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Turtle Blues

Janis Joplin

Ahhh, I'm a mean - mean woman
I don't mean no one man no good. No.
I'm a mean - mean woman
I don't mean no one man, no good.
I just treats 'em like I wants to
I never treats 'em, honey like I should.

Oh, Lord, I once had a daddy
He said he'd give me every-thing in sight.
Once had a daddy
Said he'd give me every-thing in sight.
Yes he did
So I said, "Hon I want the sunshine
you take the stars out of the night."
Come on and give 'em to me baby, 'cause I want 'em right now.

I ain't the kind of woman
Who'd make your life a bed of ease
No - no - no - no - no - no - no - no - no.
I'm not the kind of woman, No,
Who'd make your life a bed of ease.
Yeah, but if you - if you just wanna go out drinkin', honey
Won't you invite me along, Please.
Oh, I'll be so good to ya Bear, Yeah!
Whoaaa, Go on!

I guess I'm just like a turtle
That's hidin' underneath its horny shell.
Whoa. Whoa - whoa oh yeah, like a turtle
Hidin' underneath its horny shell.
But you know I'm very well protected
I know this god-damn life too well.

Oh! Now call me mean, You can call me evil, Yeah - yeah
I've been called much worser things around
Hon, don't ya know I have!
Whoa. Call me mean, or call me evil
I've been called much worser trhings, all things around
Yeah but, I'm gonna take good care of Janis, Yeah,
Hon, ain't no one gonna dog me down.
Alright. Yeahhh. ¥Ç¥

As recorded at Columbia Studio D (Hollywood) on 12 April 1968 and first released on the vinyl album "Cheap Thrills" (track 1 side 2) Columbia 9700.

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