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Sunday, April 08, 2007

Playing real good for free (Joni Mitchell)

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 the velvet curtain calls.
I got a black limosine and a few gentlemen
escorting me to these 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 stopped to hear him,
though he played so sweet and high.
They knew he had never been on their TV
so they passed his good music by.
I meant to go over and ask for a song,
maybe put on a harmony.
I heard his refrain as that signal changed,
he was still playing real good for free.

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3 Comments:

At 6:38 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Great post!

 
At 9:52 PM, Anonymous oneken/unokhan said...

ju see this? i thought of joni's piece...

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/04/04/AR2007040401721.html

 
At 2:26 PM, Blogger Ken said...

...for all us shower singers, guitar strummers and amateur piano players who play real good... for free every day. Joni Michell is the goddess of the simple, beautiful lyric.... wish I could play the piano so freely as she does....

 

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