I'm watching Janis Joplin on DVD tonight.
Man, but she could sing the blues, even higher than a kite.
Her eyes look weak and heavy, but her voice is loud and strong.
No secret she was hooked on H, but still could wail a song!
She only wanted peace, and that to her was in the bar.
Singing out her message, but instead became a star.
A free spirit with a genius mind she used to ease the pain.
A talent with a heart too big to carry - caused a strain.
She was wise beyond her years, yet they focused on her past.
A memory she longed to shed, to prove them wrong at last.
Shunned again by her home town, was very hard to take.
Still, she was determined to stay true and not be fake.
The line that most defined her, how ironic, did betray.
"If it feels good do it." Turned against her on that day.
No chemist checked the potency; Her dealer said beware.
Feeling good took cautions place, the needle her last prayer.
My personal tribute to Janis Joplin. To thine own self be true.