Rock Walk - Janis Joplin - "The Sun Came Out and It Felt Like a Ball and Chain"
In a decade of rock excess, Janis took it further than anyone -- too much alcohol, too much drugs, too much talent and fervor.
Shock breakthrough came singing "Ball and Chain" in the concert movie "Monterey Pop". The most unrestrained performance ever, screaming and stamping her foot like an alley cat in heat.
Only "top 40" hit was "Me and Bobby McGee" by Kris Kristofferson. Later song was too phophetic of her early death:
"Time keeps movin' on
Friends they turn away
I keep movin' on
But I never found out why
I keep pushing so hard the dream
I keep tryin' to make it right
Through another lonely day, Whoaa.
Dawn has come at last
Twenty-five years, honey just in one night, oh yeah.
Well, I'm twenty-five years older now
So I know we can't be right
And I'm no better baby
And I can't help you no more
Than I did when just a girl.
Aww, But it don't make no difference babe - no, no
And I know that I could always try.
It don't make no difference babe, Yeah
I better hold it now
I better need it, Yeah
I better use it till the day I die - whoa I
Don't expect any answers dear,
For I know that they don't come with age - no, no.
Well ain't never gonna love you any better babe.
And I'm never gonna love you right
So you'd better take it now - Right now."
"Kozmic Blues" - she lived it