Janis Joplin Mercedes Benz

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Janis Joplin Mercedes Benz

Janis Joplin Mercedes Benz Song

Soul Rock

McClure and singer-songwriter Bob Neuwirth. “Mercedes Benz” makes fun of materialistic consumer culture, as the singer asks God for a Mercedes-Benz, a color TV, and a night on the town. She also refers to the TV show Dialing for Dollars, where you have to be next to your phone to receive your prize — should they call you. (Ironically, Janis herself drove a Porsche.)

Janis Joplin's Prosche

Shortly after the song was written, Joplin performed it at the Capitol Theater in Port Chester, New York. She then went to Los Angeles and recorded “Mercedes Benz” for her album Pearl. Those were the last tracks she recorded, as she died three days later of a heroin overdose. She was 27 years old. The song was issued as a single in 1971 with the hit “Cry Baby” on the B-Side. Pearl has gone 4x platinum. The song has been covered by more than 30 artists, and Mercedes-Benz has used it in car ads.

Here are the lyrics to “Mercedes Benz” by Janis Joplin:

Oh Lord, won’t you buy me a Mercedes Benz?
My friends all drive Porsches, I must make amends.
Worked hard all my lifetime, no help from my friends,
So Lord, won’t you buy me a Mercedes Benz?

Oh Lord, won’t you buy me a color TV?
Dialing For Dollars is trying to find me.
I wait for delivery each day until three,
So oh Lord, won’t you buy me a color TV?

Oh Lord, won’t you buy me a night on the town?
I’m counting on you, Lord, please don’t let me down.
Prove that you love me and buy the next round,
Oh Lord, won’t you buy me a night on the town?

Everybody!
Oh Lord, won’t you buy me a Mercedes Benz?
My friends all drive Porsches, I must make amends,
Worked hard all my lifetime, no help from my friends,
So oh Lord, won’t you buy me a Mercedes Benz?

That’s it!

If you would like to read about and listen to other songs by Janis Joplin, please click here for “A Piece of My Heart” and “Me and Bobby McGee.”

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  1. […] If you are interested in reading about and listening to another song by Janis Joplin: “Mercedes Benz.” […]

  2. […] For other songs by Janis Joplin: “Piece of My Heart” and “Mercedes Benz.” […]

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