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Joni Mitchell — The Jungle Line
Album: The Hissing Of Summer Lawns
Avg rating:
4.3

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Total ratings: 585









Released: 1975
Length: 4:18
Plays (last 30 days): 1
Rousseau walks on trumpet paths
Safaris to the heart of all that jazz
Through I bars and girders-through wires and pipes
The mathematic circuits of the modern nights
Through huts, through Harlem, through jails and gospel pews
Through the class on Park and the trash on Vine
Through Europe and the deep deep heart of Dixie blue
Through savage progress cuts the jungle line

In a low-cut blouse she brings the beer
Rousseau paints a jungle flower behind her ear
Those cannibals-of shuck and jive
They'll eat a working girl like her alive
With his hard-edged eye and his steady hand
He paints the cellar full of ferns and orchid vines
And he hangs a moon above a five-piece band
He hangs it up above the jungle line

The jungle line, the jungle line
Screaming in a ritual of sound and time
Floating, drifting on the air-conditioned wind
And drooling for a taste of something smuggled in
Pretty women funneled through valves and smoke
Coy and bitchy, wild and fine
And charging elephants and chanting slaving boats
Charging, chanting down the jungle line

There's a poppy wreath on a soldier's tomb
There's a poppy snake in a dressing room
Poppy poison-poppy tourniquet
It slithers away on brass like mouthpiece spit
And metal skin and ivory birds
Go steaming up to Rousseau's vines
They go steaming up to Brooklyn Bridge
Steaming, steaming, steaming up the jungle line
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 enkay wrote:

Because this station is "listener supported", not listener owned or listener controlled. And thank heavens for that.
 
And thanks to RP for playing this song.  It takes me back to a fun time in my life - and a Joni Mitchell LP that I've always loved.
 jtherieau wrote:
I'd love to hear Tom Waits cover this one.
 

Leonard Cohen did, on Herbie Hancock's Joni tribute album, "River."  But it didn't work well (imho).
Delightfully bizarre!
 carrigman wrote:
A great track from one of the stand-out albums of the 70s. An album that has huge personal significance for me. An easy 9.
 
I won't go so far as a 9, though I've enjoyed many of Joni's "not everyone's cuppa tea" tracks, and while this isn't my favorite of her's, I will go +1 to the 7 rate....Long Live RP!!
 RabbitEars wrote:
great cover by herbie hancock & leonard cohen. it's a radical interpretation that adds dimension
 
Thomas Dolby

Not everyone's cup of tea, and when this album first came out, it really alienated a lot of Joni Mitchell listeners. But it has a place in any playlist, and it's Joni doing her thing. 
With a little tweaking it could be a Bjork song.  So different than any other Joni Mitchell.  The fact it was recorded in the 70s is amazing. 
A great track from one of the stand-out albums of the 70s. An album that has huge personal significance for me. An easy 9.
on the album, this trek through the jungle is rewarded with the light, lyrics and melody of Edith and the Kingpin.  Back-to-back, Bill.
 sfyi2001 wrote:
Wait, how did you know that?  I loath TW.


Hang in there !  Tom Waits is up next with - 'Jockey Full of Bourbon' 

{#Crown}
 

That's got to be the best album name ever. 
I don't think i'll ever get Joni Mitchell. I know she's very talented but her music doesn't resonate with me. Probably too unorthodox.

Hang in there !  Tom Waits is up next with - 'Jockey Full of Bourbon' 

{#Crown}
keep this one in rotation  
folks who don´t like it can always use friendly PSD/skip button 
How could this "band" ever be so succsessful?
A bold experiment on Joni's part. I'm on the fence whether I like it or not, but it is worth listening to, seeing how musicians embraced electronics early on
don't worry bout the haters. this is one of joni's genre-breaking classics. her  clear voice and melody stand out from the drums and synths like a rose sprouting out of a concrete parking lot. the arrangement is unique and raw, her phrasing is elegant and naked, and her lyrics drop imagery and rhymes that that no one can touch.

