Sunday, October 10, 2010

Joni Mitchell in Big Yellow Taxi

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Joni Mitchell in concert in 1970. The song was first put out as a single and then was put on the album Ladies of the Canyon in 1970 by Warner Brothers.

There is an excellent interview with Joni Mitchell on the Charlie Rose show: January 19, 2008. Mr. Rose is one of the best interviewers on TV, asking intelligent probing questions.

Original Single Cover: Big Yellow Taxi (1970): Warner Bros Records

 

 

 

 

 

 


Ms. Mitchell discusses the history on the song's development in an interview with Robert Hilburn of The Los Angeles Times:


Joni Mitchell: "I wrote 'Big Yellow Taxi' on my first trip to Hawaii. I took a taxi to the hotel and when I woke up the next morning, I threw back the curtains and saw these beautiful green mountains in the distance. Then, I looked down and there was a parking lot as far as the eye could see, and it broke my heart ... this blight on paradise. That's when I sat down and wrote the song."

 

Big Yellow Taxi

By Joni Mitchell  

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
Till it's gone
They paved paradise
And put up a parking lot

They took all the trees
Put 'em in a tree museum *
And 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
Till 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
Till it's gone
They paved paradise
And put up a parking lot

Late last night
I heard the screen door slam
And a big yellow taxi
Took away my old man

Don't it always seem to go
That you don't know what you've got
Till it's gone
They paved paradise
And put up a parking lot

They paved paradise
And put up a parking lot


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