Joni Mitchell — For The Roses
Album: For The Roses
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6.9

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Released: 1972
Length: 3:42
Plays (last 30 days): 1
I heard it in the wind last night
It sounded like applause
Did you get a round resounding for you
Way up here
It seems like many dim years ago
Since I heard that face to face
Or seen you face to face
Though tonight I can feel you here
I get these notes
On butterflies and lilac sprays
From girls who just have to tell me
They saw you somewhere

In some office sits a poet
And he trembles as he sings
And he asks some guy
To circulate his soul around
On your mark red ribbon runner
The caressing rev of motors
Finely tuned like fancy women
In thirties evening gowns
Up the charts
Off to the airport
Your name's in the news
Everything's first class
The lights go down
And it's just you up there
Getting them to feel like that

Remember the days when you used to sit
And make up your tunes for love
And pour your simple sorrow
To the soundhole and your knee
And now you're seen
On giant screens
And at parties for the press
And for people who have slices of you
From the company
They toss around your latest golden egg
Speculation well who's to know
If the next one in the nest
Will glitter for them so

I guess I seem ungrateful
With my teeth sunk in the hand
That brings me things
I really can't give up just yet
Now I sit up here the critic
And they introduce some band
But they seem so much confetti
Looking at them on my TV set
Oh the power and the glory
Just when you're getting a taste for worship
They start bringing out the hammers
And the boards
And the nails

I heard it in the wind last night
It sounded like applause
Chilly now
End of summer
No more shiny hot nights
It was just the arbutus rustling
And the bumping of the logs
And the moon swept down black water
Like an empty spotlight
Comments (111)add comment
 membeth wrote:
More Joni, please!
 
Anything but Joni...please.
More Joni, please!
{#Notworthy} {#Hearteyes}

I'd ditto BBoyes' post, but it's already been done. 
 BBoyes wrote:
Joni is a true treasure. I had a huge crush on her when I was 18, and about 15 years younger than her. I love her music in part because her tunings and melodies are so unconventional: never three-chord repitition. Truly original. And her voice: celestial and so effortless. Lyrics that make me close my eyes and listen (not while driving...). I can listen to her songs over and over and they never get monotonous. Here phrasing and enunciation are flawless.

Gorgeous! 

"And the moon swept down black water like an empty spotlight" 

Thanks, Bill. 

 
Thanks BBoyes - my words and experiences uncannily similar. Love this song and the memories it stirs.
Exquisite 
Thank you  
PSD to the rescue.  
Always lovely to hear her unique authentic voice and composition.

Did you know that the photograph on this album was taken at Mathews Point on Galiano Island, overlooking Active Pass (Sqthaqa'lh). If you have ever sailed (by ferry or otherwise) between Vancouver and Victoria (on Vancouver Island), you have travelled past this location.

All of these place names, of course, are from the Spanish and English colonial powers that recently settled this traditional Lekwungen and Hul’q’umi’num’ area of the Salish Sea. 


Gosh - what is with all the Joni Mitchell Bill has been playing recently - he is on a Joni "kick?!"  A bit much for my taste.... {#Eh}
class act
Joni is a true treasure. I had a huge crush on her when I was 18, and about 15 years younger than her. I love her music in part because her tunings and melodies are so unconventional: never three-chord repitition. Truly original. And her voice: celestial and so effortless. Lyrics that make me close my eyes and listen (not while driving...). I can listen to her songs over and over and they never get monotonous. Here phrasing and enunciation are flawless.

Gorgeous! 

"And the moon swept down black water like an empty spotlight" 

Thanks, Bill. 
Nice song but seems to me rather boring after this very last hour three gems broadcasted
an obvious 10
For John.  With the undying love of a baby sister.  I hope you are at peace.
Dead boring.Would have to be stoned out of my brain to get off on that .Sorry Bill.
 zubeneschamli wrote:
Great artist, great album, great voice, great song, great lyrics, great playing. This is what a rating of 10 is for. 

 
....... totally agree with the above so for me it's G O D L I K E
Great artist, great album, great voice, great song, great lyrics, great playing. This is what a rating of 10 is for. 
 Rick_V wrote:

Folk Joni.

Love me some Folk Joni or Fusion Joni or Jazz Joni or Pop Joni etc......


All good.  



I agree. Folk Joni.

Folk Joni.

Love me some Folk Joni or Fusion Joni or Jazz Joni or Pop Joni etc......


All good.  


I don't think I'm exaggerating when I say that she has one of the few voices I could happily listen to singing the phone book.
 dig wrote:
This is good... Right?
 
Yes, it is; VERY good, to be more precise.
So many years, so many times I've heard this song ... great song, great album, great singer.
 KevinM wrote:

She's annoying, Like fingernails on a chalkboard. That's all I have to say...

 
I disagree but respect your opinion. We all like what we like and dislike what we don't.
This album is where Joni starts to come into her greatness. All uphill for the next 8 years. 
Joni was sublime as she descended into her narcissism.
This is good... Right?
 coding_to_music wrote:

Yuppers
 
Double Yuppers!!     {#Daisy}
I agree wholeheartedly with post below {#Arrowd}
After all the years and her body of work, this remains my favorite song and album.  Chills.
 shelt wrote:
She's an angel.  Mesmerizing.  That's all I have to say...
 
She's annoying, Like fingernails on a chalkboard. That's all I have to say...
i am not familiar with this one. i really like it. a lot. it's lovely. i wonder if she wrote it (after reading the lyrics, i wonder this) for that man that she wrote  "free man in paris" for. record exec, right?
 shelt wrote:
She's an angel.  Mesmerizing.  That's all I have to say...
 
Yuppers
 Rooney wrote:
She's one of those singer-songwriters that have improved with age (if that's possible).  Listen to her cut "Dreamland" from Don Juan's Reckless Daughter.  Her versatility is amazing. 
 
That album is about 35-years-old - only about 5 years after this one.  She did continue to grow musically, though.



Not my favorite Joni song..I think she was giving James Taylor the boot at the time, but admire her courage to write the lyrics & then perform them.  Love her voice.
{#Heartkiss}
She's one of those singer-songwriters that have improved with age (if that's possible).  Listen to her cut "Dreamland" from Don Juan's Reckless Daughter.  Her versatility is amazing. 
Joni Mitchell always makes me feel like Bill the Cat from Bloom County. Ackpfft. Never liked her in the 70s and not now.
Desert island album for me...mesmerizing.
She's an angel.  Mesmerizing.  That's all I have to say...
Not one of my favourite Joni songs, but almost all the tracks from her first six studio albums score 8 to 10 in my book, though I'm not a great fan of her later work. Her songwriting skills seem unquestionable to me, though I can understand that some might not appreciate her voice (as for almost any songstress) , but I can't understand some of the hate comments below.
I cannot hear what many find so good with this lady, especially her later work.
Beautiful song, beautiful voice. This album will always be in my collection
as few women have the writing abilities, voice or the panache that Joni does.

It's a sad day when I read that there is someone that can't appreciate Joni's music, especially her early years. Songs to Aging Children Come, I am one.
so so true, this one is just so true
 
Randomax wrote:
just when you get a taste of worship they start bringing out the hammer and the boards and the nails.........my god, that woman can write
 


ah to hear that again, thank you bill and rebecca for this place
Wonderful
Don't like
Awesome