Daily Archives: August 28, 2012

Me and Bobby McGee – Janis Joplin Rare Version! HQ (I’d trade all my tomorrows for just one yesterday)


Me & Bobby McGee Lyrics  (“Me and Bobby McGee” as written by Kris/foster Kristofferson)
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Busted flat in Baton Rouge, waiting for a train
And I’s feeling nearly as faded as my jeans.
Bobby thumbed a diesel down just before it rained,
It rode us all the way to New Orleans.

I pulled my harpoon out of my dirty red bandanna,
I was playing soft while Bobby sang the blues.
Windshield wipers slapping time, I was holding Bobby’s hand in mine,
We sang every song that driver knew.

Freedom’s just another word for nothing left to lose,
Nothing don’t mean nothing honey if it ain’t free, now now.
And feeling good was easy, Lord, when he sang the blues,
You know feeling good was good enough for me,
Good enough for me and my Bobby McGee.

From the Kentucky coal mines to the California sun,
Hey, Bobby shared the secrets of my soul.
Through all kinds of weather, through everything we done,
Hey Bobby baby? kept me from the cold.

One day up near Salinas,I let him slip away,
He’s looking for that home and I hope he finds it,
But I’d trade all of my tomorrows for just one yesterday
To be holding Bobby’s body next to mine.

Freedom is just another word for nothing left to lose,
Nothing, that’s all that Bobby left me, yeah,
But feeling good was easy, Lord, when he sang the blues,
Hey, feeling good was good enough for me, hmm hmm,
Good enough for me and my Bobby McGee.

La la la, la la la la, la la la, la la la la
La la la la la Bobby McGee.
La la la la la, la la la la la
La la la la la, Bobby McGee, la.

La La la, la la la la la la,
La La la la la la la la la, ain`t no bumb on my Bobby McGee yeah.
Na na na na na na na na, na na na na na na na na na na na
Hey now Bobby now, Bobby McGee, yeah.

Lord, I’m calling my lover, calling my man,
I said I’m calling my lover just the best I can,
C’mon, hey now Bobby yeah, hey now Bobby McGee, yeah,
Lordy Lordy Lordy Lordy Lordy Lordy Lordy Lord
Hey, hey, hey, Bobby McGee, Lord!

Yeah! Whew!

Lordy Lordy Lordy Lordy Lordy Lordy Lordy Lord
Hey, hey, hey, Bobby McGee.

 Janis: (“this is where somebody has to take over”…)  
George: “Well Janis,  nobody else could, so far, nobody else will!”
Get more song facts here
When Janis Joplin sang this song, everyone figured Bobby McGee was a man. But the song was originally written by Janis’ former boyfriend Kris Kristofferson. And when Kriss wrote the song, Bobby McGee was a girl In fact, Bobby McGee was an alias for Janis Joplin herself.

At the start of the song, Bobby McGee and her boyfriend are backpacking all over America. They hitch a ride with a truck driver. Bobby sings, to entertain the trucker, while her lover plays the harmonica (a harmonica is often called a “blues harp,” and “harpoon” is another nickname for the harmonica).

We’re led to believe that Bobby McGeee is a free spirit who hates the idea of being tied down. For that reason, Bobby eventually abandons the lover, in search of some elusive place where he or she will be happy. 

The lover misses Bobby, but doesn’t hold any grudges over being abandoned. The lover thinks Bobby was a rare and special person, and hopes Bobby finds whatever it is he/she is looking for.

The lover draws one lesson: “freedom’s just another word for nothing left to lose.” That means we’re only free if we have nothing. If we have friends, families, jobs, relationships, homes… then we’re not really free, because we have ties and responsibilities. The only way to be completely free is not to have possessions or commitments or relationships.

(Or to have lost them, in one way or another)


Janis Joplin – Little Girl Blue (This is Tom Jones, 1969)

Music by Richard Rodgers
Lyrics by Lorenz Hart (1935).

cdcovers/janis joplin/i got dem ol' kozmic blu...

Sit there, hmm, count your fingers.
What else, what else is there to do ?
Oh and I know how you feel,
I know you feel that you’re through.
Oh wah wah ah sit there, hmm, count,
Ah, count your little fingers,
My unhappy oh little girl, little girl blue, yeah.

Oh sit there, oh count those raindrops
Oh, feel ’em falling down, oh honey all around you.
Honey don’t you know it’s time,
I feel it’s time,
Somebody told you ’cause you got to know
That all you ever gonna have to count on
Or gonna want to lean on
It’s gonna feel just like those raindrops do
When they’re falling down, honey, all around you.
Oh, I know you’re unhappy.

