Cocker, Joe - Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood Lyrics

Baby, do you understand me now,
Sometimes I feel a little mad.
But, don't you know that no one alive can always be an angel.
When things go wrong I feel real bad.

I'm just a soul whose intentions are good,
Oh Lord, please don't let me be misunderstood.

Baby, sometimes I'm so carefree,
With a joy that's hard to hide.
And sometimes it seems that, all I have to do is worry
And then you're bound to see my other side.

I'm just a soul whose intentions are good,
Oh Lord, please don't let me be misunderstood.

If I seem edgy,
I want you to know,
That I never mean to take it out on you.

Life has its problems,
And I get my share,
And that's one thing I never mean to do,

'Cause I love you,

Oh, oh, oh, baby - don't you know I'm human.
I have thoughts like any other one.
Sometimes I find myself, Lord, regretting,
Some foolish thing - some little simple thing I've done.

I'm just a soul whose intentions are good,
Oh Lord, please don't let me be misunderstood.

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  1. Víctor Manuel Vega Martínez


  2. Chris Zablocki

    We're going to be misunderstood, my man. I blame public education and the media.

  3. M R

    I didn't think this song could get any better. Then I heard Joe Cocker cover it...oh my.

  4. P 139

    Is it just me or do certain aspects of this song slightly sound like 'You keep me hangin' on' by vanilla fudge?

    P 139



    Me too just mow.

  6. Chairman66

    Pure class ✌️

  7. Jake Wasson

    This version I think is better t han the animals. Joe Cocker was a legend that never got the credit. His energy and passion... You can't beat it. This song brings tears Everytime I hear it... Reminds me of my late father. Rip Joe Rip JSW

  8. kurashiki okayama

    Joe Cocker – vocals
    David Bennett Cohen – guitar (track 1)
    Tony Visconti – guitar (track 2)
    Jimmy Page – guitar (tracks 2, 4, 5, 7 & 9)
    Henry McCullough – guitar (tracks 3, 6, 8 & 10)
    Albert Lee – guitar (track 4)
    Chris Stainton – piano (tracks 2, 3, 4 & 7), organ (tracks 2 & 7), bass guitar (tracks 2-10)
    Tommy Eyre – piano (track 5), organ (tracks 8 & 9)
    Artie Butler – piano (track 1)
    Matthew Fisher – organ (track 5)
    Steve Winwood – organ (tracks 6 & 10)
    Carol Kaye – bass guitar (track 1)
    Paul Humphrey – drums (track 1)
    Clem Cattini – drums (tracks 2, 4 & 7)
    Mike Kellie – drums (tracks 3, 6 & 10)
    B. J. Wilson – drums (tracks 5 & 9)
    Kenny Slade – drums (track 8)
    Laudir de Oliveira – tumba, maracas (track 1)
    Brenda Holloway – backing vocals (track 1)
    Patrice Holloway – backing vocals (track 1)
    Merry Clayton – backing vocals (track 1)
    Madeline Bell – backing vocals (tracks 2, 6 & 9)
    Rosetta Hightower – backing vocals (tracks 2 & 9)
    Sue Wheetman – backing vocals (tracks 3, 6, 9 & 10)

    1. "Feeling Alright" Dave Mason 4:10
    2. "Bye Bye Blackbird" Ray Henderson, Mort Dixon 3:27
    3. "Change in Louise" Joe Cocker, Chris Stainton 3:22
    4. "Marjorine" Cocker, Stainton 2:38
    5. "Just Like a Woman" Bob Dylan 5:17
    6. "Do I Still Figure in Your Life?" Pete Dello 3:59
    7. "Sandpaper Cadillac" Cocker, Stainton 3:16
    8. "Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood" Gloria Caldwell, Sol Marcus, Bennie Benjamin
    9. "With a Little Help from My Friends" John Lennon, Paul McCartney 5:12
    10. "I Shall Be Released" Dylan 4:35

  9. Sahin Uygur

    ı'm lısten this song on the Layer Cake

  10. Business Solutions

    I just realized , that is the song of a wife beater. I grew up with Joe Cocker. Still love his music.

  11. Marc Gilbert


  12. papa germiritus ii

    this would of made a good song for sons of anarchy while Jax killed somebody!

  13. Chris L


    leah Renee

    Chris L makes no sense at all!

