Me and Bobby McGee chords & lyrics

by Janis Joplin

Me and Bobby McGee was written by Kris Kristofferson and Fred Foster. It was recorded between Sep 5 - Oct 1, 1970, and the single released on Jan 11, 1971 from the album Pearl.

Music: Key of G Major with a key change to A Major in 4/4 time at ~ 94 (♩)
Chords in G Major: G, GaddC, G7, C, D, D7
Janis Joplin

Me and Bobby McGee by Janis Joplin

Intro: 4/4
   |   G    GaddC   |  G     GaddC     G  |

    G
1. Bust-ed flat in Bat-on Rouge___ Waiting  for  a  train
                                              D
   And I's feel-ing near-ly as fa-ded as my jeans
      
   Bob-by thumbed a die-sel down___ Just be-fore it rained
                                   |  G  GaddC   G  |
   It rode us all the way to New Or-leans
       G
   I pulled my har-poon out of my di-rty red ban-dan-na
                             G7                C
   I was play-ing soft while Bob-by sang the blues
     C                                        G
   Wind-shield wip-ers slap-ping time___ I was hold-ing Bob-by's hand in mine
   D                                 D7
   We sang ev'-ry song that driv-er knew

         C                                 G
Chorus: Free-dom's just a-no-ther word for no-thing left to lose
         D7                                             G
        Noth-ing don't mean noth-ing honey if it ain't free no no
             C                          G
        And feel-ing good was ea-sy Lord when he sang the blues
                  D
        You know feel-ing good was good en-ough for me
                                              G      |     A     |
        Good e-nough for me and my Bob-by Mc-Gee...   (key change)

             A
2. From the Ken-tuck-y coal mine to the Cal-i-for-nia sun
                                         E
   Hey Bob-by shared the sec-rets of my soul

   Through all kinds of weath-er through ev’-ry-thing we done
                                      A
   Hey Bob-by ba-by kept me from the cold
        A
   One day up near Sa-li-nas Lord___ I let him slip a-way
                           A7                  D
   He's look-ing for that home and I hope he finds it
             D                                  A
   But I'd trade all of my to-mor-rows for one sing-le yes-ter-day
           E                               E7
   To be hold-ing Bob-by's bo-dy next to mine

          D                                  A
Chorus: Freed-om is just a-noth-er word for noth-ing left to lose
        E7                                   A
        No-thing that's all that Bob-by left me yeah
             D                          A
        But feel-ing good was ea-sy Lord when he sang the blues
             E7
        Hey feel-ing good was good e-nough for me hmm  hmm
                                              A
        Good e-nough for me and my Bob-by Mc-Gee

         A
3. La da da   la da da   la da da   la da da da
                                     E
   La da da   la da da   Bob-by  Mc-Gee

   La da da da da da     La na na na na
                                    A
   La la la la la la     Bob-by Mc-Gee yeah

         A   
4. La na na  la na la la na la  la na na___ La na na  la na na  la na na___
                                   E
   Hey now Bob–by lo-na Bob-by Mc-Gee yeah
                 
   Lo-na  Lo-la-la  lo-na-na___ Lo-na-na  lo-na-na  lo-na-na  lo-na-na  lo-na-na
                                     A
   Hey now Bob-by lo - na Bob-by Mc-Gee yeah

             A
5. Lord I'm cal-ling my lov-er call-ing my man

   I said I'm call-ing my lov-er just the best I can
                                                E
   C'mon hey now Bob-by yeah hey now Bob-by Mc-Gee yeah

   Lor-dy Lor-dy Lor-dy Lor-dy Lor-dy Lor-dy Lor-dy Lord
                          A
   Hey hey hey Bob-by Mc-Gee Lord

Instr:|  A  |  A  |  A  |  E  |  E  |  E  |  E  |  A  | 
  
      |  A  |  A  |  A  |  E  |  E  |  E  |  E  |  A  |

      |     A     |     A     |     A     |     E     |
                                                (Lordy)

            E     
   (Lordy) Lor-dy Lor-dy Lor-dy Lor-dy Lor-dy Lor-dy Lord
                         | A         | 
    Hey hey hey Bob-by Mc-Gee yeah... 
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Me & Bobby McGee chords and lyrics

G Major → A Major

Red numbers: Finger positions/notes played
A column of 1's: Barre 1st finger over marked strings
Unmarked strings: Play open 
x: Don't play string

Right-Handed Chord Tabs   
          G               GaddC              G7                D                 D7                 C
  e |---|---|-3-|   e |---|---|-4-|   e |-1-|---|---|   e |---|-2-|---|   e |---|-3-|---|   e |---|---|---|
  B |---|---|---|   B |-1-|---|---|   B |---|---|---|   B |---|---|-3-|   B |-1-|---|---|   B |-1-|---|---|
  G |---|---|---|   G |---|---|---|   G |---|---|---|   G |---|-1-|---|   G |---|-2-|---|   G |---|---|---|
  D |---|---|---|   D |---|---|---|   D |---|---|---|   D |---|---|---|   D |---|---|---|   D |---|-2-|---|
  A |---|-1-|---|   A |---|-2-|---|   A |---|-2-|---|   A |---|---|---|x  A |---|---|---|x  A |---|---|-3-|
  E |---|---|-2-|   E |---|---|-3-|   E |---|---|-3-|   E |---|---|---|x  E |---|---|---|x  E |---|---|---|x
Frets 1   2   3         1   2   3         1   2   3         1   2   3         1   2   3         1   2   3 

