It Hurts Me Too
Composer: Tampa Red / Elmore James / ?

It Hurts Me Too, often referred to as just Hurts Me Too on setlists, was performed about 50 times by the Grateful Dead between early 1966 and May 1972. The song was also performed by Phil Lesh & Friends, Dead & Company and Billy And The Kids.

The song was first recorded by Tampa Red in May 1940. His version appears to be based on the song Things 'Bout Comin' My Way which he recorded in 1931. That song derives from Sitting On Top Of The World and other earlier songs. Tampa Red recorded a variation of It Hurts Me Too with amended lyrics in 1949 which was released with the title When Things Go Wrong with You which gave rise to covers using that title. Many performers have since used their own version of the lyrics. Elmore James recorded the song in 1957 providing his own lyrics and slowing the tempo. This version of the song has since become the "standard" version.

The early recording date suggests that the song was written by Tampa Red. He is credited on some recording as either Tampa Red or Hudson Whittaker. On Grateful Dead recordings, and on many others, It Hurts Me Too is credited to Elmore James, this reflects the use of Elmore James' lyrics and arrangement. Other recordings credit the performer on the particular recording reflecting the introduction of, usually, variations in the lyrics.

Grateful Dead

info Europe '72, 1972
info Ladies and Gentlemen ... The Grateful Dead, 2000
info Dick's Picks, Vol. 22, 2001
info The Golden Road (1965-1973), 2001
info Steppin' Out with the Grateful Dead: England '72, July 2002
info Dick's Picks, Vol. 30, 2003
info Rockin' The Rhein, 2004
info Dick's Picks, Vol. 35, 2005
info Three From The Vault, 2007
info Road Trips: Vol 2, Number 2: Feb 14, 1968, Carousel Ballroom, 2009
info Through the Years (DVD), 2009
info Europe '72, The Complete Recordings, 2011
info Europe '72: London, 4/8/1972, 2011
info Europe '72: Copenhagen, 4/14/1972, 2011
info Europe '72: Copenhagen, 4/17/1972, 2011
info Europe '72: Dusseldorf, 4/24/1972, 2011
info Europe '72: Paris, 5/3/1972, 2011
info Europe '72: Paris, 5/4/1972, 2011
info Europe '72: Rotterdam, 5/11/1972, 2011
info Europe '72: Lille, 5/13/1972, 2011
info Europe '72: Luxembourg, 5/16/1972, 2011
info Europe '72: Munich, 5/18/1972, 2011
info Europe '72: London, 5/24/1972, 2011
info Live Albums Collection, 2013
info 30 Trips Around The Sun Box Set, 2015
info Shrine Exp. Hall, Los Angeles, CA 11/10/1967, 2016
info Anthem Of The Sun (50th Anniversary Deluxe Edition), 2018
info The Story Of The Grateful Dead, 2020
info American Beauty 50th Anniv. Deluxe Ed, 2020
info Olympia Theatre, Paris, 5/3/1972, 2021
info Listen to the River: St. Louis '71 '72 '73, 2021
info Wembley Empire Pool, 4/8/1972, 2022
info Lyceum '72: The Complete Recordings, 2022
info Dave's Picks Vol 48: Los Angeles, 11/20/71, 2023

Dead & Company

info Camden, NJ, 2 Jun, 2018
info New York, NY, 15 Jun, 2018
info Mountain View, CA, 2 July, 2018
info Mountain View, CA, 31 May, 2019
info Chicago, IL, 14 Jun, 2019
info San Francisco, CA, 30 Dec, 2019
info Mansfield, MA, Sep 2, 2021
info St. Louis, MO, Sep 13, 2021
info Englewood, CO, Oct 22, 2021
info Los Angeles, CA, Oct 30, 2021
info Boulder, CO, June 18, 2022
info Bristow, VA, July 8, 2022
info Atlanta, GA, May 28, 2023
info Chicago, IL, June 9, 2023
info New York, NY, June 21, 2023
info Boulder, CO, July 2, 2023
info San Francisco, CA, July 15, 2023