Through huts, through Harlem, through jails and gospel pews
Through the class on Park and the trash on Vine
Through Europe and the deep deep heart of Dixie blue
Through savage progress cuts the jungle line ....
great cover by herbie hancock & leonard cohen. it's a radical interpretation that adds dimension
Challenging, to say the least.  Depending on mood, I'd give it a 1 or a 10, but what do I know?  I do know that I can't listen to "normal" radio now I've experienced the RP life, that's for sure.  I'm such a snob these days.
Well I think this is great - so there. Not many songs about Rousseau have what sounds like maritime cheering in the background.
 daveinnj wrote:
Quite possibly the worst song, of any artist, of any time, and any genre. It deserves attention for being the complete opposite of a good tune... so maybe that's a good thing. 
But for real, is it the desired affect to feel this song is the manifestation of a mental breakdown? 

All I can do is agree 100 per cent with Dave.  In ten years of listening this is the first time I have the bad luck to hear this track.

What that 10 years has confirmed for me is that Mitchell was the most over rated female to come out of the whole Laurel Canyon music scene.  She was in the right place at the right time to come out clinging to the shirt tails of the real talent in that Canyon.

 jtherieau wrote:
I'd love to hear Tom Waits cover this one.
 

This was just followed by Jockey Full of Bourbon so you seem to be on the same page as Bill.
Quite possibly the worst song, of any artist, of any time, and any genre. It deserves attention for being the complete opposite of a good tune... so maybe that's a good thing. 
But for real, is it the desired affect to feel this song is the manifestation of a mental breakdown? 
 enkay wrote:

Because this station is "listener supported", not listener owned or listener controlled. And thank heavens for that.
 
Genius, both lyrically and musically
I'd love to hear Tom Waits cover this one.
Weakest track on her best album, IMO.
 Tony0600 wrote:
i totally dislike this music, and so it seems, do many other RP listeners.  Why is it on the playlist?
 

 
Because this station is "listener supported", not listener owned or listener controlled. And thank heavens for that.
i'd like to hear it again
it does seem to be a bit a head of it's time
for 1975
or at least to me it does 
What Bill just said- this song is genius: "“Mediocrity knows nothing higher than itself; but talent instantly recognizes genius.” 
― Arthur Conan DoyleThe Valley of Fear
 LawrenceSheppard wrote:
There are so many amazing JM tunes. I'm a huge fan of hers. That said, this one leaves me cold ...
 
You said it best...
 Tony0600 wrote:
i totally dislike this music, and so it seems, do many other RP listeners.  Why is it on the playlist?
 

 
Why do you like U2? 
 laozilover wrote:
I'm with mr. DJ, I give it a 9!{#Cheesygrin}

 
Thirded! I always liked this song. 
 laozilover wrote:
I'm with mr. DJ, I give it a 9!{#Cheesygrin}

 
Great song. Thoughtful lyrics. New song for me. Thanks RP!
There are so many amazing JM tunes. I'm a huge fan of hers. That said, this one leaves me cold ...
me too.. always really loved this.
I'm with mr. DJ, I give it a 9!{#Cheesygrin}
This is not typical of JM; hence, it is a great song.. ;) 
well it's different although why she's going on about some Canadien President is anyone's guess.{#Laughing} At least her voice doesn't sound as horrible as it usually does.
 Lotus_Miata wrote:
"Mouthpiece spit?" Ewwwwwwwww!!!!
 
A small price to pay for some good jazz :)
Like this song WAY more than some of the didgeridoo music that gets hauled out on RP every once in a while.
i totally dislike this music, and so it seems, do many other RP listeners.  Why is it on the playlist?
 
Wow. Yeah, Bill, you're kinda running contrary to a civilized society when you say this is a 'good song'. 
Worst I have ever heard.  making me sick   
I like this song.  Joni was being experimental, and it's an interesting exploration...
Crodgers said: "...An expression of a group of feelings that comes along only so often in one's life, if ever."

