The Official Feelin' Alright Page

 

Dave Mason's Feelin' Alright, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony, 2004
Dave wrote Feelin' Alright on the enchanting Greek Island of Hydra when he was 19.
Traffic was the first to release "Feelin' Alright', 1968
Joe Cocker charted twice with Feelin' Alright, 1969 #69, and 1972 #33. It continues to be a fan favorite.
Mongo Santamaria had a Feelin' Alright hit single in 1969, #95.
Gladys Knight and the Pips
Diana Ross grooves with the Jackson 5 to "Feelin' Alright on national TV
Jackson 5 grooves with Diana Ross to "Feelin' Alright" on national TV. Decades later Michael joins David on 'Save Me"
Freddie King
Ohio Players
Lou Rawls records "Feelin' Alright
Grand Funk Railroad had a hit single in 1971, #54.
Mother's Finest
The 5th Dimension records "Feelin' Alright, 1970
Three Dog Night records "Feelin' Alright" in 1970.
The Black Crowes
Widespread Panic
Coldplay
Dave Mason Rockin' Rock Hall with Feelin' Alright, 2004
 
 
Feelin' Alright History back to top

 

There are a handful of songs in the lexicon of rock and roll that can be called anthems, and Feelin' Alright has repeatedly been crowned one of them. This simple two chord song has been on the lips and in the hearts of the world since its initial release in 1968. This American classic debuted on the cutting edge English rock band, Traffic's second album. It has become of the most powerful and enduring tracks in all of rock and roll history.

Dave Mason wrote Feelin' Alright at the young age of 19 while on vacation on the island of Hydra, Greece. As most great songs it was intiially a love song (although Dave has never publically decried the recepient of such an honor).

The song has also been a hit single for several performers, including Joe Cocker (1969, #69, recharted in 1972, US #33), Mongo Santamaria (1969 #95), Grand Funk Railroad (1971, US#54), and been recorded by industry giants like Three Dog Night (1969), The 5th Dimension (1970), Lou Rawls, Freddie King, Paul Weller, Lulu, Chairmen of the Board (1970), The Electric Concept Orchestra, Mother's Finest (1973), the Ohio Players (1971), Diana Ross with the Jackson 5 (1971), Maceo Parker, Gladys Knight & The Pips, Widespread Panic, The Black Crowes, and Coldplay. Over 40 cover versions have been recorded!

Feelin' Alright has been featured in several dozen films and TV commercials.

It is believed that "Feelin' Alright" is one of the most beloved rock n' roll songs of our time.


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Feelin' Alright Lyrics



Seems I've got to have a change of scene
'Cause every night I have the strangest dreams
Imprisoned by the way it might have been
Left here on my own or so it seems
I've got to leave before I start to scream
Someone's locked the door and took the key
Feelin' alright
Not feelin' too good myself
Feelin' alright
Not feelin' too good myself

Boy you sure took me for one big ride
And even now I sit and I wonder why
When I think of you I start to cry
Just can't help myself, just keep cryin'
Gotta stop believing in all your lies
Said to myself, said to my-said to my-said to my-self
before I die
Feelin' alright
Not feelin' too good myself
Feelin' alright
Not feelin' too good myself

Don't you get too lost in all I say
But you know all the time
I really felt that way
But that was then and now you know it's today, girl
But I can't get set so I guess I'm here to stay
Till someone comes to take my place
With a different name and a different face
Feelin' alright
Not feelin' too good myself
Feelin' alright
Not feelin' too good myself

 

Feelin' Alright Chords

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          C7                    F7
          Seems I got to have a change of scene
          C7                           F7
          Cause every night I have the strangest dreams
          C7                       F7
          Imprisoned by the way it could've been
          C7                     F7
          Left here on my own or so it seems
          C7                      F7
          I got to leave before I start to scream
          C7                                F7
          But someone's locked the door and took the key

                  C7           F7
          Feelin' alright
                          C7                 F7
          Not feelin' too good myself
                  C7           F7
          Feelin' alright
                          C7                 F7
          Not feelin' too good myself


          Boy you sure took me for one big ride

          Even now I sit and wonder why

          And when I think of you I start to cry

          I just can't waste the time I must keep dry

          Got to stop believin' in all your lies

          Cause I got to much to do before I die

          Don't get too lost in all I say

          If half the time I really felt that way

          That was then and now it's today

          Can't get off yet and so I'm here to stay

          Before someone comes along and takes my place

          With a different name and yes a different face

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Dave Mason Interview back to top

coming soon! 

