Who Sang Why Was I Born? Jimmy Smith

Jimmy Smith Midnight Special cover art
Release information
Release Date: 1961
Genre: Jazz Blues
Style: Soul-Jazz/Hard Bop
length: 6:37
producer: Alfred Lion
recording engineer: Rudy van Gelder
organ: Jimmy Smith
tenor saxophone: Stanley Turrentine
guitar: Kenny Burrell
membranophone: Donald “Duck” Bailey
drums (drum set): Donald “Duck” Bailey
Some other versions of "Why Was I Born"

Spending these lonesome evenings
With nothing to do
But to live in dreams that I make up
All by myself

Dreaming that you're beside me
I picture the prettiest stories
Only to wake up
All by myself

What is the good of me by myself?

Why was I born
Why am I living
What do I get
What am I giving

Why do I want a thing
I daren't hope for
What can I hope for
I wish I knew

Why do I try
To draw you near me
Why do I do I cry
You never hear me

I'm a poor fool
But what can I do
Why was I born
To love you

I'm a poor fool
But what can I do
Why was I born
To love you

12" Vinyl 1
  • 1 Midnight Special
  • 2 A Subtle One
  • 3 Jumpin' the Blues
  • 4 Why Was I Born
  • 5 One O'Clock Jump

  • Release information
    label: Blue Note
    country(area): United States
    format: 12" Vinyl
    script: Latin