I fully agree with this but perhaps it would have been best to recite the song's lyrics as poetry at a reading rather than put Joanie's horrible music to it. It's plain to see (hear) why this never made the top 40 playlist.  As a former music director of one of north Florida's early "progressive" stations I might have programmed this novelty song late (make that real late) at night when the "heads" were the predominate listening audience but that would have been about it.  
That was interesting.  And that's what I like about RP, you're gonna get some of those weird songs that you've never heard of before.

Just chill, it's a 4 minute song....
 crogers wrote:
Some people wouldn't recognize art if it jumped up and bit them on the ass.

Is it the perfect accompaniment to a nice meal?  No.

Is it what you'd want to listen to while enjoying a full body massage from someone you find unspeakably attractive?  Hell, no.

Is it what you'd want to have injected into your chilled-out stream of meditative semi-consciousness?   Oh my goodness, please no.

However, it *is* a work of art.  An expression of a group of feelings that comes along only so often in one's life, if ever.  It was written by someone who, I think many would agree, has a singularly interesting perspective on human interactions and our bumbling attempts at understanding what the hell we're supposed to be doing here.  

Back off the blinders and judge the work in context — if you find that you still hate it, I can only suggest that it may have more to do with when you're hearing it than the piece itself — assuming of course that you give a shit about people daring to express themselves outside the damn box.

Just some thoughts... thanks.

 
Yes! All of the above also applies to Bob Dylan, Neil Young, Tom Waits, Leonard Cohen, Tim Buckley and so many other artists who don't just churn out easy listening predigested pablum for the masses.
Some people wouldn't recognize art if it jumped up and bit them on the ass.

Is it the perfect accompaniment to a nice meal?  No.

Is it what you'd want to listen to while enjoying a full body massage from someone you find unspeakably attractive?  Hell, no.

Is it what you'd want to have injected into your chilled-out stream of meditative semi-consciousness?   Oh my goodness, please no.

However, it *is* a work of art.  An expression of a group of feelings that comes along only so often in one's life, if ever.  It was written by someone who, I think many would agree, has a singularly interesting perspective on human interactions and our bumbling attempts at understanding what the hell we're supposed to be doing here.  

Back off the blinders and judge the work in context — if you find that you still hate it, I can only suggest that it may have more to do with when you're hearing it than the piece itself — assuming of course that you give a shit about people daring to express themselves outside the damn box.

Just some thoughts... thanks.
Bill,

I just don't get why RP listeners are not impressed by this song.

Actually, it seems many RP listeners don't like Joni Mitchell whatsoever.  But they are still tuned in!

 
So this is the sound radiohead was going for.
I took almost 5 minutes, to stop what I was doing. 
Digging up, from somewhere, my user id for Radio Paradise.
Resetting the long forgotten password, and logged in to find, to my dismay:
I CAN'T SET THIS SONG TO A NEGATIVE NUMBER!!
BILL, I NEED NEGATIVE NUMBERS FOR THIS ONE!!

:)
 
I didn't like it that much, but I'm glad that Bill is sticking to his guns on this.
Somebody posted it was like Aural Torture.  I misread it at first and I thought they wrote Anal Torture. Ha -  surely not I thought and yet maybe...
 rtb wrote:
Oh, I can hear it, but it's so deep it's meaningless. (and, yes, I did rip that phrase off of Gord Downie)
 
Just a thought:-

Deep & Meaningless
Album by John Otway and Wild Willy Barrett

Deep & Meaningless is the second album by English folk singer-songwriter duo John Otway and Wild Willy Barrett. It was released in 1978. From Wikipedia

