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Help: Songs by Janis Joplin

11 Apr 01 - 01:37 PM (#438234)
Subject: Lyric analysis
From: GUEST,rf48@cornell.edu

I was wondering if anyone knew anything about the songs of Janis Joplin. i.e. What do her songs mean? Why did she write them. If you have any information, please contact me at rf48@cornell.edu. Thanks for your help. -Rachel


11 Apr 01 - 02:09 PM (#438273)
Subject: RE: Help: Lyric analysis
From: Amergin

Well in one of them I think she really wanted a mercedes benz......


11 Apr 01 - 02:11 PM (#438277)
Subject: RE: Help: Lyric analysis
From: mousethief

How many of "her" songs did she actually write?

Alex


11 Apr 01 - 02:16 PM (#438286)
Subject: RE: Help: Lyric analysis
From: RWilhelm

She co-wrote a few of her recorded songs, including "Mercedes Benz" but I don't think she wrote any by herself. They were always in the blues tradition and I always took them at face value.


11 Apr 01 - 02:20 PM (#438290)
Subject: RE: Help: Lyric analysis
From: MMario

Rachel - if I remember correctly from my student days;there were several books on Janis in the Cornell libraries. You might want to check there.


11 Apr 01 - 02:21 PM (#438292)
Subject: RE: Help: Lyric analysis
From: Hollowfox

What subject is the paper for, how long does it have to be, and when is it due? Have you checked the library?


11 Apr 01 - 02:38 PM (#438310)
Subject: RE: Help: Lyric analysis
From: Hollowfox

Aw durn, Mmario, we cross-posted and you won the sprint.*g*


11 Apr 01 - 02:51 PM (#438322)
Subject: RE: Help: Lyric analysis
From: Lyrical Lady

A&E did a great biograpy on Janis not too long ago ... maybe you could look up their site and check it out . There was a lot of focus on her songs as I recall. LL


11 Apr 01 - 03:21 PM (#438345)
Subject: RE: Help: Lyric analysis
From: GUEST,UB Dan

What do her songs mean? -She was secretly trying to communicate a cookie recipe and a subliminal message for people to cook them and mail them too her

Why did she write them. -She loved cookies


11 Apr 01 - 04:03 PM (#438395)
Subject: RE: Help: Lyric analysis
From: chip a

Not True! It wasn't the cookies at all. It was all part of a commie plot to overthrow our government and universities through the use of drug crazed hippies. I know this for a fact because I was a pawn in their game. By the way, during my tenure as a commie pawn, I had the good fortune to lie on the floor of the Straight Theater in the Haight while Janis poured it out from the stage. Cookies indeed! Brownies maybe! Peace


11 Apr 01 - 04:32 PM (#438425)
Subject: RE: Help: Lyric analysis
From: Sorcha

Alice B. brownies, more like.


11 Apr 01 - 04:48 PM (#438436)
Subject: RE: Help: Lyric analysis
From: GUEST,#1

She probably meant them to be sung, not analyzed.


12 Apr 01 - 03:49 PM (#439235)
Subject: RE: Help: Lyric analysis
From: Kim C

Why does anyone write songs? 1) To make money. 2) To tell a story. 3) To express an emotion. 4) To make money.

Personally, only #2-3 apply to me. I think those two apply to most people who write songs. Janis was a rather sad and tortured woman so probably a lot of her feelings came out in her songs.

But what a song means... well, that's entirely up to the listener a lot of times. What do YOU think it means? It may not mean the same to you as it does to me.

I saw a documentary on John Lennon one time, and this vagrant had camped out on the lawn of his home. He told Lennon, "man, I know you wrote that song for me. I know you did."

And Lennon said, "man, I don't even know you. It's just a song. Are you hungry? Let's get something to eat." And he invited the man in.

I rarely write any "made-up" songs. Just about anything I write comes out of some true feeling about something. But maybe I'm the only one who knows what it's really about.

Cheers-- Kim