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Janis Joplin

  • Down on me, down on me, / Looks like everybody in this whole round world / Is down on me.

    • Janis Joplin,
    • "Down on Me," Big Brother & the Holding Company ()
  • [When ex-President Eisenhower's death prevented her photograph from appearing on the cover of Newsweek:] Fourteen heart attacks and he had to die in my week. In my week.

    • Janis Joplin,
    • in New Musical Express ()
  • Freedom is just another word for nothing left to lose.

    • Janis Joplin,
    • "Me and Bobby McGee," Pearl ()
  • I say, get it while you can, yeh, get it while you can.

    • Janis Joplin,
    • "Get It While You Can," Pearl ()
  • I love being a star more than life itself.

    • Janis Joplin,
    • in Newsweek ()
  • You better not compromise yourself, it's all you've got.

    • Janis Joplin,
    • in Michael Lydon, "The Janis Joplin Philosophy: Every Moment She Is What She Feels," The New York Times Biographical Edition ()
  • Audiences like their blues singers to be miserable.

    • Janis Joplin,
    • in Ms. ()
  • Onstage, I make love to twenty-five thousand people, then I go home alone.

    • Janis Joplin,
    • in Feminist Art Journal ()
  • People seem to have a high sense of drama about me. Maybe they can enjoy my music more if they think I'm destroying myself.

    • Janis Joplin,
    • in Time ()
  • It's not easy living up to Janis Joplin, you know.

    • Janis Joplin,
    • in Gillian G. Gaar, She's a Rebel ()
  • It's gonna be a long hard drag, but we'll make it.

    • Janis Joplin
  • I never hold back, man. I'm always on the outer limits of probability.

    • Janis Joplin,
    • in Michael Lydon, "The Janis Joplin Philosophy: Every Moment She Is What She Feels," The New York Times Biographical Edition ()
  • Time keeps movin' on / Friends, they turn away / I keep movin' on, but I never found out why / I keep pushin' so hard an' babe. I keep try'n / To make it right to another lonely day.

    • Janis Joplin,
    • "Kozmic Blues," I Got Dem Ol' Kozmic Blues Again Mama! ()
  • All caught up in a landslide, bad luck pressing in from all sides / Got bucked off of my easy ride, buried alive in the blues.

    • Janis Joplin,
    • in Nick Gravenites, "Work Me Lord," I Got Dem Ol' Kozmic Blues Again Mama! ()
  • I guess it's lucky people like me as I am. If they didn't, I wouldn't know how to change.

    • Janis Joplin,
    • in Michael Lydon, "The Janis Joplin Philosophy: Every Moment She Is What She Feels," The New York Times Biographical Edition ()
  • Let yourself go and you'll be more than you've ever thought of being.

    • Janis Joplin,
    • in Newsweek ()
  • Being an intellectual creates a lot of questions and no answers. You can fill your life up with ideas and still go home lonely. All you really have that really matters are feelings. That's what music is to me.

    • Janis Joplin,
    • in Newsweek ()
  • When I'm singing I'm not thinking. I'm just closing my eyes and feeling, feeling good.

    • Janis Joplin,
    • in Newsweek ()
  • I was just a young chick. I just wanted to get it on. I wanted to smoke dope, take dope, lick dope, suck dope, fuck dope, anything I could lay my hands on I wanted to do it, man.

    • Janis Joplin
  • I'm on an audience trip. When I go onstage to sing, it's like the 'rush' that people experience when they take heavy dope. I talk to the audience, look into their eyes. I need them and they need me. Sex is the closest I can come to explaining it, but it's more than sex. I get stoned from happiness. I want to do it until it isn't there any more.

    • Janis Joplin,
    • in Time ()
  • [On being urged to hold back to preserve her voice:] Why should I hold back now and sound mediocre just so I can sound mediocre 20 years from now?

    • Janis Joplin,
    • in Time ()
  • Maybe I won't last as long as other singers, but I think you can destroy your now by worrying about tomorrow.

    • Janis Joplin,
    • to Nat Hentoff, New York Times ()
  • Have you ever been loved? I haven't. I only feel it on stage.

    • Janis Joplin,
    • in Newsweek ()
  • I'd rather not sing than sing quiet.

    • Janis Joplin,
    • in Newsweek ()
  • Look at me, man. I'm selling my heart.

    • Janis Joplin,
    • in Newsweek ()
  • Singing is better than any dope.

    • Janis Joplin,
    • in Newsweek ()
  • Whatever you need get it now.

    • Janis Joplin,
    • in Newsweek ()

Janis Joplin, U.S. singer, songwriter

(1843 - 1970)

Full name: Janis Lyn Joplin.