Aren't the drums in the background from "Burundi Black" (the song is named "Burundi Black", too, AFAIK)?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u_F0AdcILDE
meloman wrote:
Wow, I can't believe the negative comments. Can't you people hear the poetry
Oh, I can hear it, but it's so deep it's meaningless. (and, yes, I did rip that phrase off of Gord Downie)
meloman wrote:
Wow, I can't believe the negative comments. Can't you people hear the poetry, or are you all too young? This was one of the most innovative albums of the mid '70s, and still manages to move me.
Funny... It's causing me to want to have a movement too.
Lotus_Miata wrote:
"Mouthpiece spit?" Ewwwwwwwww!!!!
Yup, that's the only lyric I remember. Not a good sign. Sounds like a bad video game.
Wow, I can't believe the negative comments. Can't you people hear the poetry, or are you all too young? This was one of the most innovative albums of the mid '70s, and still manages to move me.
Is this the lowest rated song on RP? It reminds me of something you'd hear on a satire of indie film makers.
Why does this keep getting played? I've never seen a song actually get such airtime on RP with an average rating so low -- and such a dearth of 8s and 9s and 10s.
hippiechick wrote:
the bassoon (or whatever it is) sounds like farting!
SEE WHAT I MEAN!
I love Joni but this one :puke: Sorry
On_The_Beach wrote:
Just the opposite for me. I think this was Joni's best album (and Prince agrees)! This is the only weak track on the album; not sure why RP chose it.
Agreed. Why doesn't he ever play Edith and the Kingpin? Or anything else from this album. I think Bill secretly dislikes Joni, so he plays this to antagonize Joni fans and support Joni haters. And Prince? He is not qualified to play music let alone opine on Ms. Mitchell!
the bassoon (or whatever it is) sounds like farting!
On_The_Beach wrote:
Just the opposite for me. I think this was Joni's best album (and Prince agrees)! This is the only weak track on the album; not sure why RP chose it.
Because it's not weak.
algrif wrote:
. . . most people think this album is a low point in her career.
Just the opposite for me. I think this was Joni's best album (and Prince agrees)! This is the only weak track on the album; not sure why RP chose it.
Old_Pool_Skunk wrote:
Funny how old this is... and the different elements are so similar to sampled work right now. Not my fave Joni, but she stretched her horizons.
ditto
I wonder how many of those who are trashing this gave White Stripes a pass for their "innovative" tripe played earlier on RP. Just curious
Not for the faint of heart, that's for sure. I'm glad I'm not alone in considering it "Godlike," though. 10 of us are happy right now. Thanks for playing something from this magnificent album!!!
Lol, really, i can't stop laughing this is so bad...
so ahead of her time..come on, people , this was made in the 70s !! radiohead could cover this and you'd say cool
"Mouthpiece spit?" Ewwwwwwwww!!!!
Oh the horror! The horror.
O god make it stop please please this is the worst song on rp
Booo.. :(
This song: - N O !
ugh. are my headphones broken or what is that disgusting droning sound?
Odyzzeuz wrote:
Aural torture. Alberto Gonzales loves this song, for all the wrong reasons.
Oh that is so on-point! LOL!
Time to switch to some Calexico. This is just so, so bad.
Aural torture. Alberto Gonzales loves this song, for all the wrong reasons.
This is my favourite Joni album and the only one I've ever bought. Probably too jazz-oriented for most folks. But not me.
Professor_C wrote:
Wow - the lowest average rating I've ever seen for a song on RP. It just isn't that bad, guys.
Not by a long shot.
Wow - the lowest average rating I've ever seen for a song on RP. It just isn't that bad, guys.
weird and random
Funny how Joni fans hate it, Joni haters like it. For the most part. This is the only Joni song I don't turn off. 7
I'm really impressed RP plays Joni's more obscure trax, always loved this, gotta lota stuff we need to hear :music: an' hear yea well!
The problem is that the song is yechhhh algrif wrote:
The problem is that most people think this album is a low point in her career. It's more a comment about that than a comment about the merits of the song in itself.
