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'Move Over' - lemonbalmbee

About 'Move Over'

Previous Entry 'Move Over' May. 24th, 2005 @ 06:04 pm Next Entry
You say that it's over baby, Lord,
You say that it's over now,
But still you hang around me, come on,
Won't you move over.

You know that I need a man, honey Lord,
You know that I need a man,
But when I ask you to you just tell me
That maybe you can.

Please dontcha do it to me babe, no!
Please dontcha do it to me baby,
Either take this love I offer
Or honey let me be.

I ain't quite a ready for walking, no no no no,
I ain't quite a ready for walking,
And whatcha gonna do with your life,
Life all just dangling ?

Oh yeah, make up your mind, honey,
You're playing with me, hey hey hey,
Make up your mind, darling,
You're playing with me, come on now!
Now either be my loving man,
I said-a let me honey, let me be, yeah!

You say that it's over, baby, no,
You say that it's over now,
But still you hang around me, come on
Won't you move over.

You know that I need a man, honey, I told you so.
You know that I need a man,
But when I ask you to you just tell me
That maybe you can.

Hey! Please dontcha do it to me, babe, no!
Please dontcha do it to me baby,
Either take this love I offer,
Honey let me be.

I said won't you, won't you let me be ?
Honey, you're teasing me.
Yeah, you're playing with my heart, dear,
I believe you're toying with my affections, honey.

I can't take it no more baby,
And furthermore, I don't intend to.
I'm just tired of hanging from the end of a string, honey,
You expect me to fight like a goddamned mule.
Wah, wah, wah, wah, honey...

- Janis Joplin


I just recently picked up the cd 'Pearl'. I heard 'Me & Bobby McGee' a long time ago and liked it, but had a hard time really enjoying it. I've always been a little bit weirded out by the 60's and 70's. Everything seemed so crazy and kinda...grimy, I think. I don't really know why I feel that way. Looking at pics of Janis Joplin, you get this very complex impression of her. When I was younger she seemed very tom-boyish, messy, comfortable in her own skin, loud, and course. And pre-teen girls who want to look like the cover girl on Seventeen mag. don't want to have anything to do with that stuff, usually. And this was me, for quite a while. While I found a few of her songs interesting, I couldn't relate to her when I was younger. Now, while I still don't get drunk or stoned or whatever, and have remained a fairly modest and reserved person, I am very moved and impressed by her. It's fitting that the album I picked up is named 'Pearl'. There is something beautiful in her oyster, but it takes looking to find it. In my case, it took time. I'm told that I am a lovely girl, but I know I didn't become a supermodel, and most women don't. It's not easy to come to terms with the idea that you might look pretty... average, but if you can accept it, you can see what is so amazing about Janis. She was actually, in my opinion, very glamorous and lovely, but it feels like she was more concerned with her experiences in the world, people around her, and and her emotions, than what she might be able to make herself look like. To me, that is one of the pearls of maturity from girlhood to womanhood. That's not to say that there aren't even greater things to discover in life, but I think that this is an important one, none the less.

To me, 'Move Over' is a song about wanting fulfillment and safety in commitment, even if the commitment is just to be a vulnerable, supportive, and dedicated person in a short-term relationship. The wonderful thing is that "Janis" is not afraid to say what she desires and needs, or to be willing let go of what is unfulfilling, even painful, which isn't always easy to do with someone. So, it's a bit inspiring, but it is also very strengthening. It's easy for people to fall back into "safe places" and not be able to make necessary changes happen. And for me, this is a song to help make the changes and confrontations easier to swallow.
Janis' vocals are raw in this, as usual, but her enthusiastic screams are tempered here, and her voice goes really smooth and deep sometimes, adding great richness to the song.

It's a really amazing track.
So, put that in your pipe and such.
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