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Me and Bobby McGee

Kris Kristofferson

 

Capo 2

 

            >       >

Strum:  B   D U B U D U     > = accent
        1 + 2 + 3 + 4 +

 

Intro:  / G - - - / x2

 

G (6)

Busted flat in Baton Rouge headin' for the trains

                            D7 (2)

Feelin' nearly faded as my jeans

D7 (6)

Bobby thumbed a diesel down just before it rained

                           G (2)

Took us all the way to New Orleans

 

G (5)

Took my harpoon out of my dirty red bandana

                           G7              C (2)

And was blowin' sad while Bobby sang the blues

           C (2)

With them windshield wipers slappin' time and

G (2)

Bobby clappin' hands we finally

D7 (2)                           G    G7

Sang up every song that driver knew

 

Chorus:

C (2)                          G (2)

Freedom's just another word for nothin' left to lose

D7 (2)                                     G     G7

And nothin' ain't worth nothin' but it's free

C (2)                          G (2)

Feelin' good was easy Lord when Bobby sang the blues

     D7 (6)

And feeling good was good enough for me

                                   G (2)

Good enough for me and my Bobby McGee

 

Modulate up 1 step:

/ A - - - / - - - - /

 

A (6)

From the coal mines of Kentucky to the California sun

                               E7 (2)

Bobby shared the secrets of my soul

E7 (6)

Standin' right beside me through everythin' I done

                                     A (2)

And every night she kept me from the cold

 

      A (5)

Then somewhere near Salinas, I let her slip away

                         A7                 D (2)

She was lookin' for the home I hope she'll find

           D (2)                       A (2)

Well I'd trade all my tomorrows for a single yesterday

E7 (2)                            A (2)

Holdin' Bobby's body close to mine

 

Chorus 2:

D (2)                          A (2)

Freedom's just another word for nothin' left to lose

     E7 (2)                                A     A7

And nothin' ain't worth nothin' but it's free

D (2)                          A (2)

Feelin' good was easy Lord when Bobby sang the blues

    E7 (6)

And feeling good was good enough for me

                                A (2)

Good enough for me and my Bobby McGee

 

Outro:

A (6)

La da-da da-da da da, la da da da da

                          E7 (2)

La da-da, me and Bobby McGee

E7 (6)

La da-da da-da da da, la da da da da

                          A

La da-da, me and Bobby McGee

 

End on A

 


This file is the author's own work and represents his interpretation of this song. It's intended solely for private study, scholarship or research.