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 includes 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 the Dick Oxtot Jazz Band, is on the 1975 compilation album Janis.[1] The song is also included on the 2007 compilation The Very Best Of Janis Joplin.[2]

The song is often incorrectly attributed to Bessie Smith.[3]


  1. ^ Janis. Disc 2: Early Performances. Produced by Paul A. Rotchild. Recorded 1963, 1964, 1965. CBS 1975 (467406-2).
    - "Janis Joplin Sessionography". Retrieved 23 December 2008. 
    - Russell Cronin (2005). "Marijuana music discography – Selected ganja tunes from 1965 to 1978". Archived from the original on 13 April 2009. Retrieved 23 December 2008. 
  2. ^ "Janis Joplin - The Very Best Of Janis Joplin". Retrieved 23 December 2008. 
  3. ^ "Janis Joplin "Mary Jane"". Retrieved 17 June 2013.