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"Why Am I Treated So Bad":  Another Pops Staples song from the Civil Rights era.  Finnigan and Wood was basically an R&B band, and the lines between gospel and R&B can be indistinct.  

The message was not overtly 'religious' - and, certainly,none of us were religious, but the idea of being mistreated because of prejudice, intolerance, or for any other reason, is one that runs through all good R&B.  Our band had three good singers in it so we liked doing stuff with group harmony. 

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Why, am I treated so bad?
Why, am I treated so bad?
You know I'm all alone as I sing this song,
Hear my call, I've done nobody wrong
But I'm treated so bad

I'm gonna walk out in the master lane
Things I do, they seem to be in vain
You may be blind, you may be lame,
walk on out in the master lane
Though you treat me so bad

Ooh ooh ooh ooooooh
Ooh ooh ooh oooooooh
oooh ooh ooh oooooh ooh ooh oohhh
you made me blind, you may be lame
walk on out in the master lane
Though you treat me so bad

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from It's Only A Rock And Roll Show, released October 7, 2011

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Finnigan & Wood San Francisco, California

After a stint in the jazz world with the Jerry Hahn Brotherhood, Mike Finnigan joined up with Jerry Wood and formed a kick-ass band that stormed the West Coast and the Midwest between 1970 and 1975.

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