Big Yellow Taxi

You ever hear a song that you can hum along to whenever it comes on the radio, but don’t actually know the words?  Then when you start to listen to the words, you begin to understand the story that is being told.  Well, Big Yellow Taxi is one of those songs.  I want my apples with spots, eggs with different colored yolks and imperfect strawberries.

The “Big Yellow Taxi” is a song that was originally written and performed by Joni Mitchell, but has been covered by both Bob Dylan and the Counting Crows.  I have copied links to both Joni’s version and the Counting Crows’ version.  Give ’em a listen and don’t forget “you don’t know what you got till it’s gone…”

Big Yellow Taxi by Joni Mitchell
“Ladies of the Canyon”, May 1970

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 and put them in a tree museum.
And they charged all 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 D.D.T., 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.

Joni Mitchell in concert, 1970: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZgMEPk6fvpg

Counting Crows Version: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tvtJPs8IDgU

Advertisements
This entry was posted in random rants. Bookmark the permalink.

3 Responses to Big Yellow Taxi

  1. I cannot tell you what it means to have this song quoted here. Joni’s lyrics are woven deep into the fabric of my generation and knowing that her words are being covered by the Counting Crows (Dylan doesn’t really count here!) is like recycling in a pure form.

    • sacredbee says:

      I am glad that you approve. I didn’t know that the song was covered by Counting Crows – it was a pleasant surprise to find out Joni Mitchell had written it. : )

  2. Jenny says:

    Amy Grant also covered this song. Hers’ was the first version I heard. Great song!

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s