  14. massimo lombardi

    Best cover by far of this song.Hammond and Guitar superlatives

  15. killuminati4peace

    Baby, do you understand me now
    Sometimes I feel a little mad
    But, don't you know that no one alive
    Can always be an angel
    When things go wrong I seem to be bad
    I'm just a soul whose intentions are good
    Oh Lord, please don't let me be misunderstood.
    Baby, sometimes I'm so carefree with a joy that's hard to hide
    And sometimes it seems that all I have to do is worry
    And then you're bound to see my other side
    I'm just a soul whose intentions are good
    Oh Lord, please don't let me be misunderstood.
    If I seem edgy I want you to know
    That I never mean to take it out on you
    Life has it's problems and I get my share
    And that's one thing I never mean to do
    Because I love you.
    Oh, oh baby don't you know I'm human
    I have thoughts like any other one
    Sometime I find myself regretting some foolish thing
    Some little simple thing I've done
    But I'm just a soul whose intentions are good
    Oh Lord, please don't let me be misunderstood
    But I'm just a soul whose intentions are good
    Oh Lord, please don't let me be misunderstood
    But I'm just a soul whose intentions are good
    Oh Lord, please don't let me be misunderstood

  16. John Wilson

    Joe and Nina should be proud

  17. Ivan Grujovic

    Dzo, zauvek u nasim srcima! Respect from Serbia.

  18. John Harris

    Just the best Mr Cocker! Always delivered.

  19. Lupu Schi


  20. Joe DeDonato

    Joe not being in the hall of fame is one of the great unspoken injustices of this fucked up world

  21. Elizabeth Filcher

    i only known about this song because of movie called layer cake.

    Jeff Bowes

    Wow. That's pathetic.

  22. Southside Shuffler

    It wasn’’t just Cocker’s voice that made him so unique but also the fabulous musicians and their incredible interpretations of the famous tunes he decided to sing for us both in the beginning and until the end of his time with us.

  23. James Packard

    Best version out there

  24. David Kendrick

    Who's on keyboards? Great stuff!

    Amechi Ekechuku

    Stanton I think is om keyboards

  25. Raimundo França

    Esse é o cara!!! Mil....

  26. Raimundo França

    A dor que não sara!!!

    Com lágrimas nos olhos, nesse embrólhio, não poder te abraçar
    Te ver e não conviver, sem me conter, nesse tempo a se contar
    Se perdeste no caminho, que agora sozinho, vais ter que voltar
    Magoaste os que te amam, na dor na chama, no peito a queimar.

    Com a dor no peito, neste efeito, quem és tu, na força pra voltar
    Que no tempo se espera, mas que se esmera, o seu doce lar
    Pelas pedras tropeçastes, e não te achastes, nos caminhos de Jeová
    Das flores vem os espinhos, e sozinho, estais por ai a caminhar.

    Com saudade arrebatadora, a quem te socorra, quando precisar
    Como o vento sem rumo, perdido neste mundo te vejo a vagar
    Num sorriso apagado, quem era empolgado, já nada a enxergar
    Foste pelo mundo iludido, se temos ouvido, é triste o teu penar.

    Mas ao que confortas, aberta as porta, pra que você possa voltar
    Pelo tempo que vier, seja firme tenhas fé, está a tua espera, Jeová
    Para que com firmeza, nessa limpeza, que na alma, se restaurará
    Enquanto o tempo não passa, na dor que não sara, vamos esperar!


  27. Роман Мителин

    Божественная песня, божественный голос!

  28. Antonio Dias

    this is heaven rock music

    مريم السحيمي

    What a description

  29. Arrigo Tonelli

    A song with the truthful aspects of the soul of each of us ... woman or man ..

  30. Callum Maisey

    Layer cake brought here,fantastic film with fantastic music including this gem from the great late Joe cocker!

  31. daniel godwin

    I think he was so underrated as an artist , the man Was a legend and the way he could take any song and make it his own is a skill that most artists don't possess , when he sang I'll get by with a little help from my friend's he nailed it , no one covers Beatles songs because they can't be bettered , Joe Cocker did and nailed it . Legend

  32. q1w2e3r4ge5t6y7u8i9o

    First time I heard this song was in the movie Layer Cake.👂

    Juanita Campos

    1972 for song

  33. randy waters

    I believe that's Jimmy Paige and Steve Winwood accompanying, circa 1968.

    Jerry McFarland

    JP guitar.

    Jerry McFarland

    Same on Sandpaper Cadillac.

  34. Marilyn Aguirre

    Desde Argentina. ☆☆☆☆☆

    Hugo Leonardo

    Linda eu te quero.

