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Janis Joplin Me & Bobby McGee Lyrics

Last updated: 10/15/2014 06:34:58 AM

Busted flat in Baton Rouge, waitin’ for a train,
and I’s feeling nearly’s faded as my jeans.
Bobby thumbed a diesel down, just before it rained.
It rode us all the way into New Orleans.

I pulled my harpoon, out of my dirty red bandanna.
I’s playing soft while Bobby sang the blues, na.
Windshield wipers slapping time I’s, holdin’ Bobby's hand in mine.
We sang every song that driver knew.

Freedom's just another word, for, nothin’ left to lose.
Nothin', don't mean nothin' honey if it ain't free, na.
Yeah, feelin’ good was easy, Lord, when he sang the blues.
You know feelin’ good was good enough for me.
Good enough for me and my Bobby McGee.

From the Kentucky coal mines, to the California sun.
Yeah, Bobby shared the secrets of my soul.
Through all kinds of weather, through everything we done,
yeah, Bobby baby kept me from the cold world.

One day up near Salinas Lord, I let him, slip away.
He's lookin’ for that home, and I hope he finds it.
But I'd trade all of my tomorrows, for one single, yesterday,
to be holdin’ Bobby's body next to mine.

Freedom's just another word for, nothin’ left to lose.
Nothin’, and that's all that Bobby left me, yeah.
But feelin’ good was easy Lord, when he sang the blues.
Yeah, feelin’ good was good enough for me, hmm hmm,
good enough for me and my Bobby McGee.

La la la, la la la la, la la la, la la, la la.
La la la la la la, Bobby McGee, yeah.
La, la la, la la la, la la la la la.
La la la la la la, Bobby McGee, yeah.

La La la, la la la, la la la, la la la.
La la la, la la la, la la la, ain`t no bumpin’ on my Bobby McGee, yeah.

Thanks to Karl S. Ryll - for submitting Me & Bobby McGee Lyrics.

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Janis and o young boy | Reviewer: John B | 6/26/14

When I was about 11 my dad's youngest brother married a woman considerably younger than he was, in fact only about a half-dozen years older than me. She introduced me to Janis. I was too young to understand then what the songs meant, but something about this lady who could cry and sing at the same time caught me, and has never let go.

Just an old Hippy | Reviewer: Anonymous | 12/10/13

The songs of the sixty's and what the young people went through the killings of the Kennedy's and King, The Nam war, and at Kent State no other generation has ever had to endure. the music is what kept me going.

Age does not detract! | Reviewer: Stan | 4/20/13

I am so pleased to find this forum / site? I am now retired, but I am still teaching students in the art of maintenance engineering. I am not well conversed in the rudiments of the Internet, but I stumbled upon this site & it grabbed my attention. Upon a student presenting me with a finished or partially finished project I have a habit of saying, (Yeah, that's a Bobby McGee). Meaning, It's good enough for me. It's odd how some song lyrics seem to come and get forgotten but others stick in your brain and become a part of common language! I love that song and often find it's one of those tunes you can't get out of your head. Even after all these years!

KK: Great actor, singer, musician, storyteller of life | Reviewer: joe bryant | 4/11/13

Kris Kristofferson is such a wonderful actor, Singer, musician, as well as great storyteller. Me & Bobby McGee, why me lord, help me make it thru the night, Sunday morning coming down. Truly a Great talent! Love him!!

good enough for me | Reviewer: rr lyrae | 11/22/12

1970 and was hitchin' North from LA to kick a light habit. Got picked up by a big tricked out truck with 5 or six good people on the ride. Stopt for the night in Big Sur and out came the guitar and harp. Guy played while his girlfriend,Bobby,blew. She was about 17 and from Lodi. She was running from a beater Dad. What a night of sweet music and free people I will not forget. Times best ...and worst but nothing but free. Now feelin' good just not enough not no more...Janis, I hear you still...

WOW | Reviewer: Rudy | 8/9/12

Kris, you are a great musician, but when it comes to this track, take a bow, the others can take a hike....Janis i wish you were here to kick ass....Babe ...I love you.....RIP....

One of the greatest songs ever.. but only by Janis. | Reviewer: Anonymous | 7/29/12

This song is my Jam. But only by Janis. No one else even comes close to doing it justice. It is so very sad that such an amazing talent wws taken away so early in life. Janis you are missed.

song of freedom | Reviewer: Anonymous | 6/24/12

One of greatest songs ever, though it is so easy and lite it is at the same time extremly heavy and deep, touching and it is warning us to live our life at full capacity! Janis rules!

