Original Sam & Dave version

Coming to you on a dusty road
Good loving, I got a truckload
And when you get it, ha
You got something
So don't worry, 'cause I'm coming

I'm a Soul Man, whoa!
I'm a Soul Man
I'm a Soul Man, whoa
Hey, I'm a Soul Man
And that ain't all!

Got what I got the hard way
And I'll make it better
Each and every day
So, honey, don't you fret, now
'Cause you ain't seen nothing yet

I'm a Soul Man, oh lord!
I'm a Soul Man
Play it, Steve!
I'm a Soul Man, hah!
I'm a Soul Man, oh!

I was brought up on a side street
Listen, now!
I learned how to love before I could eat
I was educated at Woodstock
When I start loving
Oh, I can't stop

I'm a Soul Man
I'm a Soul Man
I'm a Soul Man, yeah
I'm a Soul Man

Grab a rope
And I'll pull you in
Give you hope
And be your only boyfriend, yeah (Yeah)
Yeah (Yeah)

(I'm talking about a) Soul Man
(I'm a) Soul Man
(And you a) Soul Man
(Ah!) Soul Man
(Oh lord!) Soul Man
(I'm a) Soul Man
(And you a) Soul Man
(And you're a) Soul Man
(Oh, oh, a)...


SOUL MAN is a song written by Isaac Hayes and David Porter and originally released on Sam & Dave's 1967 album Soul Men. The song was also released as a single in 1967, with MAY I BABY on the B-side. The above lyrics are for the original Sam & Dave version of SOUL MAN as released in 1967.

Sam & Dave -- Soul Men
Sam & Dave -- Soul Men

LP - Stax (S 725) - USA, 1967
Sam & Dave -- "Soul Man / May I Baby"
Sam & Dave -- "Soul Man / May I Baby"

7" single - Stax (45-231) - USA, 1967

Bruce Springsteen's Version

Bruce Springsteen has performed SOUL MAN a few times in his career, mostly off-tour, starting from 1999. See the live 15 Oct 1999 version for more details.


Thanks Jake (ol'catfishinthelake at BTX and Greasy Lake) for the lyrics help.

Available Versions

List of available versions of SOUL MAN on this website:

SOUL MAN [Live 15 Oct 1999 version]
SOUL MAN [Live 08 Dec 2003 version]
SOUL MAN [Live 29 Oct 2009 version]
SOUL MAN [Live 25 Feb 2012 version]
SOUL MAN [Original Sam & Dave version]

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