Do you want a song that will kick you down the stairs? And then, at the bottom of the stairs (you still can't believe you went down like a ton of bricks -- like a rag doll -- like a bag of donuts), when you finally get yourself together and stagger to your feet, it walks up to you (you're almost whimpering at this point) and it hits you with a bat. And you're thinking: "Whoa, where'd you get a bat?"
That kind of a song.
Here it is: TIME IS ON MY SIDE
By Irma Thomas and Allen Toussaint
This classic, contained on the killer soundtrack of the killer HBO series "Treme," is a playground -- a canvas -- for an American original, the great Ms. Thomas and her incredible instrument of a voice. It was overshadowed by the Rolling Stones version of the song, but Irma Thomas's vocal performance is incredible. While you're at it, download other songs from the "Treme" soundtrack.
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