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"Me and Bobby McGee" by Janis Joplin
Why it keeps Nyad going: "The rasp and breaks in Joplin's voice. The strength in that defect."

Lyric to sing to yourself: "Feeling good was easy, Lord, when he sang the blues/ You know, feeling good was good enough for me."



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