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Janis Joplin
American singer
(1943-70)



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Oh Lord, won't you buy me a Mercedes Benz?
My friends all drive Porsches, I must make amends
-- "Mercedes Benz" (1970 song)

Work me, lord. Please don't you leave me. I feel so useless down here with no one to love. Though I looked everywhere, and I can't find me anybody to love, to feel my care...So, work me Lord, oh, use me Lord. Can I show you how hard it is trying to live when you're all alone? Everyday I keep trying to move forward but something is driving me, oh, back. Something's trying to hold on to me, to my way of life. So, oh, don't you forget me down here lord, no no no no no, don't you forget me, Lord. Well I don't think I'm any very special kind of person down here, I know better. But I don't think you're gonna find anybody, not anybody who can say that they tried like I tried. The worst that you can say all about me is that I'm never satisfied...
-- "Work me, Lord", live at Woodstock (1969)

Honey, I love to go to parties,
And I like to have a good time,
But if it gets too pale after a while
Honey and I start looking to find
One good man.

One good man,
Oh ain’t much, honey ain’t much,
It’s only everything...

An’ I don’t want much outa life,
I never wanted a mansion in the south.
I just-a want to find someone sincere
Who’d treat me like he talks,
One good man.
-- "One Good Man" (1969)


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The selection of the above quotes and the writing of the accompanying notes was performed by the author David Paul Wagner.

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