Phil Lesh & Friends

info November 5, 2015, Port Chester, NY, 2015

Other recordings

This list is not intended to be comprehensive

no info Single (Tired Of Your Reckless Ways / It Hurts Me Too), Tampa Red, 1940
no info Single (When Things Go Wrong With You / Come On, If You're Coming), Tampa Red, 1949
no info Single (It Hurts Me Too / How Fine Can You Be), Jimmy Nolen, 1956
no info Single (It Hurts Me Too / Elmore's Contribution To Jazz), Elmore James And His Broomdusters, 1957
no info Big Bill Broonzy Sings Country Blues, Big Bill Broonzy, 1957
no info Buster Brown New King Of The Blues, Buster Brown, 1960
no info Single (What Did I Do / It Hurts Me Too), George Hughley & The Cama Rockers, 1961
no info Single (Guess It's Love / It Hurts Me Too), Sanford Clark, 1961
no info Last Session Part 2, Big Bill Broonzy, 1961
no info The Bill Broonzy Story, Big Bill Broonzy, 1961
no info Single (Cha Cha Cha In Blue / It Hurts Me Too), Junior Wells, 1962
no info Barbara Dane Sings the Blues, Barbara Dane, 1964
no info Single (It Hurts Me Too / Bleeding Heart), Elmore James, 1965
no info Single (It Hurts Me Too / Pickin' The Blues), Elmore James, 1965
no info Memorial Album, Elmore James, 1965
no info Chicago/The Blues/Today!, Various Artists (Junior Wells), 1966
no info Single (Double Trouble / It Hurts Me Too), John Mayall's Bluesbreakers, 1967
no info Single (Feelin' It / It Hurts Me Too), Chuck Berry With The Miller Band, 1967
no info Chuck Berry In Memphis, Chuck Berry, 1967
no info There's No Hole In My Soul, Barry Goldberg Reunion, 1968
no info Just Enough, Paul Geremia, 1968
info Live at the Fillmore Auditorium, Chuck Berry, 1968
no info To Know A Man, Elmore James, 1969
no info Blue Matter, Savoy Brown, 1969
no info Looking Back, John Mayall, 1969
no info It's So Hard To Tell Who's Going To Love You The Best, Karen Dalton, 1969
no info Rare Amber, Rare Amber, 1969
no info Single (It Hurts Me Too / Pickin' The Blues), Elmore James, 1969
info Self Portrait, Bob Dylan, 1970
no info The Great Elmore James, Elmore James, 1970
no info The World Of John Mayall, 1970
no info Hound Dog Taylor and The Houserockers, Hound Dog Taylor and The Houserockers, 1971
no info South Side Blues, Various Artists (Elmore James), 1971
no info Blasts From My Past, Barry Goldberg, 1971
no info History of Elmore James, Elmore James, 1972
no info Jamming With Edward, Nicky Hopkins/Mick Jagger/Ry Cooder/Others, 1972
no info Wet Willie II, Wet Willie, 1972
no info A Look Inside, Joe South, 1972
no info The Best Of The Blues Volume II, Various Artists (Junior Wells), 1972
no info Triumvirate, Bloomfield/John Hammond/Dr John, 1973
no info Sweet Little Rock And Roller, Chuck Berry, 1973
no info Single (It Hurts Me Too / I've Got Troubles), Calvin Leavy, 1973
no info Single (Riverdog / It Hurts Me Too), Joe South, 1973
no info Jim Brewer, Jim Brewer, 1973
no info The Guitar Wizard: 1935-1953, Tampa Red, 1974
no info The Chris Barber Jubilee Album 2: 1958-1964, Chris Barber, 1975
no info Mean & Evil Blues, Joe Carter And His Chicago Broomdusters, 1976
no info Screamin' Blues, Elmore James, 1977
no info Stone Blue, Foghat, 1978
no info 16 Greatest Hits, Elmore James, 1978
no info The Chris Barber Story Volume 2, Chris Barber, 1978
no info You Won't Hear This On The Radio, Chris Frank, 1979
no info Mileage, John Hammond, 1979
no info Dr. Feelgood, Piano Red, 1979
no info Pleading The Blues, Junior Wells/Buddy Guy, 1979
no info Get Down with Buster Brown, Buster Brown, 197?