Free Spirits Still Roam | Reviewer: Tim Giangiobbe | 8/5/11

Janis Launched a generation of free spirits.She along with Jimi and superb and influential groups like Buffalo Springfield came alive and then they died.It was the era the music died a generation removed.The idea of being a free spirit was just a fantasy for many.Now due to circumstances beyond their control many boomers are becoming free spirits late in life.
Never too late to live free.
Freedom is just another word for nothing left to lose.The citizens have too much too lose therefore they are easily manipulated.Let's suppose that everyone just told the lien holders of all obligations that have unreasonable terms to take a long hike off a short pier.
Then you too will truly have nothing left to lose and be dealing from a position of I DON'T GIVE A SHIT and that really freaks them out.Face it at the very point one knows they will default on a business loan that was attached to significant property equity that took a dive either seek short sale or leave if you are under water.Too many citizens let the reality rule them thinking they can change the outcome or fool a credit report.
It will never be fair in the USA when the wealthy screw up and still get recapitalized but when the average citizen messes up they have a bad credit rating there is no bail out.
So can the simple citizen.
Freedom's just another word for nothing left to lose.That works sometimes !!
When the loan leaves you under water BAIL !!

Not just in the USA | Reviewer: Kath | 6/19/11

Sorry to hear someone wrote “should not be covered” I have been singing this song for yonks, to myself and to anyone else in the family, who would listen. Just love it. I never did know the true words though – I just made a big fuss about the chorus “Freedom” bit and la la la’ed and “Bobby MacGee’ed” much of the rest. Now I can try singing it for real. Thank you.
As another commenter said – it is the feeling that counts. I knew the song was older than the version by Janis Joplin, but she is one of my all time favourite singers: Mercedes Benz etc. I’ve now learned that Harpoon stands for Harmonica -makes sense.
Do people still hitch rides in America? Hitch-hiking just does not happen in the UK and Europe anymore. Shame, I travelled loads that way in the 60’s.
My dad had worked passage to Canada, then jumped freight-train right across Canada and back during the big depression of the 1930s, so I guess it was in my blood.

Missed out | Reviewer: greg | 2/23/11

I grew up in the 70's disco era and never paid attention to rock and blues as it all just sounded so raw. God did I miss out as after listening to Janis and Pink sing Me and Bobby Mcgee did it really hit me in the face. I missed out on some of the greatest music of all time. You couldnt pay me to listen to disco now..

Message she delivered to me | Reviewer: om | 12/15/10

funny I've listened to this song for 30+ years but never knew or bothered what it says all about 'cause English is my 2nd language and I didn't know any English when I first picked up this song. somehow I've always regarded it as my sole "nation anthem" for whatever reason I didn't know 'til I found it out tonite by reading this from anonymous msg:
"(..her unrefined voice) hits a nerve that goes right TO THE SOUL."
now that I know the story this song tells(lost love?'s something else to me thou) but it doesn't matter anymore(and it never did), thank you Janis, you already told me in it, never leave my nature core being; and that's good enough for me.

There ought to be a law..... | Reviewer: Anonymous | 12/9/10

A great American ballad. A story that needed to be told. This song and Janis have stood the test of time, a real sign of great music. Janis is still a legend and with her unrefined voice hits a nerve that goes right to the soul. There should be a law that nobody could possibly interpret this song the with the same feeling and therefore should never be covered. This song is a reflection of Janis' life: crude, to the point, and filled with disappointment. Critics of Janis (of which I was one back in the day) are and were wrong. We can all learn from her and "Bobby McGee".

Special Lady JJ | Reviewer: Kay | 8/4/10

Miss Janis Joplin was a very special and talented young lady. She made the 60's a very exciting time along with others in that era. Bobby McGee became a special song because of her singing style and presentation. C

Me and Bobby McGee...the best melodrama in a song | Reviewer: queergam | 6/22/10

You are right about one thing -- that this has got to be one of the greatest songs ever written for one of the greatest singers. Harpoon, whatever, the lyrics so powerfully storied and's almost like watching movies like Love Story and Brokeback Mountain...I cried and cried so much...just listening to this song. Have been listening to it for many many years now. I am 40...and still my first red bandanna! Thanks for posting this wonderful video.