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Joni Mitchell — For Free
Album: Ladies of the Canyon
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Released: 1970
Length: 4:27
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I slept last night in a good hotel
I went shopping today for jewels
The wind rushed around in the dirty town,
And the children let out from the schools
I was standing on a noisy corner,
Waiting for the walking green
Across the street he stood
And he played real good,
On his clarinet for free

Now me I play for fortunes,
And those velvet curtain calls
I got a black limosine and two gentlemen
Escorting me to the halls
And i'll play if you have the money,
Or if you're a friend to me
But the one man band,
By the quick lunch stand,
He was playing real good for free

Nobody stoped to hear him,
Though he played so sweet and high
They knew he had never been on their tv
So they passed his music by
I meant to go over and ask for a song,
Maybe put on a harmony
I heard his refrain
As the signal changed
He was playing real good for free
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 meloman wrote:
A beautiful song that takes me back to a time when hope for a better world still existed. Thanks Bill and Rebecca.

 
Indeed.


Assuming that at least one person has commented on this song every time it's been played on RP, by my count this song has been played 18 times since 2001. Not nearly enough. Love me some Joni. {#Good-vibes}
This is a new one for me; thank you!
After this week, I need this.
Thank you Bill.
Ahhhhhhhh...............{#Meditate}
All is right with the world, thanks RP.
Love.
{#Hearteyes}
I wish you all the best. Now, where's the PSD button?
 oofus521 wrote:
chills man chills

 
Got that right.
chills man chills
A fantastic songstress!
Never.

colt4x5 wrote:


I never get tired of Joni ... but then I'm a guy..
;-) 

 


 Shesdifferent wrote:
I never get tired on Joni....but then I'm a girl....

 

I never get tired of Joni ... but then I'm a guy..
;-) 
Chills. After all these years. I don't know what it is. How blessed to have known her in her time.
I never get tired on Joni....but then I'm a girl....
Never liked Jonis wailing.
Joni at her all time best. 10 all the way.
A beautiful song that takes me back to a time when hope for a better world still existed. Thanks Bill and Rebecca.
The line "he played real good for free" always makes me wince a little.  In Joni's case I am assuming it's poetic license.
 cc_rider wrote:
The story of the song reminds me of the acclaimed violinist, who regularly sells out venues like Carnegie Hall (at $100+ for the cheap seats), playing in the subway. His violin? A 1710's era Stradivarius, worth millions. Hardly anyone paid him any attention, much less gave him any money. It was something of a stunt, but still, a guy who gets paid thousands of dollars PER MINUTE for his playing, and no one gave him a second glance.

Kinda makes you wonder what else we miss every day, huh?
 
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hnOPu0_YWhw

Link above...one of the stories in the article there was really only one that recognized him. But my take away was there was a kid that stopped and was listening as their parent hurried them by.  I took that lesson and when my kids stop to listen, I remind myself, I need to stop and listen as well. 
Very nice.  good early morning music at the beginning of a tough day.
One of my favorite JM songs of my favorite LP of hers....{#Music}
The story of the song reminds me of the acclaimed violinist, who regularly sells out venues like Carnegie Hall (at $100+ for the cheap seats), playing in the subway. His violin? A 1710's era Stradivarius, worth millions. Hardly anyone paid him any attention, much less gave him any money. It was something of a stunt, but still, a guy who gets paid thousands of dollars PER MINUTE for his playing, and no one gave him a second glance.

Kinda makes you wonder what else we miss every day, huh?
Thank you!
Must be nap time in Paradise. . .

{#Yawn}


David Crosby sings a really nice version of this on the Byrds reunion album that came out around 1973 or so. The rest of the reunion album was lackluster IMO but I remember liking his interpretation of "For Free."

 SinisterDexter wrote:
Wow, has it been almost 9 years since this song was last played? Much too long!
 
I could wait another 9 to hear it again. " I'm just saying" :)

 Ubaldo wrote:
Brings it all back . . .{#Sunny}
 
Hey — great no-hitter this season. You gonna re-sign with the Rockies?

Brings it all back . . .{#Sunny}
I am sorry but everytime I hear Joni Mitchell it reminds me of a 70's wedding, doctors office muzak or something like that. Oi!{#Doh}
Wow, has it been almost 9 years since this song was last played? Much too long!
Love how they grow voices up north...Joni, k.d., the Wailin' Jennys.
One of the best by one of the best.
It\'s hard to believe that this melody was produced almost thirty years ago, it\'s still fresh as a just-cut rose ;)
she\'s still so cool. love this.
this song has always given me goosebumps....i love it so much.
I could listen to Joni all day. Number One on my list of female artists.
Such a BEAUTIFUL album ... \'Rainy Night House\', \'Conversation\', The priest\' ... actually ... all of the songs are good !*!*!*!* Hearing her music is always a direct connection back to my early days of being in love !