little green – joni mitchell

Born with the moon in Cancer
Choose her a name she will answer to
Call her green and the winters cannot fade her
Call her green for the children who’ve made her
Little green, be a gypsy dancer

He went to California
Hearing that everything’s warmer there
So you write him a letter and say “Her eyes are blue”
He sends you a poem and she’s lost to you
Little green he’s a non-conformer

Just a little green
Like the color when the spring is born
There’ll be crocuses to bring to school tomorrow
Just a little green
Like the nights when the Northern lights perform
There’ll be icicles and birthday clothes
And sometimes there’ll be sorrow

Child with a child pretending
Weary of lies you are sending home
So you sign all the papers in the family name
You’re sad and you’re sorry but you’re not ashamed
Little green have a happy ending

Just a little green
Like the color when the spring is born
There’ll be crocuses to bring to school tomorrow
Just a little green
Like the nights when the Northern lights perform
There’ll be icicles and birthday clothes
And sometimes there’ll be sorrow

13 Responses to 'little green – joni mitchell'

  1. Annie says:

    I think it’s going to speak to everyone differently, as art does.

  2. jan Stewart says:

    ? This is Joni’s song about her daughter……..as a mother she wrote this not as an adopter. You cannot take what you never had.

    • Lindsay says:

      Shut up Jan

      • suzy says:

        Ditto Lindsay! Jan where does Rosie say she’s taking claim to these exact sentiments as her own? Perhaps she is showing concern & sympathy for the misguided youth of her daughter’s birth mother who allowed herself to become pregnant when addicted & w/a man who couldn’t be trusted? Perhaps Rosie fears for the daughter she raised being vulnerable to this same sort of mistake? Especially when Chelsea is now w/the very birth mother who lost her & went to court to enable a former addict to see…

      • Adoptee says:

        She is correct. This song was written by Joni Mitchell regarding the child she was forced to relinquish during the Baby Scoop Era. Rosie needs to remember that this is not about her. This is about an adoptee’s need for her chapter 1, genetic mirroring,and an authentic sense of self. While I am sure that she is upset…this is not personal.

        • Suzy says:

          I know what the song is about and so does Rosie I believe. Rosie understands that this is Chelsea’s quest. The reunion for Joni and her daughter has not always been a smooth one.

          • Adoptee says:

            No reunion is easy. Adoption gives rise to complex feelings for relinquishing mother and child. It is not easy to be an adoptive parent either. It still does not mean that reunion should not happen. I am not sure what point you are trying to make with your comment about Joni and her daughter’s reunion.

  3. Kathie Mechowski says:

    As a mother of two adult children, I know that children give us the greatest joys and deepest pain. I trust in prayer and have seen my children come back to me to mend a bruised relationship caused by a unhealthy relationship. Your daughter knows as my children did, that you love fiercely and unconditionally, and will be a soft place to fall. I keep you in my prayers and admire you as a human being and wonderful mother.

  4. Lindsay says:

    Ohhh Joni. How she heals and soothes with her wisdom. My song is Same Situation. Stay strong strangerfriend. All the yellow to you. Love, your teacherfriend in South Korea.

  5. jen jen says:

    I don’t know how you feel, but I do ‘feel you’. I trust she’ll find her way. You have given her a strong foundation and her wings.
    And so it will be.

  6. Debbi says:

    Beautiful! My sweet daughter, adopted at birth…off to college bright and string. Sorrow is part of adoption. Hearts filled with honor of raiding this beautiful child but a small tear in their soul that never gets shed. Love to you, Rosie. A child can never have too many people to love them. We do not own them, just nurture them and hope they soar.

  7. Kathleen Hanley says:

    Rosie you have the Biggest heart. When you love- you love fiercely and unconditionally. You are a Great Spirit and Chelsea will get ‘everything’ in time.

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