ME AND BOBBY MCGEE

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ME AND BOBBY MCGEE
“Me and Bobby McGee” is a song written by Kris Kristofferson and Fred Foster,
originally performed by Roger Miller. Some sources state that Gordon Lightfoot issued
the first recorded version; another story tells how Kristofferson popped his head into the
studio with freshly written verses as Roger Miller was recording the song. Regardless,
Miller was the first artist to have a hit with the song, peaking with it at #12 on the US
country charts in 1969. Lightfoot’s version hit #13 pop, and #1 country in his native
Canada in 1970. By far the best known recording is by Janis Joplin on her 1971 Pearl
album. Joplin’s version topped the charts to become her only number one single and only
the second posthumous number one single in rock & roll history (the first was (Sittin’
on) the Dock of the Bay” by Otis Redding).
Busted flat in Baton Rouge, headin’ for the train,
Feelin’ nearly faded as my jeans.
Bobby thumbed a diesel down, just before it rained;
Took us all the way to New Orleans.
I took my harpoon out of my dirty red bandanna,
And was blowing sad while Bobby sang the blues.
With them windshield wipers slappin’ time,
And Bobby clappin’ hands,
We finally sang up every song that driver knew.
Freedom’s just another word for nothing’ left to lose:
Nothin’ ain’t worth nothin’ but it’s free.
Feeling good was easy, Lord, when Bobby sang the blues.
Feeling good was good enough for me;
Good enough for me and Bobby McGee.
From the coal mines of Kentucky to the California sun,
Bobby shared the secrets of my soul.
Standin’ right beside me, Lord, through everything I’ve done,
Every night she kept me from the cold.
Then somewhere near Salinas, Lord, I let her slip away,
Lookin’ for the home I hope she’ll find.
And I’d trade all my tomorrows for a single yesterday,
Holdin’ Bobby’s body next to mine.
Freedom’s just another word for nothing’ left to lose:
Nothin’ left is all she left for me.
Feeling good was easy, Lord, when Bobby sang the blues.
Buddy, that was good enough for me;
Good enough for me and Bobby McGee.
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