Janis Joplin: Me and Bobby McGee Meaning
Song Released: 1971
Get "Me and Bobby McGee" on MP3:Get MP3 from Amazon
Me and Bobby McGee Lyrics
And I's feeling nearly as faded as my jeans.
Bobby thumbed a diesel down just before it rained,
It rode us all the way to New Orleans.
I pulled my harpoon out of my dirty red bandanna,
anonymous May 11th, 2017 5:04am report
Peace comes when one has no worldly attachments and with this we find freedom!
anonymous Mar 15th, 2012 3:54pm report
When Janis Joplin sang this song, everyone figured Bobby McGee was a man. But the song was originally written by Janis' former boyfriend Kris Kristofferson. And when Kriss wrote the song, Bobby McGee was a girl In fact, Bobby McGee was an alias for Janis Joplin herself.
At the start of the song, Bobby McGee and her boyfriend are backpacking all over America. They hitch a ride with a truck driver. Bobby sings, to entertain the trucker, while her lover plays the harmonica (a harmonica is often called a "blues harp," and "harpoon" is another nickname for the harmonica).
We're led to believe that Bobby McGeee is a free spirit who hates the idea of being tied down. For that reason, Bobby eventually abandons the lover, in search of some elusive place where he or she will be happy.
The lover misses Bobby, but doesn't hold any grudges over being abandoned. The lover thinks Bobby was a rare and special person, and hopes Bobby finds whatever it is he/she is looking for.
The lover draws one lesson: "freedom's just another word for nothing left to lose." That means we're only free if we have nothing. If we have friends, families, jobs, relationships, homes... then we're not really free, because we have ties and responsibilities. The only way to be completely free is not to have possessions or commitments or relationships.
More Janis Joplin song meanings »
Submit Your Interpretation
Related Blog Posts
|Cover Me Bad - Eight hit songs that nobody knows are cover versions|
|End of Time||anonymous|
|Let Me Go||anonymous|
|Let You Down||anonymous|
|Death of a Hero||anonymous|
|Where is the love?||anonymous|
|Lean Wit Me||anonymous|
|You're Somebody Else||anonymous|
|The Boy Who Destroyed The World||anonymous|