Oh sit there, ah go on, go on
And count your fingers.
I don’t know what else, what else
Honey have you got to do.
And I know how you feel,
And I know you ain’t got no reason to go on
And I know you feel that you must be through.
Oh honey, go on and sit right back down,
I want you to count, oh count your fingers,
Ah my unhappy, my unlucky
And my little, oh, girl blue.
I know you’re unhappy,
Ooh ah, honey I know,
Baby I know just how you feel.

Found on more albums:

The Essential Janis Joplin
The Collection [1995]
The Collection [Cube Version]
The Collection [Cube Version]
I Got Dem Ol’ Kozmic Blues Again Mama!
Janis Joplin [Madacy]
Pearl/I Got Dem Ol’ Kozmic Blues Again Mama!
The Essential Janis Joplin [Limited Edition 3.0]
Cheap Thrills/I Got Dem Ol’ Kozmic Blues Again Mama!
The Essential Janis Joplin [Japan Bonus Track]
Star Power
Love, Janis
Absolute Janis                                                     Read more Here 

Midway – a film by Chris Jordan

Midway (from Midway.com)

Midway (from Midway.com)  (clicK to view  film)

Santa Ana Bike Road: Mile 0 @ Pacific Coast Hwy Underpass (last Saturday Afternoon)

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A nice ride, on a wide, well maintained road. All underpasses are large, well lit and the grade in low (even the one in the picture, that looks so dark.) I checked out the first 12 miles and leave the rest for autumn, when the weather is milder. 

( Snapshots were taken with Videolan media player, from the video recorded on the Midland XTC Webcam (720p HD))

From Democracy Now: Julian Assange’s Public Address

AMY GOODMAN: We begin today’s shows with the words of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange. On Sunday, he made his first public appearance since he took refuge two months ago inside Ecuador’s embassy in London, just days after he was granted asylum. Assange is attempting to avoid extradition to Sweden for questioning over sex crime accusations, because he fears Sweden will extradite him to the United States to face charges over the leaking of secret U.S. military and diplomatic files. Julian Assange spoke from a windowsill on a small balcony on the second floor of the Ecuadorean embassy, careful not to step onto the balcony, which is considered outside the legal boundary of the embassy. Dozens of police officers looked on. British authorities have threatened to raid the embassy and are refusing to allow Julian Assange safe passage out of the country to Ecuador. In his nine-minute address, Julian Assange called on President Obama to abandon what he described as a, quote, “war on whistleblowers.”

JULIAN ASSANGE: I am here today because I cannot be there with you today. But thank you for coming. Thank you for your resolve, your generosity of spirit. On Wednesday night, after a threat was sent to this embassy and the police descended on this building, you came out in the middle of the night to watch over it, and you brought the world’s eyes with you. Inside this embassy, after dark, I could hear teams of police swarming up into the building through its internal fire escape. But I knew there would be witnesses. And that is because of you. If the U.K. did not throw away the Vienna conventions the other night, it is because the world was watching. And the world was watching because you were watching. So, the next time somebody tells you that it is pointless to defend those rights that we hold dear, remind them of your vigil in the dark before the embassy of Ecuador, remind them how, in the morning, the sun came up on a different world, and a courageous Latin America nation took a stand for justice.

And so, to those brave people. I thank President Correa for the courage he has shown in considering and in granting me political asylum. And I also thank the government and, in particular, Foreign Minister Ricardo Patiño, who upheld the Ecuadorean constitution and its notion of universal citizenship in their consideration of my asylum, and to the Ecuadorean people for supporting and defending this constitution. And I also have a debt of gratitude to the staff of this embassy, whose families live in London and who are showing me hospitality and kindness despite the threats we all received.

This Friday, there will be an emergency meeting of the foreign ministers of Latin America in Washington, D.C., to address this very situation. And so, I am grateful to those people and governments of Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, El Salvador, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Argentina, Peru, Venezuela, and to all other Latin American countries who have come out to defend the right to asylum; and to the people of the United States, the United Kingdom, Sweden and Australia who have supported me in strength, even when their governments have not; and to those wiser heads in government who are still fighting for justice—your day will come; to the staff, supporters and sources of WikiLeaks, whose courage and commitment and loyalty has seen no equal. To my family and to my children, who have been denied their father, forgive me, we will be reunited soon.

As WikiLeaks stands under threat, so does the freedom of expression and the health of all our societies. We must use this moment to articulate the choice that is before the government of the United States of America. Will it return to and reaffirm the values, the revolutionary values it was founded on, or will it lurch off the precipice, dragging us all into a dangerous and oppressive world in which journalists fall silent under the fear of prosecution and citizens must whisper in the dark?