 

 

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Performance

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At the 2004 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony, when Traffic was one of the inductees, "Feelin' Alright' was the chosen song for the grand finale. The last song of the ceremony is one of the most special of the whole event because many of the artists who participated in the event perform together. In this version Dave Mason leads the song, accompanied by Traffic bandmates Jim Capaldi and Steve Winwood, as well as Jackson Browne, Tom Petty, Kid Rock, Kieth Richards, Billy Gibbons of ZZ Top, Paul Shaffer, and the Dells.

An historic and spectacular version of Feelin' Alright!

 

 

 


Feelin' Alright by Traffic back to top

This contains the original version of Feelin' Alright as written and performed by Dave Mason while he was with Traffic.



 

NBC Feelin' Alright Superbowl Ad Back to Top

Feelin' Alright has been used in hundreds of advertising campaigns, movies and TV shows. Here is one example from network giant NBC used during the 2009 Superbowl.

 

 


Covers By Other Artists


Feelin' Alright by Joe Cocker back to top

Joe Cocker had a hit single twice with Feelin' Alright, first in 1969 and second in 1972.


 

Feelin' Alright by The Fifth Dimension back to top

Feelin' Alright was the flip side on the Fifth Dimension's hit "One Less Bell To Answer". It was arranged by Bob Alcivar, Bones Howe, and legendary jazz arranger Bill Holman. The group's harmonies and funky arrangement make this version a must for any Feelin' Alright fan.

 

Feelin' Alright by the Black Crowes back to top

The Black Crowes played, as Letterman called it, the "classic" song of Feelin' Alright for Late Night with David Letterman's anniversary show.

 

Feelin' Alright by Diana Ross and The Jackson Five back to top

Diana Ross and The Jackson Five perform 'Feelin' Alright' on a national special hosted by Diana Ross. Michael Jackson, years later, commented how much he liked the song, whilst he and Dave recorded together on "Save Me".

 

 

Feelin' Alright by Widespread Panic back to top

Nearly four decade after the release of "Feelin' Alright", Widespread Panic offers a contemporary interpretation, showing, once again the enduring and timeless element of this legendary tune.

 

Feelin' Alright by Badfinger back to top

Badfinger recorded Feelin' Alright in 1972, and was released in 1997 on the album BBC in Concert.

 

Feelin' Alright by Lou Rawls back to top

Blessed with a four octave vocal range, Lou Rawls performs a stunning version of Feelin' Alright.

 

Feelin' Alright by Gladys Knight & The Pips back to top

 

Gladys Knight adds a distinctively feminine groove to "Feelin' Alright".

 

 

 

 

 

Feelin' Alright By Three Dog Night back to top

Feelin' Alright was first released by Three Dog Night on their studio album "Suitable For Framing", and then again on their 1969 "Captured Live at the Forum", which reached #6 on the Billboard album chart.

 


 

Feelin' Alright by Grand Funk Railroad back to top

Grand Funk Railroad had a hit single with "Feelin' Alright" in 1971 (US #54). In 2011 Mark Farner and Dave Mason perform Feelin' Alright together. See our gallery for more photos and videos of this historic reunion.

 

 

Feelin' Alright by Huey Lewis back to top

Huey Lewis performs "Feelin' Alright" for the major motion picture, Duets. This is one of hundreds of 'Feelin' Alright' placements in movies, advertisements, and television, making Feelin' Alright a part of American national culture.

 

Feelin' Alright by Isaac Hayes and The Osmonds

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Isaac Hayes performs Feelin' Alright with Donny Osmond and the Osmond brothers on their National Special which aired in 1974. Enjoy this video clip of the Osmond Special, a quintesential 70's experience!

Purchase Isaac Haye's soulful live version from Live at Sahara Tahoe here.

 

 

 

See Dave Mason Live

City Winery - Chicago Chicago, IL Apr.10.2017
City Winery - Chicago Chicago, IL Apr.11.2017
Cedar Center Minneapolis, MN Apr.13.2017
Pabst Theater/Turner Hall Milwaukee, WI Apr.15.2017
The 20th Century Theater Cincinnati, OH Apr.18.2017

 

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