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"Mercedes Benz", also known as "The Politician", is an a cappella song sung by Janis Joplin, in which she asks the Lord to buy her a Mercedes-Benz, a color TV, and a "night on the town".

Joplin wrote "Mercedes Benz" together with the poet Michael McClure and Bob Neuwirth, as a critical social commentary on how people relate happiness to money and material possessions. The song was originally written as something of a negative commentary about materialistic individuals who place too much value on items like a Mercedes-Benz. The song heavily reflects Joplin's view of what she saw as a materialistic world.

The song was recorded in one take.[1] "Mercedes Benz," along with a couple of rowdy verses of "Happy Birthday," sung for John Lennon were recorded on October 1, 1970 and were the last songs Joplin ever recorded; she died on October 4.

It appeared on the album Pearl (1971). The song title, as listed on that album, contains no hyphen although the automobile brand name is hyphenated.

The song references "Dialing for Dollars", an old segment carried on many local TV shows which required one to be watching the show in order to win.

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Label: Columbia
Release Date: May 15, 1971
Artist: Janis Joplin

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