I say it must turn back. I ask President Obama to do the right thing. The United States must renounce its witch hunt against WikiLeaks. The United States must dissolve its FBI investigation. The United States must vow that it will not seek to prosecute our staff or our supporters. The United States must pledge before the world that it will not pursue journalists for shining a light on the secret crimes of the powerful. There must be no more foolish talk about prosecuting any media organization, be it WikiLeaks or be it the New York Times.

The U.S. administration’s war on whistleblowers must end. Thomas Drake, William Binney and John Kiriakou and the other heroic whistleblowers must—they must—be pardoned or compensated for the hardships they have endured as servants of the public record. And to the Army private who remains in a military prison in Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, who was found by the United Nations to have endured months of torturous detention in Quantico, Virginia, and who has yet, after two years in prison, to see a trial: he must be released. Bradley Manning must be released. If Bradley Manning did as he is accused, he is a hero and an example to all of us and one of the world’s foremost political prisoners. Bradley Manning must be released. On Wednesday, Bradley Manning spent his 815th day of detention without trial. The legal maximum is 120 days.

On Thursday, my friend Nabeel Rajab, president of the Bahrain Human Rights Center, was sentenced to three years in prison for a tweet. On Friday, a Russian band was sentenced to two years in jail for a political performance. There is unity in the oppression. There must be absolute unity and determination in the response.

Thank you.

AMY GOODMAN: Julian Assange, speaking to hundreds of supporters and to the media from a windowsill on a small balcony on the second floor of the Ecuadorean embassy in London Sunday. He was careful not to step onto the actual balcony, which is considered outside the legal boundary of the embassy. He stood within the windowsill.

When we come back, we hear from Ecuadorean President Rafael Correa, former British ambassador Craig Murray and writer Tariq Ali. This is Democracy Now!, democracynow.org, The War and Peace Report. Back in a minute.   (From Democracy now)

5 places to witness one of nature’s greatest fall spectacles (from USA Today -Travel)

The annual migration of monarch butterflies to wintering grounds in central Mexico is one of nature's most amazing feats. And though the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has issued a "mixed" forecast for this autumn's monarch-watching prospects, the show – and attendant festivities – will go on at a number of National Wildlife Refuges.

5 places to witness one of nature’s greatest fall spectacles (from USA

Today Travel) (click to access story)


click to access MonarchWatch.org

News Release


“In real estate it’s location, location, location and for monarchs and other wildlife it’s habitat, habitat, habitat”, said Chip Taylor, Director of Monarch Watch. Monarch Watch (www.MonarchWatch.org) started in 1992 as an outreach program dedicated to engaging the public in studies of monarchs and is now concentrating its efforts on monarch conservation. “We have a lot of habitat in this country but we are losing it at a rapid pace. Development is consuming 6,000 acres a day, a loss of 2.2 million acres per year. Further, the overuse of herbicides along roadsides and elsewhere is turning diverse areas that support monarchs, pollinators, and other wildlife into grass-filled landscapes that support few species. The adoption of genetically modified soybeans and corn have further reduced monarch habitat. If these trends continue, monarchs are certain to decline, threatening the very existence of their magnificent migration”, said Taylor.  → More



The Baikonur Cosmodrome

Built in the 1950s by the Soviet Union, the Baikonur Cosmodrome is an aerospace launch facility located in the desert steppes of Kazakhstan. The world’s first artificial satellite and first manned spacecraft were launched from there, and the base is still used by the Russian space program. Though the city that sprang up around the facility now shares the name Baikonur, it was originally Tyuratam. Baikonur was a mining town about 200 miles (320 km) away. Why was the base named for a distant town? More… Discuss


Phrases Worth Quoting: Washington Irving – on Personal Growth by the means of Doing

One of the greatest and simplest tools for learning more and growing is doing more.

Washington Irving (1783-1859) Discuss

Today’s Birthday: WILLIAM ROBERTSON DAVIES (1913) – a Canadian Writer


William Robertson Davies (1913)

Davies was one of Canada’s most distinguished writers. Educated at Oxford, he produced more than 30 works of fiction throughout his long literary career, as well as plays, essays, and criticism. Among the themes explored in his densely plotted novels are life’s moral dimensions and the isolation of the spirit. He is best known for his three novel trilogies dealing with life and culture in fictional Ontario villages. What innovative technology, considered indispensible today, did he proudly shun? More… Discuss




First Issue of Scientific American Magazine Is Published (1845)

In 1845, Rufus Porter—an eccentric inventor, painter, and editor—published the first issue of Scientific American, a weekly newspaper about new inventions. By 1853, its circulation had reached 30,000 and it was reporting on various sciences, such as astronomy and medicine. In 1921, it became a monthly. Its solidly-researched, well-written articles, accompanied by illustrations and explanations, have made it a highly regarded publication. How much did the first subscriptions cost? More… Discuss