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Humble Pie - Black Coffee

"Black Coffee", is a 1972 song by Ike & Tina Turner covered by Humble Pie on their 1973 album Eat It

Stephen Peter Marriott (30 January 1947 – 20 April 1991) was an English musician, songwriter and frontman guitarist of rock bands Small Faces (1965–1968 and 1975–1978) and Humble Pie (1969–1975 and 1979–1983), spanning over two decades.

Marriott died on 20 April 1991 when a fire, which was thought to have been caused by a cigarette, swept through his 16th century home in Arkesden, Essex. He was listed in Mojo as one of the top 100 greatest singers of all time.

Black Sabbath frontman Ozzy Osbourne named Marriott the fourth greatest singer ever and Clem Burke of Blondie ranked him the sixteenth. Paul Stanley of Kiss called Marriott "unbelievable" and a hero of his, while Steve Perry of Journey named him one of his favourite singers.


Black coffee is my name

Black coffee is not a thing

Black coffee, freshly ground and fully packed

Hot black coffee, boys, mmm that's where it's at, mean it

Way back you all know since I don't know when

See I got hungover before I was 10

You see my skin is white but my soul is black

So hot black coffee, that's where it's at

That's what I'm talkin' about boys

(Black coffee) That's what I mean

(Black coffee) Ooh you've got to feel it in your hand

(Black coffee) Hmm yeah

(Black coffee)

Well you hear that

Some black tea, well it can't compare with me

Black tea (can't compare with me) that's right

Black tea, well it's as good as, it's as good as, it's as good as it can be

But it's a cup of black coffee that a working man needs to see, yeah

In America, well it's the land of the free

You can get what you want if you've got some do re me

Well travelling far and I work like a slave

Now I'm independent, and you know I get laid

I got me a job and I build me a place

I got a spit of black coffee, oh how good it tastes

I said a dime is all it costs in the States

For a cup of black coffee, how good it tastes


(Black coffee) Oh

(Black coffee) It's what I want now, it's what I need

(Black coffee) To suit my soul, to suit my soul now

(Black coffee) It's what I want, it's what I need

(Black coffee) It's where it's at, it's where it's at

(Black coffee) Oh

Songwriters: Ike Turner / Tina Turner

Black Coffee lyrics © Warner Chappell Music, Inc, Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC


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