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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
Bobby thumbed a diesel down just before it rained
                              A
took us all the way to New Orleans
I took my harpoon out of my dirty red bandanna
                            D
and was blowing sad while Bobby sang the Blues
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
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Feeling good was good enough for me
                         A
good enough for me and Bobby McGee
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>From the coal mines of Kentucky to the California sun
                                E
Bobby shared the secrets of my soul
Standing right beside me Lord through everything I done
                                  A
Every night she kept me from the cold
Then somewhere near Salinas Lord I let her slip away
                           E
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

(Fade out with)
D                       A
La de da de da de da da La de da de da
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La de da da me and Bobby McGee X2 
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moley2 10 May 15, 2015 09:23 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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FL_Bob2002 500 Sep 11, 2015 07:19 AM, edited at 07:20 am

Even Janis Joplin sang harpoon. If you look up the definition of a harpoon it says a barbed, spear like missile thrown by hand or shot from a gun, used for killing and capturing whales and large fish.

I dont think I would want that tucked into my bandanna for sure.

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jps0869 10 Jan 29, 2016 07:35 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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