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Janis Joplin - "Maybe"

"Maybe" is a song with words and music originally credited to End Records owner George Goldner and "Casey". The co-writing credit was later transferred to Richard Barrett. Arlene Smith, lead singer of the Chantels, is believed to be an uncredited co-writer. It was first recorded by the Chantels on October 16, 1957, in a doo-wop style with Barrett playing piano, and released in December 1957.

The song has been covered by many artists, including Janis Joplin. Rolling Stone ranked it No. 199 on its list of The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.



Woah if I could pray and I try, dear

You might come back home, home to me


Whoa, if I could ever hold your little hand

Ooh you might understand

Maybe, maybe, maybe, maybe, yeah

Maybe, maybe, maybe, maybe, maybe dear

I guess I might have done something wrong

Honey I'd be glad to admit it

Ooh, come on home to me

Honey maybe, maybe, maybe, maybe yeah

Well I know that it just doesn't ever seem to matter, baby

Woah honey, when I go out or what I'm trying to do

'Cause you see I'm still left here

And I'm all alone and needing you

Please, please, please, please

Oh won't you reconsider babe

Now come on, I said come back

Won't you come back to me

Maybe dear, oh maybe, maybe, maybe

Let me help you show me how

Honey, maybe, maybe, maybe, maybe

Maybe, maybe, maybe, yeah

Maybe, maybe, maybe, yeah


Songwriters: Richard Barrett

Maybe lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC, Songtrust Ave


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