no info One Way Out, Elmore James, 1980
no info Got to Move, Elmore James, 1981
no info Live At The Fox Venice Theatre, John Lee Hooker w/ Canned Heat, 1981
no info Hooker N' Heat, Canned Heat & John Lee Hooker, 1981
no info Red Hot Blues, Elmore James, 1982
info Bloomfield: A Retrospective, Michael Bloomfield, 1984
no info Single (It Hurts Me Too / Pouring Water On A Drowning Man), Cadillac George Harris, 1984
no info Gone Solo, Madcat, 1984
no info The Road, Eric Burdon, 1984
no info Just Blues, Sonny Rhodes & The Texas Twisters, 1985
no info Snooky, Snooky Pryor, 1987
no info Golden Classics, Elmore James, 1988
no info Creole Nightingale, Tim Williams, 1988
no info Crossroads, Eric Clapton, 1988
no info Gateway To The Delta, James Son Thomas, 1988
no info Golden Classics, Elmore James, 1989
no info Jumpin' The Blues, Brownie McGhee, 1989
no info The Complete Fire/Enjoy Sessions, Part 3, Elmore James, 1989
no info Everyday Now Live / Studio EP, Texas, 1989
no info The Layla Sessions, Derek And The Dominos, 1990
no info The Last Session, 2/21/63 "The Stereo Tapes", Elmore James, 1990
no info Waiting For The Right Time, John Mayall, 1991
no info Legendary Blues Classics Volume 1, Various Artists (Elmore James), 1991
no info The Complete Candid Otis Spann/Lightnin' Hopkins Sessions, Otis Spann/Lightnin' Hopkins, 1992
no info My Time After Awhile, Buddy Guy, 1992
no info London Blues: 1964-1969, John Mayall, 1992
no info Never Turn Our Back On The Blues, The Moody Marsden Band, 1992
no info Rollin' and Tumblin': The Best Of Elmore James, 1992
no info In The Here and Now, Tracy Nelson, 1993
no info The Sky Is Crying: The History Of Elmore James, 1993
no info Pleading The Blues, Junior Wells Featuring Buddy Guy, 1993
no info Complete Recorded Works In Chronological Order Volume 14, Tampa Red, 1993
no info Capricorn Records Presents The Fire/Fury Records Story, Various Artists (Elmore James), 1993
no info The Vee-Jay Story, Various Artists (Elmore James), 1993
no info Raging Harlem Hit Parade, Volume 2, Various Artists (Elmore James), 1993
no info From The Cradle, Eric Clapton, 1994
no info It Hurts Me Too: The Essential Recordings, Tampa Red, 1994
no info Raise a Ruckus Tonight, Buster Brown, 1994
info Streetman / Blast From My Past, Barry Goldberg, 1994
no info Hoodoo Moon, Kenny Neal, 1994
no info Acoustic Blues Trio, Terry Robb, 1994
no info The Time Is Right For Live, The Moody Marsden Band, 1994
no info King Of The Slide Guitar, Various Artists (Elmore James), 1994
no info Between Midnight And Day, Corey Harris, 1995
no info Better Days, The Susan Tedeschi Band, 1995
no info Homage To Elmore, Brint Anderson, 1995
no info The Original Lost Elektra Sessions, The Paul Butterfield Blues Band, 1995
no info Just Blues, Sonny Rhodes & The Texas Twisters, 1995
no info King Of The Blues, Freddie King, 1995
no info The Complete Fire And Enjoy Recordings, Elmore James, 1995
no info Blues Live From Mountain Stage, Various Artists (Tracy Nelson), 1995
no info Straight Ahead, Canned Heat, 1996
no info Women Of Blue Chicago, Various Artists (Shirley Johnson), 1996
info Everybody Slides, Vol. 2, Various Artists (John Hammond), 1996
no info Baby I'm Gone, Country Pete McGill And His Cottonfield Blues Band, 1997
no info F##k Me!!! I Thought He Was Dead: Greatest Hits Alive, Eric Burdon, 1998
no info Road Cases, Foghat, 1998
no info Best Of The Vanguard Years, Junior Wells, 1998
no info Live In Chicago, Luther Allison, 1999
