Work Me, Lord

Album: I Got Dem Ol' Kozmic Blues Again, Mama! (1969)
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  • Nick Gravenites, a guitar player and songwriter who often collaborated with Joplin and Mike Bloomfield, wrote this track. It's a blues number where Joplin sings to God, letting Him know that she's lonely down here on Earth and asking for a love to take away the pain.
  • It was with her friends, while in high school, that Janis Joplin first began singing blues. She eventually cultivated her own unique whiskey-blues sound, which cut her out and set her safely from the herd. This 1969 recording was from her first solo studio album after she left Big Brother and the Holding Company.
  • Janis performed this song at the Woodstock Music Festival of 1969. The studio version on Kozmic Blues did not quite crystallize for listeners of the album, but the live version was sung with stronger vocals. Many avid fans believe the Woodstock version was one of her greatest live performances during her career. >>
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  • AnonymousShe sang from the bottom of her feet to the top of her head with all she had . Like Joe Cocker and Van Morrison and Jim Croce. Not many like them around!
  • Dee from New York, OrTALK about Passion!!! Janis sweated and sang her heart out!!
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