Me & Bobby McGee

KEY: Me and Bobby McGee by Janis Joplin is in the key of C Major. It should be played at a tempo of 144 BPM. This track was released in 1969.

G               G          G                G
Busted flat in Baton Rouge, waitin' for a train
         G                G        D7      D7
When I's feelin' near as faded as my jeans
D7               D7        D7               D7
Bobby thumbed a diesel down just before it rained
     D7              D7            G - C    G
And rode us all the way into New Orleans

I pulled my harpoon out of my dirty red bandana
I's playin' soft while Bobby sang the blues
Windshield wipers slappin' time, I was holdin' Bobby's hand in mine
We sang every song that driver knew

C                C             G                 G
Freedom's just another word for nothin' left to lose
D7                 D7                          G  G
Nothin', it ain't nothin' honey, if it ain't free
    C                C              G                 G
And feelin' good was easy, lord, oh, when he sang the blues
         D7               D7               D7D7
You know feelin' good was good enough for me
D7               D7               G    G    A    A
Good enough for me and my Bobby McGee
 

[key change]

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

One day up near Salinas, lo-ord, 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 mine

[chorus]

D                                                  A
Freedom's just another word for nothin' left to lose
E                                         A
Nothin', and that's all that Bobby left me
      D                           A
Well, feelin' good was easy, lo-o-ord, when he sang the blues
    E               E               EE
And feelin' good was good enough for me
E               E               A         A
Good enough for me and my Bobby McGee yeah

 

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