[[Image:Me and Bobby McGee - Roger Miller.jpg|thumb|200px|right|Original album cover from Roger Miller]]"'''Me and Bobby McGee'''" is a song written by [[Kris Kristofferson]] and [[Fred Foster]], originally performed by [[Roger Miller]], but best remembered for [[Janis Joplin]]'s cover of the song, recorded a few days before her death in [[October]] [].
Some sources state that [[Gordon Lightfoot]] issued the first recorded version; another story tells how Kristofferson popped his head into the studio with freshly written verses as [[Roger Miller]] was recording the song. Regardless, Miller was the first artist to have a hit with the song, peaking with it at #12 on the US country charts in 1969. Lightfoot's version was a top 40 hit in his native Canada in 1970.
By far the best known recording is by [[Janis Joplin]] on her [] ''[[Pearl (album)|Pearl]]'' album. Joplin's version topped the charts to become only the second posthumous number one single in [[rock & roll]] history (the first was "[[(Sittin' on) the Dock of the Bay]]" by [[Otis Redding]]). (It was also the only number one single Joplin had during her career.) In 2004, the Janis Joplin version of this song was ranked #148 on [[Rolling Stone]]'s list of [[the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time]].
Kristofferson performed the song live at the [[Isle of Wight Festival 1970]] and a CD and DVD of the event were issued 30 years later as ''Message to Love: The Isle of Wight Festival 1970''.
In the original version of the song, Bobby is a woman; Janis Joplin, who was a lover and a friend of Kristofferson's from the beginning of her career to her death, changed the gender and a few of the lyrics in her cover. It was the last song she recorded before her untimely death. Kristofferson states he did not write this song for her, but the song is associated with her. Especially, he has said, in the line, "Somewhere near [[Salinas, California|Salinas]], Lord, I let her slip away."