Mary Jane (Janis Joplin song)

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"Mary Jane" is a blues song by Janis Joplin.

The song has five verses; the first features the line "when I bring home my hard-earned pay, I spend my money all on Mary Jane".

A live performance of the song, recorded in San Francisco 1965 with Dick Oxtot Jazz Band, can be heard on the 1975 compilation album Janis.[1][2][3] The song is also included on the 2007 compilation The Very Best Of Janis Joplin.[4]

The song is often incorrectly attributed to Bessie Smith.[5]


  1. ^ Janis. Disc 2: Early Performances. Produced by Paul A. Rotchild. Recorded 1963, 1964, 1965. CBS 1975 (467406-2).
  2. ^ "Janis Joplin Sessionography". Retrieved 2008-12-23. 
  3. ^ Russell Cronin (2005). "Marijuana music discography – Selected ganja tunes from 1965 to 1978". Retrieved 2008-12-23. 
  4. ^ "Janis Joplin - The Very Best Of Janis Joplin". Retrieved 2008-12-23. 
  5. ^ "Janis Joplin "Mary Jane"". Retrieved 2013-06-17.