Song Lyric Sunday —Piece of My Heart

Helen Vahdati’s theme for today’s Song Lyric Sunday is “take/taking.” The song that popped into my head as soon as I saw that theme was “Piece of my Heart” from Big Brother and the Holding Company featuring Janis Joplin singing lead vocals.

“Piece of My Heart” was written by by Jerry Ragovoy and Bert Berns, and was originally recorded by Erma Franklin, Aretha Franklin’s younger sister, in 1967. It became a much bigger hit when Big Brother and the Holding Company covered it in 1968 on the band’s album, Cheap Thrills. The single made it to number 12 on the US pop charts and is Janis Joplin’s signature song, along side (arguably) “Me and Bobby McGee,” written by Kris Kristofferson, which was released in 1971 after Joplin’s death in 1970.

The song is essentially about a lovelorn woman so enraptured by her man that she’s willing to break off yet another piece of her heart if only he will take it. Joplin showed off her extraordinary vocal dexterity on the song, which was right in her wheelhouse in terms of dynamics and subject matter.

Here are the song’s lyrics.

Oh, come on, come on, come on, come on!

Didn’t I make you feel like you were the only man – yeah!
An’ 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 it!
Take another little piece of my heart now, baby!
Oh, oh, break it!
Break another little bit of my heart now, darling, yeah, yeah, yeah.
Oh, oh, have a!
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 night,
Babe, and I cry all the time!
But 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’ll say come on, come on, come on, come on and take it!
Take it!
Take another little piece of my heart now, baby.
Oh, oh, break it!
Break another little bit of my heart now, darling, yeah,
Oh, oh, have a!
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 it!
Take another little piece of my heart now, baby!
Oh, oh, break it!
Break another little bit of my heart, now darling, yeah, c’mon now.
Oh, oh, have a
Have another little piece of my heart now, baby.
You know you got it – whoahhhhh!!

Take it!
Take it! Take another little piece of my heart now, baby,
Oh, oh, break it!
Break another little bit of my heart, now darling, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah,
Oh, oh, have a
Have another little piece of my heart now, baby, hey,
You know you got it, child, if it makes you feel good.

17 thoughts on “Song Lyric Sunday —Piece of My Heart

  1. msjadeli November 4, 2018 / 8:11 am

    I was blogging about Janis last week. Great song, sung with great feeling.

    Liked by 1 person

    • Fandango November 4, 2018 / 10:24 am

      She was quite a talent who tragically lost her life way too soon.

      Liked by 1 person

      • msjadeli November 4, 2018 / 10:28 am

        yes, she was and she did. we lost some really good ones from those times 😦

        Liked by 1 person

  2. J-Dub November 4, 2018 / 8:49 am

    I like this version the best! I ❤ Janis!!!

    Like

  3. A.C. Melody November 4, 2018 / 3:39 pm

    I knew at least one person (if not several) would pick this one today. How can it not be the first song to come to mind? 😀 Great song!

    Liked by 1 person

  4. magnoliajem November 4, 2018 / 3:42 pm

    The other version posted today was interesting, but NObody sings this like Janis does! ❤

    Liked by 1 person

  5. Sight11 November 4, 2018 / 4:34 pm

    This always comes on my YouTube recommendations list.. Guess time to hit play….

    Liked by 1 person

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