Monday, September 21, 2009

Amelia, a beautiful song by Joni Mitchell

I was driving across the burning desert
When I spotted six jet planes
Leaving six white vapor trails across the bleak terrain
It was the hexagram of the heavens
It was the strings of my guitar
Amelia, it was just a false alarm

The drone of flying engines
Is a song so wild and blue
It scrambles time and seasons if it gets thru to you
Then your life becomes a travelogue
Of picture-post-card-charms
Amelia, it was just a false alarm

People will tell you where they've gone
They'll tell you where to go
But till you get there yourself you never really know
Where some have found their paradise
Others just come to harm
Oh Amelia, it was just a false alarm

I wish that he was here tonight
Its so hard to obey
His sad request of me to kindly stay away
So this is how I hide the hurt
As the road leads cursed and charmed
I tell Amelia, it was just a false alarm

A ghost of aviation
She was swallowed by the sky
Or by the sea, like me she had a dream to fly
Like Icarus ascending
On beautiful foolish arms
Amelia, it was just a false alarm

Maybe I've never really loved
I guess that is the truth
Ive spent my whole life in clouds at icy altitude
And looking down on everything
I crashed into his arms
Amelia, it was just a false alarm

I pulled into the cactus tree motel
To shower off the dust
And I slept on the strange pillows of my wanderlust
I dreamed of 747s
Over geometric farms
Dreams, Amelia, dreams and false alarms


Lyle Daggett said...

Joni Mitchell has been my favorite musician since I first listened to her when I was in high school. Her newest album at that time, the one I "discovered" her on, was "Ladies of the Canyon." That's the one that has her original version of "Woodstock" on it (has always been my favorite version of the song), also "Big Yellow Taxi," "Rainy Night Song," etc.

This video looks like it's from the tour she did in the early '80's, that became her live album Shadows and Light. I saw her during that tour, in St. Paul, with the doo-wop group The Persuasions doing warm-up and joining her for a couple of numbers. Just a stunning performance.

Pris said...

You were so lucky to see her perform, Lyle. I'm green:-)