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Joni Mitchell — Jericho
Album: Don Juan's Reckless Daughter
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Released: 1977
Length: 3:17
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I'll try to keep myself open up to you
That's a promise that I made to love
When it was new
"Just like Jericho" I said
"Let these wall come tumbling down"
I said it like I finally found the way
To keep the good feelings alive
I said it like it was something to strive for.

I'll try to keep myself open up to you
And approve your self expression
I need that, too
I need your confidence, baby
And the gift of your extra time
In turn I'll give you mine
Sweet darling, it's a rich exchange
It seems to me
It's a warm arrangement!

Anyone will tell you
Just how hard it is to make and keep a friend
Maybe they'll short sell you
Or maybe it's you
Judas, in the end
When you just can no longer pretend
That you're getting what you need
Or you're giving out anything for them to grow and feed on.

I'll try to keep myself open up to you
It gets easier and easier to do
Just like Jericho
Let these walls come tumbling down now
Let them fall right on the ground
Let all these dogs go running free
The wild and the gentle dogs
Kenneled in me.
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Astonishingly good!! One of her best.
Not familiar with the song, but knew within mere seconds — 2, at most — that it was Joni Mitchell. That's... unusual.
Nice segue from Michael Hedges song where comments said they expected to hear Joni Mitchell singing.

Well dudes, your thoughts have been answered by the great DJ in the Ether - BillG. 
PERFECT
{#Razz}

Yeah, nice lyrics, indeed.

But, this is unlistenable.


 colt4x5 wrote:
there's a nice version of jericho on miles of aisles but i don't know who played the bass.
 
quite agree.  That whole album is terrific.  Wonder if they had a falling out.
colt4x5 wrote:
there's a nice version of jericho on miles of aisles but i don't know who played the bass.
Max Bennett, from Tom Scott's band The LA Express. I love this song...one of the most HONEST love songs ever written. Check out kd lang's cover of it, it's brilliant as well.
Victor Wooten eat your heart out.
....and long live Joni and her music! Bring it on RP :clap:
All hail Jaco! He'll never be forgotten :notworthy:
Birdo wrote:
Jaco Pastorius was THE oustanding bass player of his time, and certainly added his distinctive style to this album. His punchy raunchy sound came from removing the frets from a Fender Jazz Bass and filling the groves with epoxy...hence a fretless bass. There's a wonderful tribute album to Jaco by Brian Bromberg entitled "Jaco". Worth a listen.
I've heard a fretless played before, but it NEVER sounded like this. Guess it's a tool in the hands of a MASTER.
Hard to imagine Joni without Jaco... such a warm counterpart to her vocals/guitar.
Birdo wrote:
His punchy raunchy sound came from removing the frets from a Fender Jazz Bass and filling the grooves with epoxy...hence a fretless bass. .
I never knew that. COOL! :cool:
Jaco Pastorius was THE oustanding bass player of his time, and certainly added his distinctive style to this album. His punchy raunchy sound came from removing the frets from a Fender Jazz Bass and filling the groves with epoxy...hence a fretless bass. There's a wonderful tribute album to Jaco by Brian Bromberg entitled "Jaco". Worth a listen.
Just saw a special on Joni on cbc here in canada, she was attending a conference at a university back east that was about her and her music. She was also awarded an honorary degree She said in an interview that she will no longer make new music, since she found her daughter she has no inspiration, quite interesting. There was a real interesting comment by an african american music journalist. He says the black community always thought of Joni as a black artist. They then pointed to the cover of Don Juans Reckless Daughter and noted the black guy on the cover is infact Joni.
there's a nice version of jericho on miles of aisles but i don't know who played the bass.
Rickvee wrote:
How did Jaco get that tone? Awesome.
GOD, that man was incredible. RIP, Jaco.
Nice set, with Cassandra Wilson sliding into Joni Mitchell......
ciscochasbro wrote:
Joni's great enough - then add Jaco's heavenly bass lines and geezzz - fantastic!
I hear this tune and I get goosebumps
How did Jaco get that tone? Awesome.
Cool! I have this album, but I don't remember this track - I know this song much better from the MILES OF AISLES album - this one is good too. Now I have to dig up that LP and burn a copy for the car!
ciscochasbro wrote:
Joni's great enough - then add Jaco's heavenly bass lines and geezzz - fantastic!
Ditto! Long Live Jaco!
Joni's great enough - then add Jaco's heavenly bass lines and geezzz - fantastic!