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Me And Bobby Mcgee Chords

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Busted flat in Baton Rouge and heading for the trains
                             E
Feeling nearly faded as my jeans
E
Bobby thumbed a diesel down just before it rained
                              A
Took us all the way to New Orleans
A
I took my harpoon out of my dirty red bandanna
                            D
And was blowing sad while Bobby sang the Blues
D
With them windshield wipers slapping time
             A                E                       A
And Bobby clapping hands we sang up every song that driver knew
D                                             A
Freedom is just another word for nothing left to lose
E                                         A
Nothing ain't worth nothing if it ain't free
D                                             A
Feeling good was easy Lord when Bobby sang the Blues
E
Feeling good was good enough for me
                         A
Good enough for me and Bobby McGee
A
From the coal mines of Kentucky to the California sun
                                E
Bobby shared the secrets of my soul
E
Standing right beside me Lord through everything I done
                                  A
Every night she kept me from the cold
A
Then somewhere near Salinas Lord I let her slip away
                                     D
Searching for the home I hope she'll find
                                             A
And I'd trade all my tomorrows for a single yesterday
E                             A
Holding Bobby's body next to mine
D                                              A
Freedom is just another word for nothing left to lose
E                           A
Nothing left is all she left for me
D                                       A
Feeling good was easy Lord when Bobby sang the Blues
E
It was good enough for me
                            A
Good enough for me and Bobby McGee

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La de da de da de da da La de da de da
E                     A
La de da da me and Bobby McGee
E                     A
La de da da me and Bobby McGee
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moley2 10 May 15, 2015 05:23 AM

Gawd knows where "harpoon" comes from. The words refer to a harmonica...slang term "harp"...thus the lyrics ought to read "I took my harp from outa my dirty red bandana..."

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jps0869 10 Jan 29, 2016 02:35 PM

It's clearly "harpoon" and not "harp on oughtta" or "harp from." One possible explanation that I've read online is that "harpoon" was GI slang for hypodermic needle among morphine-addicted vets. Hence, it's a double-entente for "harmonica" and "needle."

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Panama1958 78 Jul 28, 2016 07:59 AM

Listening to the Kris Kristofferson version he clearly sings harpoon and it is followed by a quiet background harmonica fill so 1) It isn't anything other than harpoon - KK wrote the song so he should know what words he wrote and 2) He means it as a synonym for harmonica. He's just playing with the word as poets and songwriters sometimes do.

While it appears that harpoon has been used as a synonym for hypodermic needle I can't see that it needs that interpretation here as there is no other relevant context.

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