  35. Sorin-Vasile Gherghinciu

    It can be seen the influence of Nina Simone in Joe' s version , but the performance is great anyway ; due to the giant gift that Joe has been enherited with .

    Sorin-Vasile Gherghinciu

    enriched with

  36. gemstone

    How is it I lived 37 yrs without knowing Joe recorded this magnificent piece... Love it. Heard it on Heartbeat.

  37. Garrett , a fancy trouser

    everyone here's like r.i.p joe cocker but no one's like r.i.p xxxx

    Ronnie Young

    Lol. If it helps, XXXX actually lived. Became a bartender in Curacao.

  38. stwads

    For me this is his best ever song. It's wonderful!!

  39. skellyfetti mcgannahan

    Henry McCullough on guitar RIP

  40. KutWrite

    Wonderful, as always.

    I just love the organ solo in the middle.

    robert richman

    I'm fairly certain that it was Steve Winwood, who played organ on this track + several others from Joe Cocker's first release, "With a Little Help From My Friends". Sure sounds like his work.

    Keith Parker

    It's Tommy Eyre, who went on to play with the Aynsely Dunbar Retaliation

    Gordon Sims

    @robert richman Leon Russel on organ.

    Gordon Sims

    Leon Russel on organ.

    robert richman

    @gordon sims Thanks for pointing out another possibility Gordon. However according to Wikipedia, it was in fact Tommy Eyre who played organ on both DLMBM and the title track following it.

  41. diane gilbert

    Best copy of this song . I loved it. R.I.P. Joe

  42. Tom Pettke

    Just AMAZING

  43. P. Aaron Jones

    Anyone else remember this being used as background music for a PSA for drug or child abuse? That's where I first heard this version...a long, long time ago.

  44. tel

    great version.

  45. buska100

    My Fave Version by Far. R.I.P. Joe

  46. Yash Amigo

    Layer cake :D

  47. larry mondello

    thanks joe-GODbless

    Lucy Benitez

    larry mondello Olmo uzunz. zjxjjnnnkkmnnnnñ bbb

  48. 1878EFC2008

    R.I.P  Common People was a great song. 

  49. tuxguys

    (1 year ago)
    I can't believe I let this pass without remark...
    R.I.P. Joe Cocker.
    This is my all-time favorite cut of his, perhaps because  the loose, funky jazziness of it.
    I remembered (of course!) that this had been a single for the Animals 3 or 4 years earlier: 
    I had no idea that the tune was originally written for, and recorded by, Nina Simone.

  50. Michel Bilodeau

    R.I.P. Joe. -  Woodstock no more.

  51. juana galvan

    R.i.p mr cocker.

    Savant 2.0

    juana galvan this could only be the work of... f A I R y G 0 d P a R e N t S !!!

  52. ScrappyTam

    RIP Joe. Thank you for the music.

  53. Thomas Kenny

    Layer Cake - Got me here

    Greg Tighe

    @gemstone Who cares to you too, you stooge.


    @Greg Tighe Do you only know this song from the 2nd rate movie?

    Matt Messer

    lol same here

    Tony Peters

    @Lucky Strike Nina Simone's was the original, it was the Animals that did the cover version. Another great cover version is the Flamenco / Disco 70's version by Santa Esmeralda.

  54. 03TTAM

    Meglio questa di quella del '96, sicuramente. Ma l'originale è di Nina Simone! Uscita nel '64, anche se non è lei che l'ha scritta. Poi celbere la versione più rock degli Animals ('65) e più disco di Santa Esmeralda ('77).

  55. Angelo Cutolo

    L´originale era degli The Animals, se non sbaglio. Joe fece questa cover nel 1969. Grande canzone, con tastiere molto anni 60. Poi, Joe rifece queste canzone nel 1996, nel disco Organic. La nuova versione dura quasi un minuto meno, ha un ritmo quasi reggae, non é male, peró non regge il confronto con questa, che ha un´aria direi mistica...

    Marcelo R.

    Absolutamente certo, Rubens Silva. A canção foi composta para que fosse cantada por ela, Nina. Mas essa versão é muito boa

  56. cybernika

    @GIAFAR7 Al mondo c'è sempre chi apprezza ciò che a qualcun altro era sfuggito... meno male!


    nessun commento?.... caspita è un sacrilegio per questa canzone e per l'aetista!!!
    Grazie a te l'ho conosciuta [(7)]