no info The Very Best Of Buster Brown, 1999
no info The Door, Keb' Mo', 2000
no info Time Capsule, John Mayall, 2000
no info Blues Masters: The Very Best Of Elmore James, 2000
no info As Good As It Gets: Country Blues, Various Artists (Tampa Red), 2000
no info The Essential, Tampa Red, 2001
no info Papa Told Me, Eddie Shaw And The Wolfgang, 2001
no info Live In Hyde Park, Eric Clapton, 2001
no info Foghat Live: Two Centuries Of Boogie, Foghat, 2001
no info Plays Chicago Blues, Henry Gray, 2001
info The Roots Of The Grateful Dead & Jerry Garcia, Various Artists (Tampa Red), 2001
info The Blues Tribute To The Grateful Dead, Various Artists, 2001
no info Sleight Of Hand, Robert Ross, 2002
no info Killer Diller, Shirley Johnson, 2002
no info Pasa Tiempo, Joe Louis Walker, 2002
no info Completely Perfect, Long Tall Shorty, 2002
no info Martin Scorsese Presents The Blues, Keb' Mo', 2003
no info Timepieces: Bryan Lee's Greatest Hits, Bryan Lee, 2003
no info The Charles Burton Blues Band, The Charles Burton Blues Band, 2004
no info The Blues According To Zacariah, Zac Harmon, 2005
no info Live! In Concert, Stacy Mitchhart, 2005
no info Blue Matter / A Step Further, Savoy Brown, 2005
no info Live At The 2006 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, Warren Haynes, 2006
no info Precious Little, Jeremy Spencer, 2006
no info Covered By Foghat, Foghat, 2006
no info Cotton Eyed Joe, Karen Dalton, 2007
no info Vanguard Visionaries, Junior Wells, 2007
no info Warren Haynes Presents The Benefit Concert Volume One, Various Artists (Gov't Mule & others), 2007
no info In Session, Jeremy Spencer, 2008
info Songs from the Invisible Republic, Various Artists (Tampa Red), 2008
info The Roots of the Grateful Dead, Various Artists (Tampa Red), 2008
info The Roots Of Bob Dylan, Various Artists (Tampa Red), 2009
no info Messin' With The Kid: Original Masters, Junior Wells, 2010
no info Mulennium, Gov't Mule, 2010
no info Very Lucky Man, Sean Carney Featuring Omar Coleman, 2011
no info Blues, Eric Clapton, 2011
no info Raisin' Hell Revue, Elvin Bishop, 2011
no info Choose Your Killer, The Last Internationale, 2011
no info Live In San Francisco, Ron Hacker, 2012
info All In Good Time, The Mike Lucci Band, 2012
no info The Enjoy Records Story, Various Artists (Elmore James), 2012
no info Give Me Strength: The '74/'75 Studio Recordings, Eric Clapton, 2013
no info Robert Randolph Presents The Slide Brothers, 2013
info Another Self Portrait (1969-1971), Bob Dylan, 2013
no info Live at 2014 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, North Mississippi Allstars, 2014
no info Rumblin' And Slidin', Jay Willie Blues Band, 2014
no info Forever Man, Eric Clapton, 2015
no info Dub Side Of The Mule, Gov't Mule, 2015
no info Bound By The Blues, Sonny Landreth, 2015
no info Double Standards, Mick Kolassa And Friends, 2017
no info Going Back Home, Benny Turner And Cash McCall, 2018
no info Strange Angels: In Flight With Elmore James, Various Artists (Jamey Johnson with Warren Haynes), 2018
no info Solo Ride, Bruce Katz, 2019
no info A Tiding, Magpie: Terry Leonino and Greg Artzner, 2019
no info Self Portraits: A Tribute To Bob Dylan's Self Portrait Sessions, Various Artists (Ben Goldberg & Andrew Stephens), 2020
no info Try It...You Might Like It!:Does Hound Dog Taylor, GA-20, 2020

It Hurts Me Too can also be found on concert recordings by the Allman Brothers Band, Gov't Mule, and other groups.

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