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Me and Bobby McGhee

  • (Kris Kristofferson / Fred Foster)

       Freedom's just another word for nothing left to lose
       Nothing ain't worth nothing but it's free
       Feeling good was easy, Lord, when Bobby sang the blues
       Feeling good was good enough for me
       Good enough for me and Bobby McGhee

    Busted flat in Baton Rouge, waiting for a train
    Feeling near as faded as my jeans 
    Bobby thumbed a diesel down just before it rained
    Towed us all the way to New Orleans 
    I took my harpoon out of my dirty red bandanna  
    I was playing soft while Bobby sang the blues    
    Windshield wipers slapped in time I was holding Bobby's hand in mine
    We sang every song that driver knew 

    From the coalmines of Kentucky to the California sun
    Bobby shared the secrets of my soul
    Through all kinds of weather everything we've done   
    Every night he kept me from the cold 
    Somewhere near Salinas, Lord, I let him slip away
    Looking for that home I hope he'll find 
    I'd trade all my tomorrows for a single yesterday
    Holding Bobby's body next to mine

    (as sung by Joan Baez)

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  • [?:] Dieses Lied beschreibt den Traum von mittelständischen Jugendlichen, einfach abzuhauen. [Den Refrain] kann man so auffassen: Freiheit bedeutet, nichts (keine materiellen Werte) zu haben, was man verlieren kann, nichts (der etablierten Gesellschaft) ist etwas wert, aber für uns ist es Freiheit. (Liederkiste 1981,4.Aufl. - Nr. 88)

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