Masterpiece Totally Classic Of All-time Still Outstanding To This Day As It Was On Its First Release
    Thank You For Sharing This Superb Classic 🎙🎸🎼🎵🎶🎵🎶🎵🎶🎵🎶🎵🎶⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

  12. Maui Mig

    Did he write Summertime Blues too? which came first? because I just can't stop hearing Summertime blues in this song

    colemann76

    Maui Mig Yes

  13. John Little

    Power chord riffs in the 50's. Anticipating the Who, Led Zep et al. Way ahead of his time!

  14. bhoussock

    The Skulls from LA cover this. Great to hear the original!

  15. STANLEY ARTINGER

    I AM BREAKING DOWN BECAUSE EDDIE IS GONE. LOVE ALL HIS GREAT MUSIC. YOU ROCKED EDDIE!

  16. Sajad Luqman

    I'm a-havin' a nervous breakdown
    A mental shakedown
    See my hands, how they shiver
    See my knees, how they quiver
    My whole body's in a jitter
    I'm a-havin' a nervous breakdown

    Well, I went to see my doctor just the other day
    And I've got to tell you what the man had to say
    Well, he said, "Hey, boy, you just gotta slow down
    You can't keep a-traipsin' all over town
    After givin' you a physical check
    I've come to the conclusion you're a total wreck"

    I'm a-havin' a nervous breakdown
    A mental shakedown
    See my hands, how they shiver
    See my knees, how they quiver
    My whole body's in a jitter
    I'm a-havin' a nervous breakdown

    I've made up my mind I'd better change my ways
    My shattered nerves have seen better days
    No more girls for a week or 2
    No more runnin' 'round with the usual crew
    No more movies or stayin' out late
    My baby have to find herself another

  17. SaveMagnusHouse

    I've listened to this song probably 1000 times since I first heard it in the early 80's. It's still sounds so "original." I never get tired of it. Remains #1 on my all-time list!

    Alan Smith

    You have good taste

  18. HarryWebb46

    Forget the manufactured Elvis Presley and Buddy Holly...Eddie Cochran was The Real Deal! Never sold Out!

    HarryWebb46

    @Val Val The point is that you said Presley didn't sell out. He did, didn't he?

    HarryWebb46

    @Val Val I love Eddie's ballads! 'Lonely' is great. 'Three Stars' is epic!

    Val Val

    @HarryWebb46 the point is that you are wrong. You are wrong when you say that Eddie was the only not to sell out. Jerry Lee Lewis is rocking in his 80's. Also, Eddie died at 21, so you just cannot know if he would have turned into a pop singer. Elvis discography is amazing and if you want to judge him by his films you just have no clue. He was a musician, not an actor, in case you didn't know. And please be equal and judge Eddie's filmography just the same

    Val Val

    @HarryWebb46 you love Eddie's ballads? So what? There are many people who love Shakira and I don't give a f*** about that. You can make yourself a Buddhist and tattoo the face of Justin Bieber in your chest if that makes you happy

    Val Val

    HarryWebb46 OK, that's pretty cool, enjoy them pal 😊👍

  19. HarryWebb46

    Jimmy Hendrix paid massive tribute to Cochran as did Rod Stewart

  20. Ale _OM

    Jimmy page me recomendo esto :v

  21. w ard.

    un grand rocker disparu trop tôt 😢

  22. Vivian Desormeaux

    This is REAL music, unlike the garbage we hear on the radio these days =/

    Oxi-clean

    Ehh i kinda like the music on the radio.. SOMETIMES

    UberLummox

    Personally I'm with ya but every generation says the same thing about following generations. Although since the '80s we've had to deal with the huge corperate take-over of radio which has fuct us all.

    Oconachar

    Every generation will have really good, really average and really shit music.

    Pascal Arcade

    j'te suis mec !

  23. Axel Bodin

    Keep on rockin Edward Cochran.
    Greetings from Sweden.

  24. lids ok

    20-30 years ahead of his time. R.I.P. Eddie what a loss. Thinking of you, Sharon.

  25. Quinze Jackye

    Une légende : j'adore !!!

  26. How Brown

    Funny how people are arguing which Zeppelin song this sounds like. Its obvious that its Living Loving Maid.

    Adair Bock

    How Brown do you think it’s enough for plagiarism?

    Danny Fenris

    What, Led Zeppelin nick other people's music?
    Yes.

    Christopher Thomas

    Maybe it's this one: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KMGSXIjU2Js : D

    dread true

    How Brown
    Lolol

  27. Llib Mukred

    Eddie Cochran was so ahead of his time!

    roland johansson

    He still is.

    walt7500

    How much?!

  28. Sir Lancelot

    The riff sounds more like living loving maid

    oshawaxpress

    You got it back to front. Living Loving Maid's riff sounds like this.

  29. Cora Visser

    This is real incredible so good played super good work a real rock master.He was and his music we keep it alive,

  30. johndevault

    Ok it's an inspiration for Zeps Communication Breakdown.

    Led Zepp’er

    at best....omg......you mean the title right ;))))))

    Luis Fabregas

    Plagiarism

  31. TheSmithChannel

    great awesome just to good great song live this song

  32. Iggy Lurye

    Eddie Cochran!

  33. TheSmithChannel

    great song love this song awesome just to good love this song awesome

  34. Claude Alain

    la genèse du rock'n'roll, c'est lui: Eddie Cochran!

  35. HarryWebb46

    Retrospectively...the Greatest Rock 'n' Roll Artist of the 1950's

    Cool Daddy

    nah, thats Elvis! He was regarded as the best at the time and its unfair for 'revisionists' to try and change history. Elvis could sing everything, Eddie could never sing a decent ballad.

