Where Is Bobby McGee?

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This song is a commentary on the lyrics of "Me and Bobby McGee" by Janis Joplin / Kris Kristofferson.

lyrics

Come on, sit down. Talk a minute.
I know being left is hard to take,
And if you let it get to you,
You can make some mistakes.
So don’t you say such stupid things.
You might be surprised.
Could be giving up more tomorrows
Than you realize.

Bobby McGee can have his freedom.
Let it go. You don’t need ‘em.
Yeah, he can have his freedom.
You don’t need ‘em. Don’t need ‘em at all.

Well, I once knew a guy,
Knew he wouldn’t harm a fly.
So, rest of the kids,
We let him hang with us.
Sure, the man was good for the feel-good times,
But he never earned my trust.
Not at all.
Whoa, not at all. So I say

Bobby McGee can have his freedom.
I’ve let it go. We don’t need it.
Yeah, he can have his freedom.
He can have his freedom if he wants. All that he wants.

So don’t envy a man ‘cause he says he’s unbound.
Be grateful to find people who’ll tie you down.
Why be always on the move
If you ain’t going nowhere?
And the home he’s supposed to find,
Well, could be just hot air.
Some people better grab on
To something, soon.
Before they float on off away
Like when some kid lets go of a balloon.
Yeah,
Whoa-oh-oh-oh, and I say

Bobby McGee can have his freedom.
Let it go. I don’t need it.
Yeah, he can have his freedom.
He can have his freedom if he wants.

[skat singing]

Yeah, I’m young. I got nothing to lose.
I owe nothing to no one, ‘cept to sing the blues.
Look ahead, wonder where I’ll be.

And where, after all of it,
Where is Bobby McGee?
Yeah, where did it get you now,
Bob?

[scat singing]

Yeah, if you want.
Yeah.
If you want. If you want.
If you want.
Hey, now.

credits

from Stay Awake, released March 17, 2010
words and music by Brian Rose

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Wrong Side of Dawn Highland Park, New Jersey

New Jersey-based songwriting duo Nelson Pavlosky and Brian Rose carefully craft complex songs in the classic rock tradition with an alternative vibe. If you smashed The Who into The Goo Goo Dolls, you might get Wrong Side of Dawn. Or you might get a fistfight between Johnny Rzeznik and Roger Daltrey. Either way you can't lose! ... more

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