Oh Lord, won’t you buy me . . .

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Some of you may be familiar with Janis Joplin’s ditty “Mercedes Benz” sung a capella.
It’s a wry sarcastic look about American consumerism and excess materialism.

Mercedes Benz
Oh Lord, won’t you buy me a Mercedes Benz ?
My friends all drive Porsches, I must make amends.
Worked hard all my lifetime, no help from my friends,
So Lord, won’t you buy me a Mercedes Benz ?

Oh Lord, won’t you buy me a color TV ?
Dialing For Dollars is trying to find me.
I wait for delivery each day until three,
So oh Lord, won’t you buy me a color TV ?

Oh Lord, won’t you buy me a night on the town ?
I’m counting on you, Lord, please don’t let me down.
Prove that you love me and buy the next round,
Oh Lord, won’t you buy me a night on the town ?

Everybody!
Oh Lord, won’t you buy me a Mercedes Benz ?
My friends all drive Porsches, I must make amends,
Worked hard all my lifetime, no help from my friends,
So oh Lord, won’t you buy me a Mercedes Benz ?

For the record, Janis never did get her Benz.
But ironically, she did own a psychedelic Porsche Cabriolet!!

Janis-Joplin-Palace-Of-Fine-Arts

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