Citat af : Kris Kristoffersen: “Freedom's just another word for nothin' left to lose And nothin' left was all she left to me Feelin' good was easy, Lord, when Bobby sang the blues And buddy, that was good enough for me Good enough for me and Bobby McGee”. Sangskrivere: Kris Kristoffersen / Fred Foster. Label: Monument Records. Originalfoto: pixabay.com. Citatillustration: Maria Busch
Citat af : Kris Kristoffersen: “Freedom's just another word for nothin' left to lose And nothin' left was all she left to me Feelin' good was easy, Lord, when Bobby sang the blues And buddy, that was good enough for me Good enough for me and Bobby McGee”. Sangskrivere: Kris Kristoffersen / Fred Foster. Label: Monument Records. Originalfoto: pixabay.com. Citatillustration: Maria Busch“Freedom’s just another word for nothin’ left to lose
And nothin’ left was all she left to me
Feelin’ good was easy, Lord, when Bobby sang the blues
And buddy, that was good enough for me
Good enough for me and Bobby McGee”
Sangskrivere: Kris Kristoffersen / Fred Foster. Label: Monument Records

Sangen ‘Me and Bobby McGee’ er blevet indspillet af ikke mindre end 43 sangere og bands. Roger Miller var den første til at indspille den melankolske og smertefyldte sang, der for mig handler om to marginaliserede menneskers altomfattende ensomhed, men også om at overleve på trods.

Kris Kristoffersen indspillede selv sangen i 1970, men det er formodentlig Janis Joplins episke version, som vi kender bedst. Joplin døde få dage efter, hun indspillede Me and Bobby McGee, hvilket ikke gør sangen mindre melankolsk og smertefyldt.

Det er først inden for det seneste år, at jeg er begyndt at grave dybere i Kris Kristoffersen musikalske univers – ansporet af hans sangtekster. Jeg er ikke den store fan af countrymusik, men Kristoffersens tekster er noget ganske særligt. I min optik rangerer de helt oppe ved siden af Bob Dylan og Leonard Cohens. Ligesom disse to virtuoser forkæler Kristoffersen os med sangtekster, der ofte er at ligestille med poesi.

Forslag til artikler:
Courtney Campbell: ‘Me and Bobby McGee’: The Story Behind the Song, Wide Open Country, 25. juni 2020
Thomas Vilhelm: Bobby McGee og de andre skæbner: 50 år med Kris Kristoffersons debut, POW, 8. marts 2020 
Paul Zollo: Behind the Song: “Me and Bobby McGee” by Kris Kristofferson & Fred Foster, American Songwriter, 10. februar 2020

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