I’m traveling in some vehicle
I’m sitting in some cafe
A defector from the petty wars
That shell shock love away
There’s comfort in melancholy
When there’s no need to explain
It’s just as natural as the weather
In this moody sky today
In our possessive coupling
So much could not be expressed
So now I’m returning to myself
These things that you and I suppressed
I see something of myself in everyone
Just at this moment of the world
As snow gathers like bolts of lace
Waltzing on a ballroom girl

You know it never has been easy
Whether you do or you do not resign
Whether you travel the breadth of extremities
Or stick to some straighter line
Now here’s a man and a woman sitting on a rock
They’re either going to thaw out or freeze
Strains of Benny Goodman *
Coming through the snow and the pinewood trees
I’m porous with travel fever
But you know I’m so glad to be on my own
Still somehow the slightest touch of a stranger
Can set up trembling in my bones *
I know no one’s going to show me everything
We all come and go unknown
Each so deep and superficial
Between the forceps and the stone

Well I looked at the granite markers
Those tribute to finality to eternity
And then I looked at myself here
Chicken scratching for my immortality
In the church they light the candles
And the wax rolls down like tears
There’s the hope and the hopelessness
I’ve witnessed thirty years
We’re only particles of change I know I know
Orbiting around the sun
But how can I have that point of view
When I’m always bound and tied to someone
White flags of winter chimneys
Waving truce against the moon
In the mirrors of a modern bank
From the window of a hotel room

I’m traveling in some vehicle
I’m sitting in some cafe
A defector from the petty wars
Until love sucks me back that way

5 Responses to 'JONI MITCHELL'

  1. Lindsay says:

    So perfect. I am currently facing the decision to end a relationship that is not good for me. I know what I need to do, but it’s so hard. I needed to be reminded of this song, and how true the words ring. They speak my truth, as does everything Joni writes. I listened to Down To You today, and it soothed me so. Love you Ro. I hold you in my heart, and I know that both of us (Joni as well – health-wise!) will emerge from this – stronger, better, more resilient. Only love. Indeed.
    All my heart…

    • Lindsay says:

      The end got cut off 😉

      and all my yellow,
      your strangerfriend teacher in Korea,
      Lindsay xoxo

  2. Candace Pfau says:

    thank you for posting lyrics to some songs I have never heard. those words are like revelations in my soul. Haunting. More than poetry.

  3. Laura says:

    Stupid me for believing an internet report. Now the official website saying it is not true that Joni is in a coma, only that her friend has been given permission to make medical decisions. Still…..

  4. Laura says:

    I am despondent over the news Joni is in a coma. She has meant so very much to me in my life. Her lyrics, her music, her paintings, her words. I am just so sad at the thought of losing her.