Song of the Day: Kozmic Blues by Janis Joplin

Kozmic Blues is a song from Janis Joplin’s I Got Dem Ol’ Kozmic Blues Again Mama! album, her first after departing the Big Brother and the Holding Company. It was a part of Joplin’s set at Woodstock Festival in 1969. Although the concert as a whole is not regarded as Joplin at her best, that specific performance became very popular and was released on The Essential Janis Joplin.

Lyrics:

Time keeps moving on,
Friends they turn away, Lordy Lord.
Well, I keep moving on
But I never found out why
I keep pushing so hard a dream,
I keep trying to make it right
Through another lonely day.

Whoa don’t discover it lasts
Honey, time keeps a-moving on, hey yeah, yeah yeah.
Well, I’m twenty-five years older now
So I know it can’t be right
And I’m no better baby and I can’t help you no more
Than I did when I was just a girl. Yeah!

But it don’t make no difference baby, no, no,
Cause I know that I could always try.
There’s a fire inside of everyone of us, huh-uh,
I’m gonna need it now,
I’m gonna hold it yeah,
I’m gonna use it till the day I die.

Don’t, honey, don’t you expect any answers, dear,
Ah, I know they don’t come with ease, no, no, no, no.
Hey, I ain’t never gonna love you any better baby
Cause I’m never gonna love you right
So you better take it now, I said right yes now, yeah.

But it don’t make no difference baby, no, no,
Cause I know that I could always try.
There’s a fire inside of everyone of us, huh-uh,
I’m gonna need it now,
I’m gonna use it yeah,
I’m gonna hold it till the day I die.

Don’t make no difference babe, no, no, no,
Honey, I hate to be the one.
I said you’re gonna live your life
And you’re gonna love, love, love your life.
I’m gonna need it now,
I’m gonna hold it yeah,
I’m gonna use it, say, whoa

Don’t make no difference, baby, no, no, no,
Honey, I hate, I hate to be the one.
I said every time you’re gonna want to love somebody,
Every time you’re gonna want to need somebody,
You’re gonna want to turn around, I’m gonna be there.
No no no no no, no no no no no, no no no no.

When you’re gonna put out your hand,
All your want is some kind of lovin’ man,
He ain’t gonna be there, I said, not here.
No no no no, no no no no, no no no no,
No no no, no no no, no no no no,
No no no no, whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa
Whoa, wah wah, whoa,
Whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa
Honey when I want to reach out my hand
I said darling all I ever wanted
Was for you to understand me now, whoa
Ah baby, I want to sing about me Lord, honey, every day yeah!

This song is about hope and trying to see the good in situations, but always seeming to come up short – something that is a common Blues theme. This is one of the songs that showcased Joplin’s powerful vocals. (thanks, Bertrand – Paris, France)

Janis Joplin

Birth name Janis Lyn Joplin
Also known as Pearl
Born January 19, 1943
Port Arthur, Texas, U.S.
Died October 4, 1970 (aged 27)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Genres Blues rock, soul, psychedelic rock, acid rock, country, folk,hard rock, jazz blues
Occupations Singer-songwriter
Instruments Vocals guitar, auto-harp,harmonica, piano, percussion,
Years active 1962–1970
Labels Columbia
Associated acts Big Brother and the Holding Company, Kozmic Blues Band,Full Tilt Boogie Band, Grateful Dead

image by Conrad Roset

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