BILLBOARD TOP 40 HITS 1970: #13: “ME AND BOBBY MCGEE”- JANIS JOPLIN

Billboard Top 40 Hits 1970: #13: “Me And Bobby McGee”- Janis Joplin. January 30, 1971.

  • Single: “Me And Bobby McGee”- Janis Joplin
  • Record Company-Columbia
  • Genre: Blues Rock
  • Written by Kris Kristofferson
  • Time: 4:33
  • B-side: “Half Moon”
  • Album- Pearl
  • Grade: A+
  • Peaked at #1 2 weeks in Billboard Hot 100.

Others have covered “Me And Bobby McGee” both before Janis Joplin did- and afterwards- {it is a truly great song- it would be on the short list of songs I wish I had wrote} but this is Janis Joplin’s song. It is too bad she wasn’t around to see it become a hit. Joplin recorded the song a few days before her death in October 1970. It was released as a single on January 12, 1971- and reached #1 March 20, 1971 becoming the second posthumous #1 song in Billboard Hot 100 history- following Otis Redding’s “Dock Of The Bay.” This was Janis Joplin’s only Top 40 hit.

Busted flat in Baton Rouge, waitin’ for a train
When I’s feelin’ near as faded as my jeans
Bobby thumbed a diesel down just before it rained
And rode us all the way into New OrleansI pulled my harpoon out of my dirty red bandana
I’s playin’ soft while Bobby sang the blues
Windshield wipers slappin’ time
I’s holdin’ Bobby’s hand in mine
We sang every song that driver knewFreedom’s just another word for nothin’ left to lose
Nothin’, it ain’t nothin’ honey, if it ain’t free
And 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 McGeeFrom 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 coldOne day up near Salinas, Lord, I let him slip away
He’s lookin’ for that home and I hope he finds it
Well, I’d trade all my tomorrows for one single yesterday
To be holdin’ Bobby’s body next to mineFreedom’s just another word for nothin’ left to lose
Nothin’, and that’s all that Bobby left me
Well, feelin’ good was easy, Lord, when he sang the blues
And feelin’ good was good enough for me
Good enough for me and my Bobby McGee, yeahLa da da, la da daa, la da daa da daa da daa
La da da da daa dadada Bobby McGee-ah
La li daa da daa daa, la da daa da daa
La la laa la daada Bobby McGee-ah yeah
La di da, ladida la dida la di daa, ladida la dida la di daaHey now Bobby now now Bobby McGee yeah
Lo lo lo lolo lo lo laa, lololo lo lolo lo lolo lo lolo lo la laa
Hey now Bobby now now Bobby McGee yeah
Lord, I called him my lover, I called him my man
I said I called him my lover, did the best I can
C’mon, hey now Bobby now, hey now Bobby McGee, yeah
Lo lo Lord, a Lord, a Lord, a Lord, a Lord, a Lord, a Lord, oh
Hey, hey, hey, Bobby McGee, Lord

7 responses to “BILLBOARD TOP 40 HITS 1970: #13: “ME AND BOBBY MCGEE”- JANIS JOPLIN

  1. My favorite Joplin song. The one she will always be remembered by. I got to hear her at the Texas International Pop Festival in August of 1969. Most of the acts from Woodstock came to Texas a few weeks later. Dallas wasn’t her hometown, but we welcomed her like it was.

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