Five On Friday - Me & Bobby McGee

Sparks Of Insanity By Vinny "Bond" Marini Friday, March 11, 2011

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1. Grab the banner, make your post title Five on Friday, and be sure to link back here.

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The song "Me and Bobby McGee" has been rattling around in my head the last couple of days and I thought it would be fun to list 5 different versions of this iconic song.

Some facts about "Me and Bobby McGee
  • t was written by Kris Kristofferson and Fred Foster
  • Originally performed by Roger Miller, peaking with it at No. 12 on the US country chart in 1969
  • Janis Joplin, topped the U.S. singles chart with the song in 1971, after her death, making the song the second posthumous number-one single in U.S. chart history after "(Sittin' On) The Dock of the Bay" by Otis Redding
  • In 2004, the Janis Joplin version of this song was ranked No. 148 on Rolling Stone's list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time
  • Gordon Lightfoot's version hit No. 13 on the pop chart and No. 1 country in his native Canada in 1970
  • Kristofferson performed the song live at the Isle of Wight Festival 1970
  • The line about "Bobby and I Sang the Blues", was adopted by Don McLean for the song "American Pie", when he met a girl who "sang the blues", hoping for some "happy news", but "she just smiled and turned away"
  • The line: "Freedom is just another word for nothing left to lose/ Nothing ain't worth nothing but it's free", is listed in Bartlett's Familiar Quotations under Kris Kristofferson's name
Enjoy the song in 5 of its many versions...


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6 Of Your Sparks

  1. Unknown Says:
  2. Love this style of Five on Friday.

    Killer tune.

    Carry on, sir!

  3. Jay Says:
  4. Kris is a great songwriter.

    Pink also did a great version of this song at some live event a few years back.

  5. My that girl sure did get around!!!

    Fun Set and interesting comparison of sounds.

  6. Travis Cody Says:
  7. I'm partial to the Janis cover of this great tune. I've always thought the song was better when performed by a female vocalist.

  8. j Says:
  9. Vinny, I have never heard Bobby McGee performed by a man. Imagine my absolute surprise to realize that Janis Joplin was just doing a cover of it. She just sounds so right!

    Have a great weekend!

  10. Polly Says:
  11. My dad would play a little Johnny Cash in our drive to some hike or fishing in the dark early morning hours. His is the version I remember. I think I must not have paid much attention to the Joplin version, as everyone else seems to know.


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