Piece Of My Heart

Album: Cheap Thrills (1968)
Charted: 12
  • Oh, come on, come on, come on, come on

    Didn't I make you feel like you were the only man yeah
    And didn't I give you nearly everything that a woman possibly can?
    Honey, you know I did!
    And each time I tell myself that I, well I think I've had enough
    But I'm gonna show you, baby, that a woman can be tough

    I want you to come on, come on, come on, come on and take it
    Take another little piece of my heart now, baby!
    Break another little bit of my heart now, darling, yeah, yeah, yeah
    Have another little piece of my heart now, baby
    You know you got it if it makes you feel good
    Oh, yes indeed.

    You're out on the streets looking good
    And baby deep down in your heart I guess you know that it ain't right
    Never, never, never, never, never, never hear me when I cry at nigh
    Babe, I cry all the time!
    And each time I tell myself that I, well I can't stand the pain
    But when you hold me in your arms, I'll sing it once again

    I said come on, come on, come on, come on and take it!
    Take another little piece of my heart now, baby
    Break another little bit of my heart now, darling, yeah,
    Have another little piece of my heart now, baby,
    You know you got it, child, if it makes you feel good

    I need you to come on, come on, come on, come on and take it
    Take another little piece of my heart now, baby!
    Break another little bit of my heart, now darling, yeah, c'mon now
    Have another little piece of my heart now, baby
    You know you got it whoa!

    Take it!
    Take another little piece of my heart now, baby,
    Break another little bit of my heart, now darling, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah
    Have another little piece of my heart now, baby, hey
    You know you got it, child, if it makes you feel good Writer/s: Jerry Ragovoy, Bert Berns, JERRY RAGAVOY
    Publisher: Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC
    Lyrics licensed and provided by LyricFind

Comments: 29

  • Sam from Sherman OaksIt's important to remember that Bert Berns originally meant the lyrics in a very literal way. He was dying of a rheumatic heart failure at the time when he wrote the song so he literally meant "break another little piece of my heart" because his heart was giving out on him. He just took the poetic license of having the song being sung from a woman's perspective and have the singer Put her own twist into the figurative romantic meaning of the song.
  • Dave from Santa Fe, NmAlso recorded by John Hartford on his "Gumtree Canoe" album. Bluegrass style. You won't believe your ears.
  • John from Chico, CaliforniaLet us not forget Norway's finest singer ever [sic], Liv Marit Wedvik, who died in a tragic drowning accident in May 2015, after she recorded and released her rendition on Showtime Records [SR 026 2004], in 2004. I challenge another singer to come close to the perfection that was in this beloved artist. http://www.aftenposten.no/norge/Liv-Marit-Wedvik-er-dod-38646b.html
  • Et from OrrstralyiaCuts me to pieces, every time.
  • Gloria B from Gansevoort, Ny. UsaDon't forget that Bonnie Bramlett (Delaney & Bonnie) also covered this song. Her recording is GREAT.
  • Barry from Sauquoit, NyOn October 29th 1967, "Piece of My Heart' by Erma Franklin entered Billboard's Hot Top 100 chart at position #100; and on December 10th, 1967 it peaked at #62 {for 1 week} and spent 8 weeks on the Top 100...
    And on December 24th, 1967 it reached #10 {for 1 week} on Billboard's R&B Singles chart...
    R.I.P. Ms. Franklin {1938 - 2002}.
  • Barry from Sauquoit, NyOn August 25th 1968, two records by Big Brother & the Holding Company entered Billboard's Hot Top 100 chart; "Down On Me" at #76 and "Piece of My Heart" at #80...
    "Piece of My Heart" peaked at #12 {for 1 week} on November 3rd, 1968 and spent 12 weeks on the Top 100; while "Done On Me" reached #43 {for 1 week} on October 6th, 1968 and stayed on the chart for 8 weeks...
    The quintet had one other Top 100 record, "Coo Coo", it peaked at #84 in 1968.
  • Sam Williams from Sherman Oaks, CaAt the time Bert Berns was writing this song, he was dying from heart disease, so when he wrote "break another little piece of my heart" he meant it both figuratively and literally (it basically symbolized his heart slowly dying, since he wanted Jerry to break off a piece of it).
  • Linc from Beaumont, TxJanis Joplin is from Port Arthur,TX. She went to Thomas Jefferson High School and briefly Lamar University. Her family lived across the street from my grandparents.(Her brother accidently broke my dad's finger playing football as kids.) My grandma told us that when Janis would come home, her dad would make her wear her hair up and dress conservatively. He didn't approve of her hippie friends and once turned the hose on them when they camped out on his lawn. My grandma said Janis was very shy as a girl.
  • Donna from College Station, TxTheir Album "Cheap Thrills" was No 4 Oct 1968, source Billboard 20 years ago list Oct 8, 1988
  • Tom from Dozier, AlDefinitely Janis' signature single, Melissa Etheridge's cover would have made Joplin proud.
  • Louis Rodriguez from Lancaster, Cathe first time i heard this song i knew then that only one singer could do this song justice and that's janis joplin and her alone
  • Larry from Atlanta, GaThis song has been running through my head for the past few weeks. I've been mulling over one of my fantasy screenplays, and the song played an important part in it.

    This particular movie would be about my friendships as a teen in Atlanta in the 1960s, and I've imagined Piece o' My Heart as the perfect song to end the movie, as the main character walks the streets as an aging baby boomer remembering the late 60's.

    It's an incredibly powerful song.
  • Mark from Montreal, CanadaDont know all songs from Janis Joplin, but Piece Of My Heart is a damn good song. Discovered recently i love this song!!!
  • Cliff from Fort Wayne, InI give the nod to Janice's version, however I love Sammy Hagar's version, off Standing Hampton, the best.
  • Shannon from SydneyJanis Joplin, the female Jim Morrison.
    thats all i have to say
  • Kevin from Cincinnati, OhI don't understand why anyone would want to cover any song that Janis did,the lady was a great singer,she did put a piece of her heart in her music,and you can't top the original.
  • April from Shelby, OhThere have been a lot or remakes of this song but no one can make you feel the song like Janis...she was one chic who sang with all her heart and soul...the best female rocker!!!
  • Geir T. from UmeÃ¥, SwedenThe Scottish band Marmalade have also covered this song, as far as I remember.
  • Rick from San Juan, United StatesCarrie Underwood sang a piece of "Piece Of My Heart" during Season 4 of American Idol, 2005.
  • Ali from Islamabad, Pakistanthis song could make the hardest person cry. its so very beautiful.
  • Ross from Independence, MoThis is #344 on Rolling Stone's list of 500 greatest songs.
  • Aj from Cleveland, GaFaith Hill took this song to Hell. Janis did the better version, no contest.
  • Cody from San Antonio, TxJanis Joplin produces one of the most amazing sounds in this song the world has ever heard.
  • April from Toledo, OhFaith Hill also did a remake of this song in 1993.
  • Irene from Beatrice, NeLeann Rhimes also did a remake of this song.
  • Deana from Indianapolis, InGod help us all, Faith Hill also covered this.
  • Janet from Perth, AustraliaDusty Springfield also recorded this song.
  • Brian from Denver, CoErma Franklin was the oldest sister in the Franklin clan
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