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Joni Mitchell. By Garett Gee and Alexa Gualazzi. Background info . Joni Mitchell was born on November 7, 1943 She was raised in Saskatoon, taking up painting and music very early

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Joni mitchell

Joni Mitchell

By Garett Gee and Alexa Gualazzi


Background info

Background info

  • Joni Mitchell was born on November 7, 1943

  • She was raised in Saskatoon, taking up painting and music very early

  • When she was little her left hand was weakened because of polio, this left her chords sounding more like jazz than folk or rock

  • Her name was originally Roberta Joan Anderson

  • She attended the Alberta College of Art

  • She was noticed first for her writing and art

  • She begun as a folk singer through the sixties and early seventies

  • moved to Toronto and married folk singer Chuck Mitchell keeping his name after the divorce

  • Mitchell was signed to Reprise Records in 1967

  • She had a daughter, who she put up for adoption.

  • She met the girl in 1996, and they now have a good relationship.

  • Her name is Klaurin Gibb she’s a model in Canada

  • Joni Mitchell inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1997


Both sides now

Both sides now

Bows and flows of angel hair and ice cream castles in the

air and feather canyons everywhere, I've looked at clouds that way.

But now they only block the sun, they rain and snow on everyone.

So many things I would have done but clouds got in my way.

I've looked at clouds from both sides now,

from up and down, and still somehow

it's cloud illusions I recall.

I really don't know clouds at all.

Moons and Junes and ferris wheels, the dizzy dancing way you feel

as every fairy tale comes real; I've looked at love that way.

But now it's just another show. You leave 'em laughing when you go,

and if you care, don't let them know, don't give yourself away.

I've looked at love

from both sides now, from give and take, and still somehow

it's love's illusions I recall.

I really don't know love at all.

Tears and fears and feeling proud, to say "I love you" right out loud,

dreams and schemes and circus crowds, I've looked at life that way.

But now old friends are acting strange, they shake their heads, they say

I've changed.

Something's lost but something's gained in living every day.

I've looked at life from both sides now,

from win and lose, and still somehow

it's life's illusions I recall.

I really don't know life at all.


Circle game

Circle game

springs and 16 summers gone now

Cartwheels turn to car wheels through the town

And they tell him take your time it won't be long now

'Til you drag your feet to slow the circles down

And the seasons they go round and round

And the painted ponies go up and down

We're captive on the carousel of time

We can't return we can only look

Behind from where we came

And go round and round and round in the circle game

So the years spin by and now the boy is 20

Though his dreams have lost some grandeur coming true

They'll be new dreams maybe better dreams and plenty

Before the last revolving year is through

And the seasons they go round and round

And the painted ponies go up and down

We're captive on the carousel of time

We can't return we can only look

Behind from where we came

And go round and round and round in the circle game

And go round and round and round in the circle game

Yesterday a child came out to wander

Caught a dragonfly inside a jar Fearful when the sky was full of thunder

And tearful at the falling of a star

And the seasons they go round and round

And the painted ponies go up and down

We're captive on the carousel of time

We can't return we can only look

Behind from where we came

And go round and round and round in the circle game

Then the child moved ten times 'round the seasons

Skated over ten clear frozen streams

Words like when you're older must appease him

And promises of someday make his dreams

And the seasons they go round and round

And the painted ponies go up and down

We're captive on the carousel of time

We can't return we can only look

Behind from where we came

And go round and round and round in the circle game


Big yellow taxi

Big yellow taxi

They paved paradise

And put up a parking lot

With a pink hotel, a boutique

And a swinging hot SPOT

Don't it always seem to go

That you don't know what you've got ‘Til it's gone

They paved paradise And put up a parking lot

They took all the trees

And put them in a tree museum

Then they charged the people

A dollar and a half just to see 'em

Don't it always seem to go,

That you don't know what you've got ‘Til it's gone

They paved paradise

And put up a parking lot

Hey farmer, farmer

Put away that DDT now

Give me spots on my apples

But LEAVE me the birds and the bees Please!

