Covers from the heart.

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Goodday my favorite readers and music lovers!

Yesterday I told you about my special hobby. I used to collect what were (in my opinion) good covers of good songs. I searched for something transformative, something unique but still true to the original song. I can’t explain it very well but I find it heartwarming to find songs that are accepted and loved by another artist.

To kick of this maybe series (I’m just a surprise, you never know what you gonna get) I chose the song ‘Me & Bobby McGee‘ originally from Janis Joplin and adopted by Pink!

Edit: I found out that the original belongs to Roger Miller. I keep on learning!

The voices are stunning in both versions. Pink performs this song (which sounds easy but it is not) with such ease and fun that it sounds really great to me.

 

 

Lyrics:

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 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’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’, 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 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

One 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 mine

Freedom’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, yeah

All together now: 

La 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 daa

Now the peope in the back: 

Hey 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

21 thoughts on “Covers from the heart.

    1. The song is such a classic but there a so many classics I don’t know either. Something learned today 🙂
      Pink is maybe not that known. She sang on ‘Lady Marmelade’ from a few years ago. She is kind of a ‘rebel’ with a strong voice. She has an empowering message for women in my opinion.
      The song ‘Piece Of My Heart’ would be maybe more known but I remember hearing Bobby McGee and it stayed in my heart 🙂

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  1. Pink is huge in the US still. I’m not a big fan, but she is very talented. And I’m totally with you on covers and it drives my wife nuts. I have playlist after playlist that are just cover songs and she hates them as much as I love them. If you had to make a list of your Top 5 covers of all time — they don’t need a special meaning or anything like that, I just want to learn about some cool covers — what would they be?

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    1. Well I was going to post them all of course! Now I need to think ….
      My Way – Herman Brood
      Whiskey in the jar – Metallica
      Hallelujah – Jeff Buckley
      The man who sold the world – Nirvana
      Lean on me – Hootie and the Blowfish (can’t find a decent version online)

      And your top 5 would be? In no particular order, I’m curious too!

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      1. Coldplay also did a really good live cover of Kylie Minogue’s “Can’t Get You Out of My Head” if you want to hear something they did a little closer to the original song.

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      2. While in college I was forced to listen to the ‘na na na na …..’ so much! The horror!
        Coldplay must be different and better, I’m going to check it out. Meanwhile I’m finding so many good covers and even worse – the sublime originals of some songs! I gets me out of my head for a while and I’m glad 🙂

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      3. It was without the ‘na na na’ so good! I’m in blues and soul now, the original of ‘Hound Dog’ was sung by a very nice lady! Fun how it can all spark interest and creativity!

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  2. Ha! What a synchronicity, I posted a cover version of a song today, very different from yours though, must be something in the air 🙂

    I love the way you do your music posts, there’s a strong personal connection between you and the songs you choose.

    Love Pink, love Janis J – both awesome females with strong voices full of character.

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    1. Ha! Where did you post it, I did not see it. It must be that the stars are aligned!
      I thought you may like this song, weird he? The universe is like that.
      Thank you for the compliment, music was my first love I guess. It always has meaning, I can’t ‘just’ listen.

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    1. So cool! I sing along too but it’s so difficult isn’t it? Towards the end it’s really hard. Those ladies know what they are doing!
      That’s why I also like covers because it takes talent to cover a song properly. It shows the personal approach of an artist and the skills.
      I guess I’m not a great singer but it’s so fun to try. Thanks for singing along! xx

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  3. I can see why you liked this cover! It’s a very different style than what I usually hear from Pink, but her voice really works with the song and she brings out the feeling well.

    I enjoy good covers, though I also tend to get attached to the first version I hear. The recent cover of “Sounds of Silence” by Disturbed is one I immediately liked. It’s so distinct from the original that I can like them both in different yet equal ways.

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