Holy sh!t, a Joni Mitchell song I don't hate. Thought it was Bjork.
Man this song is hard on the ears. It hurts all the more for I love love love Joni
This is one of her great records, along with Blue.
Wow, here's a side of JM that I've never heard before. A long way from Chelsea Morning. A long way from anything, perhaps. I think I like it.
This is where Joni jumped the rails for me. I just could not connect or listen to her any more. Sad. I have only the highest regard for her as probably the foremost female musician of her time. But her digressions and evolutions, dabblings and poetic jazz excursions just left me in the dust. Hejira; now there was a miraculous piece of work.
zipper wrote:
No, it isn't. It's because this song sucks. So, I'll leave this here to make me laugh the next time I open this tune to rate this steaming POS a 1.
Perfect!
This song really deserves a -10. Awful, steaming pile of...well you know.
I've always been a fan of Joni Mitchell, but I remember how this album (yep, in vinyl) disappointed me. Guess I like her mellow, broken-hearted female tunes the best.
algrif wrote:
The problem is that most people think this album is a low point in her career. It's more a comment about that than a comment about the merits of the song in itself.
No, it isn't. It's because this song sucks. So, I'll leave this here to make myself laugh the next time I open this tune to rate this steaming POS a 1.
RosedaleAnnie wrote:
Joni is genuis. This may not be as palatable as her earlier work, but it's still great to hear.
:yes:
I've never ever heard a Joni song that I cared for. Until now. I'm going with a 7.
Thanx Bill, where else ? :music: Only at Radio Paradise! :jump:
I'm an avid Joni fan, and this is a great album...but this is one of my least favorite songs, I always skip over it when I am playing the CD. Harry's Centerpiece would have been a better choice.
BikeCoachDave wrote:
I have never seen a song get a lower rating. Is this the lowest ever played on R.P.?
The problem is that most people think this album is a low point in her career. It's more a comment about that than a comment about the merits of the song in itself.
The Hissing of Summer Lawns broke new ground for Joni and her fans and the Jungle Line holds a special place in my mind and heart :music: She's the best!
I have never seen a song get a lower rating. Is this the lowest ever played on R.P.?
dadsays wrote:
Bill keep playing it, keep playing it. Joni is great, surprising, beautiful, unexpected... all the things that make for a piece of music that makes me glad to be alive.
Amen, Amen Bill can you please play Edith and the Kingin........ Thanks :good-vibes:
By the end of the song, I loved it! But it's hard to like at first...Now about the crap the Doors did! Sucko Barfo!
Bill keep playing it, keep playing it. Joni is great, surprising, beautiful, unexpected... all the things that make for a piece of music that makes me glad to be alive.
My favorite album from this period of hers - and I can't imagine the album without this piece in it. The lyrics are too cool.
I'm with you (this time) Bill. I love it. Now, about all those Béla Fleck songs...
:puke: :puke: :puke: :puke:
lol@ bringing the rating up with a 5 vote... i quite like the music, but the vocals don't quite "fit" IMO.
I was gonna say, Bjork was a kid wearing swan garananimals when this came out probably, so I dont think Joni was copying her. Bill just confirmed this came out in the 70s. Nice jungle theme. The sound affects made me think of a video game on this first listen.
Yeah sure, I can dig it.
Joni is genuis. This may not be as palatable as her earlier work, but it's still great to hear.
Cool , different, not the typical Joni. But I like it.
zipper wrote:
it's steaming alright. :headache: i need a lower than 1 rating.
:nyah: It's greatly mis-understood... I think it's a classic! (It's sorta like buttermilk... you either really like it or you don't!)
Bill, you can retire ALL Joni for all I'd care :D
Not Joni at her best, but she is always willing to try different sounds. So talented.
The weakest track on what I feel is Joni's best album. "Edith & The Kingpin" would be nice; some tasty guitar (from Pat Metheny?).
Sheesh, this is an insult to Joni - she deserves way higher than this.