Janis Joplin – Get it while you can (WATCH)

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“Get it While You Can”, is the last track on Joplin’s second studio album, Pearl. From the very first note, I immediately get chills, I’m immediately captivated by a contagiously passionate woman.

This song is about not letting the opportunity for love and comfort pass you by, because life’s just too short. Isn’t that just about the foundation of Joplin’s philosophy? “My whole purpose is to communicate. What I sing is my own reality. But just the fact that people come up to me and say, ‘Hey, that’s my reality too,’ proves to me that it’s not just mine.”

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“Get It While You Can” was written by Jerry Ragovoy and Mort Shuman, and recorded by Janis Joplin and the Full Tilt Boogie Band.

It was the last album Joplin recorded with the Full Tilt Boogie Band, her final touring mates. It reached #1 on the Billboard 200. It has since been certified quadruple platinum, (WOW) and rightfully so!

Full Tilt Boogie’s John Till speaks of his time with Joplin’s infectious energy: “She’d come boogeying up to me and our faces would come right together like that, and then she’d give me a great big kiss. And I wouldn’t remember nothing except big asterisks and f***ing exclamation points over my head… It was an experience, taking a guitar solo in front of forty thousand people and getting this kiss from Janis.”

 

<<LYRICS>>

In this world, if you read the papers, Lord,
You know everybody’s fighting on with each other.
You got no one you can count on, baby,
Not even your own brother.
So if someone comes along,
He’s gonna give you some love and affection
I’d say get it while you can, yeah!
Honey, get it while you can,
Hey, hey, get it while you can,
Don’t you turn your back on love, no, no!

Don’t you know when you’re loving anybody, baby,
You’re taking a gamble on a little sorrow,
But then who cares, baby,
‘Cause we may not be here tomorrow, no.
And if anybody should come along,
He gonna give you any love and affection,
I’d say get it while you can, yeah!
Hey, hey, get it while you can,
Hey, hey, get it while you can.
Don’t you turn your back on love,
No no no, no no no no no.

Oh, get it while you can,
Honey get it when you’re gonna wanna need it dear, yeah yeah,
Hey hey, get it while you can,
Don’t you turn your back on love,
No no no, no no no no, get it while you can,
I said hold on to somebody when you get a little lonely, dear,
Hey hey, hold on to that man’s heart,
Yeah, get it, want it, hold it, need it,
Get it, want it, need it, hold it,
Get it while you can, yeah,
Honey get it while you can, baby, yeah,
Hey hey, get it while you can!

 

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