          A                A7                 E                E7              E7 (alt)          C (alt)
  e |---|---|---|   e |---|---|---|   e |---|---|---|   e |---|---|---|   e |---|---|---|   e |---|---|---|
  B |---|-3-|---|   B |---|-3-|---|   B |---|---|---|   B |---|---|---|   B |---|---|-3-|   B |-1-|---|---|
  G |---|-2-|---|   G |---|---|---|   G |-1-|---|---|   G |-1-|---|---|   G |-1-|---|---|   G |---|---|---|
  D |---|-1-|---|   D |---|-1-|---|   D |---|-3-|---|   D |---|---|---|   D |---|---|---|   D |---|-3-|---|
  A |---|---|---|   A |---|---|---|   A |---|-2-|---|   A |---|-2-|---|   A |---|-2-|---|   A |---|---|-4-|
  E |---|---|---|x  E |---|---|---|x  E |---|---|---|   E |---|---|---|   E |---|---|---|   E |---|---|-3-| 
Frets 1   2   3         1   2   3         1   2   3         1   2   3         1   2   3         1   2   3 

Left-Handed Chord Tabs 
       G               GaddC              G7                D                 D7                 C
 |-3-|---|---| e   |-4-|---|---| e   |---|---|-1-| e   |---|-2-|---| e   |---|-3-|---| e   |---|---|---| e
 |---|---|---| B   |---|---|-1-| B   |---|---|---| B   |-3-|---|---| B   |---|---|-1-| B   |---|---|-1-| B
 |---|---|---| G   |---|---|---| G   |---|---|---| G   |---|-1-|---| G   |---|-2-|---| G   |---|---|---| G
 |---|---|---| D   |---|---|---| D   |---|---|---| D   |---|---|---| D   |---|---|---| D   |---|-2-|---| D
 |---|-1-|---| A   |---|-2-|---| A   |---|-2-|---| A  x|---|---|---| A  x|---|---|---| A   |-3-|---|---| A
 |-2-|---|---| E   |-3-|---|---| E   |-3-|---|---| E  x|---|---|---| E  x|---|---|---| E  x|---|---|---| E
   3   2   1         3   2   1         3   2   1         3   2   1         3   2   1         3   2   1 Frets
   
       A                A7                 E                E7              E7 (alt)          C (alt)
 |---|---|---| e   |---|---|---| e   |---|---|---| e   |---|---|---| e   |---|---|---| e   |---|---|---| e
 |---|-3-|---| B   |---|-3-|---| B   |---|---|---| B   |---|---|---| B   |-3-|---|---| B   |---|---|-1-| B
 |---|-2-|---| G   |---|---|---| G   |---|---|-1-| G   |---|---|-1-| G   |---|---|-1-| G   |---|---|---| G
 |---|-1-|---| D   |---|-1-|---| D   |---|-3-|---| D   |---|---|---| D   |---|---|---| D   |---|-2-|---| D
 |---|---|---| A   |---|---|---| A   |---|-2-|---| A   |---|-2-|---| A   |---|-2-|---| A   |-4-|---|---| A
x|---|---|---| E  x|---|---|---| E   |---|---|---| E   |---|---|---| E   |---|---|---| E   |-3-|---|---| E
   3   2   1         3   2   1         3   2   1         3   2   1         3   2   1         3   2   1 Frets
      

Notes

  • Level Of Ease: Easy song for beginners
  • Song Keys: G Major (1 sharp - F#) with a key change to A Major (3 sharps - F# C# G#) after the first chorus, going into the second verse.
  • In the Intro, the GaddC chord is simply played by playing a G chord using fingers 2, 3, and 4, and adding the C note with your first finger (first fret, 2nd string). You don't have to play the chord, but it does add a nice touch.
  • You can play the GaddC as a C/G which is a C chord leading with a G bass note on the 6th string. This is a popular alternative to the normal C chord especially in country music where you can alternate between the bass notes of each chord with the normal C chord (C bass note) and the C/G chord (G bass note).
  • You may want to add 7th and sus4 versions of chords, e.g., in the instrumental section at the end of the song. This can help make the song sound a little more interesting if you are playing solo. Instead of playing the same chord for 6 bars you might consider the following:
    Instead of | A | A | A | E |, try | A - A7 | A - Asus4 | A - A7 | E |... or make up your own.
  • | E | E | E | E | could also have been written as | E | % | % | % | where the repeat sign % signifies a repeat of the previous bar.
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