  36. jsilence418

    Hey this guy travelled into the future and stole this from Led Zeppelin,then re worked it for a 50's audience!

    mjt11860

    amazing isn't it? cochran was a fan of zepellin. even giovanni stole stairway to heaven from zepellin. & that was more than 400 yrs ago.

    roland johansson

    400 yrs ago! That wasn't bad.

  37. TheSmithChannel

    True rock

    Well Met

    Rockabilly*

    soundeagle

    it's only called rockabilly because he's white, if he's black then it is called rock n roll

  38. robotnik77

    I remember Eddie performing this live in October '59, in Williston, ND. It was the song he played when he did all kinds of shakes and shivers on stage. It brought down the house.

    roland johansson

    Oh, what a memory! Sounds good he played "Somethin' Else" One of the biggest classic rollers ever.

    HarryWebb46

    I would give almost anything for a Time Machine

    roland johansson

    Would give my left pinky being there - nah, probably, and I'm serious here, 3 fingers being there. Of course it was outta my powers as I was born '55. Interesting as it is, and so far I haven't seen any responses to what I must say: Jimy Hendrix's one wish was that Eddie's "Nervous Breakdown" was gonna platform at his funeral. NONE have so far, NONE, no person or whatever have ever responded to my question or the fact the song was played. Heya guys, you know it but no reply! What's wrong with you sonzabitches?

    F.G. D.

    @roland johansson https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H8sLAFNOApU

    roland johansson

    I'd reply before but again - man what a memory!

  39. José Aquino

    Page learned a lot from Mr. Cochran, specially chord changes and then some riffs and stuff and he managed to recreate them well in hard rock songs and covers. As for other artists, well, he just blatlantly ripped them off more or less depending on the case.

    BlindTom61

    +José Aquino I also have a Shiba.  She's 17.

  40. Jarski J.

    Thanks for posting. Rare and Rockin' -cd cover which you used as a display for this video includes alternative version of this song.

  41. jean bonnett

    If there. Is such a. Place. As. Rock n. Roll. Heaven. All. Of. Em. Will. Be. Up. There. From. Country. To. Rock n. Roll. But. This. Young. Man. Is. Still. Twenty. One. And. Will. Be. Topping. The. Bill. Always. Eddie. You. Really. Were. Somethin. Else and. I. Remember. Lash. Bonnett

  42. Maureen Devries

    Wasn't Keith Richards influenced by Eddie? I just want to know. In my opinion, I think Keith was.

    adam pagan

    +Maureen Devries they all were

    Geoffrey Gentry

    Yep, all correct. I would also add Pete Townshend to the list.

    roland johansson

    I believe Keith, anyway at first, was more influenced by Scotty Moore. Just listen to any interview on you tube and Keith says he was more interested about the "guy who played the gtr" than Elvis.

    Geoffrey Gentry

    roland johansson True too. I imagine that Scotty came first and then Keith started listening to Eddie.

    roland johansson

    Chuck Berry was one of Keith's greatest influences. Just check all stories by Keith and his work with Chuck for his 60th birthday in St.Louis, 2 concerts in 1986 and released as a movie & album in 1987, "Hail! Hail! Rock'n'Roll" It's damn good. Oh, Keith had many favorites that influenced him in the 50s, not only rockers but some bluesmen too Check his autogiography "Life." He there write that he was more interested of the bands behind the singer. Like: "I never bought a Ricky Nelson record, I bought a James Burton record." "But the one that really turned me on, like an explosion one night...was 'Heartbreak Hotel.' That was the stunner. I'd never heard it before, or anything like it." Well, I threw around here as "Heartbreak Hotel" was before Burton/Nelson (in the book & and in his memory/real life) Though Keith always spoke highly of Eddie Cochran...as one of the real rockers. He does "Somethin' Else" here on youtube, but IMHO, I do not believe that Eddie was # 2 after Scotty coming to influence Keith. Don't misunderstand me, in my "book" of Rock'N'Roll, Eddie & Elvis (of the 50s...then it went downhill for him) share the # 1 place. Eddie Cochran - No Punk or Palooka of 59' ;O)

  43. ZevanCassidy

    led zeppelin ripped this off

    John Cornell

    @apollo11bb
    Yeah the only thing this song this has in common with Zeppelin's Communication Breakdown is the word 'breakdown'.

    TheTroll Mastah

    You're clearly a fucking moron that doesn't know how to use their fucking ears

    DANGEROUS PERSON

    I don't think communication breakdown sounds like this. I definitely see some inspiration toward Living Loving Maid

    roland johansson

    100 times better! Ha ha. Are you legpulling me? I guess ALL of the great original stuff of the 50's would NOT be forgotten, Led Zeppelin or not and NEVER Ed's "Nervous Brakdown." Or do you think "Great Balls Of Fire" or Elvis version of "Hound Dawg" would be forgetten without Led? Just check all groups on Face Book.

    Paulo Pereira

    I hear a bit of this in "Living Loving Maid"; nothing to get bent out of shape over. Not seeing the connection to "Communication Breakdown".

  44. hebneh

    I remember a version of this from about the late '70s; who did it?

    roland johansson

    Can't be Hendrix as he died early 70"s though I know he made a version, Hendrix style. I have read that Hendrix wanted Eddie's "Nervous Breakdown" played on his funeral.

    colin park

    roland johansson he did and it was

  45. King Leonidas

    Nice hair

  46. walt7500

    Superb classic!