Talk:Me and Bobby McGee

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I feel Janis Joplin's association with the song was misrepresented, I hope the edits I made to her section are satisfactory to most. Kristofferson and Joplin were closely associated.


The article currently needs a citation for the statememnt "one of the most-covered songs of all time", otherwise it should be removed. Design 23:26, 27 April 2006 (UTC)

Broken link[edit]

I don't know if this is the ideal place to do this. But the external link for the lyrics of this song is currently broken and leads to the front page of the site.

An alternate link might be [link to copyvio website removed] (the first one googling)

Are we allowed to post such links? My understanding is that links to lyric sites aren't alloweed on grounds of copyvio. 23skidoo 04:44, 11 October 2006 (UTC)
Yes, exactly. Mushroom (Talk) 00:33, 7 November 2006 (UTC)

Contradiction between this and Janis Joplin[edit]

Me and Bobby McGee and Janis Joplin have contradictory information. Janis Joplin says that the last song she recored was Mercedes Benz while Me and Bobby McGee says that it was Me and Bobby McGee. - Jarn 04:52, 3 October 2007 (UTC)

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BetacommandBot (talk) 19:32, 2 January 2008 (UTC)


I have always thought hearing the word "harpoon" in the line "..I pulled my harpoon out of my dirty red bandanna.." must have been a mondegreen. But checking a lyrics site, I see it (probably) isn't ! So I ask, is harpoon another word for harmonica/mouth organ? Feroshki (talk) 06:15, 12 November 2009 (UTC)

  • In southern slang, "harp" (or "harpoon") is short for mouth harp, and is a colloquialism for a harmonica. In the 60's a "harpoon" was also slang for a heroin needle. Though he's never said, I suspect Kristofferson picked the word because of the double-meaning (as many songs that year did, famously including Hey Jude). --SilyOlPooh (talk) 02:36, 5 November 2010 (UTC)

Argument that it was impossible for Joplin to have copied Weir's ending[edit]

I undid this edit for more than one reason. It left a paragraph in a self-contradictory state, it used an idiosyncratic term ("the dreads") for the Grateful Dead, and it (maybe inadvertently?) changed the year 2009 to 009.

However, if there's merit to the complaint, then someone who knows more about it than I do might take it up. --Trovatore (talk) 05:10, 11 February 2014 (UTC)