ME AND BOBBY MCGEE – Guitar Lesson

Only two songs in history have become #1 hits posthumously …. Sittin' on the Dock of the Bay and this one. Janis did just that with Kris Kristofferson's classic in 1971. Here's your Me and Bobby McGee guitar lesson!

B usted flat in Baton Rouge, headin' for the train
Feelin' nearly faded as my  jeans

Bobby thumbed a diesel down,

Just before it rained
Took us all the way to New  Orleans

  I took my harpoon out of my dirty red bandanna
  C7 F
And was blowing sad while  Bobby sang the  blues

With those windshield wipers slappin' time
And  Bobby clappin' hands
  G7 C
We finally  sang up every song that driver  knew

1st Chorus:
  F C
  Freedom's just another word for  nothin' left to lose
  G7 C
  Nothin' ain't worth nothin' but it's  free
  F C
  Feeling good was easy Lord when  Bobby sang the blues
  Feeling good was good enough for me
Good enough for me and Bobby  McGee


Key change to D/A7/G

From the coal mines of Kentucky to the California sun
Bobby shared the secrets of my soul
Standin' right beside me Lord
Through everything I've done
And every night she kept me from the cold

Then somewhere near Salinas Lord I let her slip away
Lookin' for the home I hope she'll find
And I'd trade all of my tomorrows
For a single yesterday
Holdin' Bobby's body next to mine

2nd Chorus:
Freedom's just another word for nothin' left to lose
Nothin' left is all she left for me
Feeling good was easy Lord when Bobby sang the blues
And buddy that was good enough for me

Good enough for me and Bobby McGee

{ 11 comments… read them below or add one }

dennis December 21, 2011 at 12:26 PM

New to your site ,looks great, think I could learn a lot.


admin December 21, 2011 at 12:30 PM

Great Dennis …. would love to have you on board!


Rusty November 19, 2012 at 4:33 PM

easy learning lesson thanks


admin November 24, 2012 at 11:01 AM

You bet Rusty!


joey ysla December 22, 2012 at 8:26 PM

enjoyed the music and the nice recall. more power jackson!


Santino Jessie May 12, 2014 at 8:26 PM

Great work teach.your such an inspiration, you make me want to play  again& sing ;because one time in my life I almost gave up because somebody said I stunk ,I took it to Heart .And didn't play for 25 yr.And watching you play reminds me how much fun  I used to have when I played with my Kin growing up.Keep up the good work Brother.Your bringing me back again Thanks! The Rocket.


admin May 12, 2014 at 8:41 PM

Thanks Rocket …. keep soaring!


Daryle September 21, 2017 at 10:36 PM

hi I've never played in my life before this and feel comfortable playing  I think I finally have a chance to learn how to play  and I thank you for that 

thank you 



admin September 21, 2017 at 10:37 PM

You are most welcome Daryle!


Ron Hensley December 19, 2017 at 4:50 AM

Hi Mr. Mace: Just joined your site. Your teaching methods are very interesting. I love the way you tell a little about each song. Thanks for your time.

Ron Hensley


admin December 19, 2017 at 7:35 AM

Thanks Ron. And you are most welcome!


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