Don't it always seem to go

That you don't know what you've got ‘Til its gone

They paved paradise

And put up a parking lot

Late last night I heard the screen door slam

And a big yellow taxi

Come and took away my old man

Don't it always seem to go

That you don't know what you've got ‘Til it's gone

They paved paradise

And put up a parking lot

I said

Don't it always seem to go

That you don't know what you've got ‘Til it's gone

They paved paradise

And put up a parking lot

They paved paradise

And put up a parking lot

They paved paradise And put up a parking lot


Sunny

Sunny

She pulls the shade;

It's just another sunny Sunday

She dodges the light like Blanche DuBois

Bright colors fade away on such a sunny Sunday;

She waits for the night to fall

Then she points a pistol through the door

And she aims at the streetlight

While the freeway hisses

Dogs bark as the gun falls to the floor

The streetlight's still burning;

She always misses

But the day she hits

That's the day she'll leave

That one little victory, that's all she needs!

She pulls the shade;

It's just another sunny Monday

She waits for the night to fall


Help me

Help me

Help me I think I'm falling

in love again

When I get that crazy feeling

I know I'm in trouble again

I'm in trouble

'cause you're a rambler and a gambler

and a sweet-talking ladies man

And you love your lovin'

But not like you love your freedom

Help me I think I'm falling in love

too fast

It's got me hoping for the future

and worrying about the past

'cause I've seen some hot hot blazes

come down to smoke and ash

We love our lovin'

But not like we love our freedom

Didn't it feel good

we were sitting there talking

or lying there not talking

Didn't it feel good

You dance with the lady with the hole in her stocking

didn't it feel good

didn't it feel good

Help me I think I'm falling in love

with you

Are you going to let me go there by myself

That's such a lonely thing to do

Both of us flirting around

Flirting and flirting

Hurting too

We love our lovin'

But not like we love our freedom


Free man in paris

Free man in Paris

The way I see it

He said you just can't win it

Everybody's in it for their own gain

You can't please them all

There's always somebody callin you down

I do my best and I do good business

There's alot of people askin for my time

They're trying to get ahead

They're trying to be a good friend of mine

I was a free man in Paris

I felt unfettered and alive

There was nobody callin me up for favors

And no one's future to decide

You know I'd go back there tomorrow

But for the work I've taken on

Stokin the star maker machinery behind the popular song

I deal in dreamers and telephone screamers

Lately I wonder what I do it for

If I had my way, I'd just walk through those doors

And wander down the Champs-Élysées

Goin' café to cabaret

Thinkin how I'd feel when I find that very good friend of mine

I was a free man in Paris

I felt unfettered and alive

Nobody was callin me up for favors

No one's future to decide

You know I'd go back there tomorrow

But for the work I've taken on

Stokin the star maker machinery behind the popular song


You turn me on im a radio

You turn me on im a radio

If you're driving into town

With a dark cloud above you

Dial in the number

Who's bound to love you

Oh honey you turn me on

I'm a radio

I'm a country station

I'm a little bit corny

I'm a wide open flower

Waiting for you

I'm a broadcasting tower

Waving for you

And I'm sending you out

This signal here

I hope you can pick it up

Loud and clear

I know you don't like weak women

You get bored so quick

And you don't like strong women

'Cause they're hip to your tricks

It's been dirty for dirty

Down the line

But you know I come when you whistle

And you're loving and kind

If you've got too many doubts

If there's no good reception for me

Then tune me out, 'cause honey

Who needs the static I

t hurts the head

And you wind up cracking

And the day goes dismal From

"Breakfast Barney"

To the sign-off prayer

What a sorry face you get to wear

I'm going to tell you again now

If you're still listening there I

f you're driving into town

With a dark cloud above you

Dial in the number

Who's bound to love you

If you're lying on the beach

With the transistor going

Kick off the sandflies honey

The love's still flowing

If your head says forget it

But your heart's still smoking

Call me at the station

The lines are open


I think i understand

I think i understand

Daylight falls upon the path, the forest falls behind

Today I am not prey to dark uncertainty

The shadow trembles in its wrath,

I've robbed its blackness blind

And tasted sunlight as my fear came clear to me

I think I understand

Fear is like a wilderland

Stepping stones or sinking sand

Now the way leads to the hills, above the steeple's

chime

Below me sleepy rooftops round the harbor

It's there I'll take my thirsty fill of friendship over wine

Forgetting fear but never disregarding her

Oh, I think I understand

Fear is like a wilderland

Stepping stones and sinking sand

Sometimes voices in the night will call me back

again

Back along the pathway of a troubled mind

When forests rise to block the light that keeps a

traveler sane

I'll challenge them with flashes from a brighter time

Oh, I think I understand

Fear is like a wilderland

Stepping stones or sinking sand


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