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Joni Mitchell — Woodstock
Album: Miles of Aisles
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Released: 1974
Length: 4:05
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I came upon a child of God
He was walking along the road
And I asked him, where are you going
And this he told me...
I'm going on down to Yasgur's farm
I'm going to join in a rock 'n' roll band
I'm going to camp out on the land
I'm gonna try and get my soul free

We are stardust
We are golden
And we've got to get ourselves
Back to the garden

Then can I walk beside you
I have come here to lose the smog
And I feel to be a cog in something turning
Well maybe it is just the time of year
Or maybe it's the time of man
I don't know who l am
But ya know life is for learning

We are stardust
We are golden
And we've got to get ourselves
Back to the garden

We are stardust
We are golden
And we've got to get ourselves
Back to the garden

By the time we got to Woodstock
We were half a million strong
And everywhere there was song and celebration
And I dreamed I saw the bombers
Riding shotgun in the sky
And they were turning into butterflies
Above our nation

We are stardust
We are golden
And we've got to get ourselves
Back to the garden

We are stardust
Billion-year-old carbon
We are golden
Caught in the devil's bargain
And we've got to get ourselves
Back to the garden
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I dunno. I just don't like Joni Mitchell. I've heard plenty of her work, and it always just strikes me as supercheese. The first thing that comes to mind is some dark bar with vinyl barstools, the smell of cheap beer and stale peanuts, and a beaten-down jukebox cranking out Joni's brand of jazz-o-lounger music. Like she's trying for the kind of cool hipness you find in a close-quarters brick basement club and instead gets hay on the floor and Milwaukee's Best. Oh well. :neutral:
Dated. But I've always preferred Joni's version to the more popular take on this song.
fjordless wrote:
Wow. Two pieces of crap in a row. This might be a record.
That's not true. The person who posted before you seemed pretty cool actually.
I've been waiting for some Joni!!! thank you!
Wow. Two pieces of crap in a row. This might be a record.
:notworthy:
from Michael Hedges to Joni. I've been needing a fix of groovy! A little bit of escapism in this crazy world is okay I think! We need to refresh and rejuvinate and listen to the music play more often.
rmurray248 wrote:
Joni just can't sing.
I must conclude that you don't know what singing is. This was extraordinary!
I'm wondering how people who associate themselves predominantly with very different sounding music - like rap, techno, current pop, House, jazz, New Music, classical, etc. - feel about Joni Mitchell's music and voice?
I like this much better than the original. This lady keeps on...
KevinM wrote:
The original is bad enough, now the cover is even worse.
THE ABOVE QUOTE IS FROM A SUPERTRAMP FAN, GO FIGURE!
Joni funks up her original version but its still groovy....
... This is a truly wonderful song about a time and a place in Rock'n'Roll History, even if Joni couldn't quite make the gig herself she certainly made up for it with this definative mizterpiece...
Originally Posted by KevinM: The original is bad enough, now the cover is even worse.
Actually this IS the original. Or more precisely, a cover of herself -- this song was written by Joni Mitchell, not CSNY.
Performance Lesson 101 - Here\'s how to take some cool lyrics, a good groove and interesting melody and add some truly lousy vocals. Joni just can\'t sing. \"Everybody was singing and dancing and having fun\" has to be one of the worst improvisations I\'ve ever heard.
The original is bad enough, now the cover is even worse.
ditto to DB\'s comment!