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From her new CD Archives, vol 1. Performed at the CFQC AM Radio Station in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada in 1963 – the earliest known recording of Joni Mitchell:

Her first original song:

Playlist of her entire album Court and Spark:

Joni with Pat Metheny (guitar), Jaco Pastorius (bass), Michael Brecker (tenor sax), Lyle Mays (keyboards), and Don Alias (drums):


IMHO her 2 best albums:

Playlist of the entire album Hejira:

Taken from Joni’s DVD Refuge of the Roads:

Playlist of the entire album Blue:


Live performance of the above album:

THE MAGDALENE LAUNDRIES

I was an unmarried girl
I'd just turned twenty-seven
When they sent me to the sisters
For the way men looked at me
Branded as a jezebel
I knew I was not bound for Heaven
I'd be cast in shame
Into the Magdalene laundries 

Most girls come here pregnant
Some by their own fathers
Bridget got that belly
By her parish priest
We're trying to get things white as snow
All of us woe-begotten-daughters
In the steaming stains
Of the Magdalene laundries

Prostitutes and destitutes
And temptresses like me
Fallen women
Sentenced into dreamless drudgery
Why do they call this heartless place
Our Lady of Charity?
Oh charity!

These bloodless brides of Jesus
If they had just once glimpsed their groom
Then they'd know and they'd drop the stones
Concealed behind their rosaries
They wilt the grass they walk upon
They leech the light out of a room
They'd like to drive us down the drain
At the Magdalene laundries

Peg O'Connell died today
She was a cheeky girl
A flirt
They just stuffed her in a hole!
Surely to God you'd think at least some bells should ring!
One day I'm going to die here too
And they'll plant me in the dirt
Like some lame bulb 
That never blooms come any spring
Not any spring
No, not any spring 
Not any spring

by Joni Mitchell

Joni Mitchell performing “Black Crow” in 1998. Featuring Brian Blade on drums, Larry Klein on bass, Mark Isham on trumpet and Greg Leisz on lap steel guitar:

Black Crow

There's a crow flying
Black and ragged
Tree to tree
He's black as the highway that's leading me
Now he's diving down
To pick up on something shiny
I feel like that black crow
Flying
In a blue sky

I took a ferry to the highway
Then I drove to a pontoon plane
I took a plane to a taxi
And a taxi to a train
I've been traveling so long
How'm I ever going to know my home
When I see it again
I'm like a black crow flying
In a blue blue sky

In search of love and music
My whole life has been
Illumination
Corruption
And diving diving diving diving
Diving down to pick up on every shiny thing
Just like that black crow flying
In a blue sky

I looked at the morning
After being up all night
I looked at my haggard face in the bathroom light
I looked out the window
And I saw that ragged soul take flight
I saw a back crow flying
In a blue sky
Oh I'm like a black crow flying
In a blue sky

by Joni Mitchell; ©1976; Crazy Crow Music

A tribute to Joni by trumpeter & composer Mark Isham:

BANQUET

Come to the dinner gong
The table is laden high
Fat bellies and hungry little ones
Tuck your napkins in
And take your share
Some get the gravy
And some get the gristle
Some get the marrow bone
And some get nothing
Though there's plenty to spare

I took my share down by the sea
Paper plates and javex bottles on the tide
Seagulls come down
And they squawk at me
Down where the water-skiers glide
Some turn to Jesus
And some turn to heroin
Some turn to rambling 'round
Looking for a clean sky
And a drinking stream
Some watch the paint peel off
Some watch their kids grow up
Some watch their stocks and bonds
Waiting for that big deal
American dream

I took my dream down by the sea
Yankee yachts and lobster pots and sunshine
And logs and sails
And Shell Oil pails
Dogs and tugs and summertime
Back in the banquet line
Angry young people crying
Who let the greedy in
And who left the needy out
Who made this salty soup
Tell him we're very hungry now
For a sweeter fare
In the cookie I read
"some get the gravy
And some get the gristle
Some get the marrow bone
And some get nothing
Though there's plenty to spare"

by Joni Mitchell

A song from the album Mingus featuring tunes by Jazz master Charles Mingus and her own words:

From the same album as above, this song features electric bassist Jaco Pastorius:

Here she covers (and adapts) a Dylan song:

Filmed/ directed/ edited by Joni Mitchell | additional video post-production/ editing by sonicboy19:

Two versions of a Gershwin classic:

Cherokee Louise

Cherokee Louise is hiding in this tunnel
In the Broadway Bridge*
We're crawling on our knees
We've got flashlights and batteries
We've got cold cuts from the fridge

Last year about this time
We used to climb up in the branches
Just to sway there in some breeze
Now the cops on the street
They want Cherokee Louise

People like to talk
Tongues are waggin' over fences
Waggin' over phones
All their doors are locked
God she can't even come to our house
But I know where she'll go

To the place where you can stand
And press your hands like it was bubblebath
In dust piled high as me
Down under the street
My friend
Poor Cherokee Louise

Ever since we turned thirteen
It's like a minefield
Walking to the door
Going out you get the third degree
And comin' in you get the third world war

Tuesday after school
We put our pennies on the rails
And when the train went by
We were jumpin' round like fools
Goin' "Look no heads or tails"
Goin' "Look my lucky prize"

She runs home to her foster dad
He opens up a zipper
And he yanks her to her knees
Oh please be here please
My friend
Poor Cherokee Louise

Cherokee Louise is hiding in this tunnel
In the Broadway bridge
We're crawling on our knees
We've got Archie and Silver Screen
I know where she is

The place where you can stand
And press your hand like it was bubblebath
In dust piled high as me
Down under the street
My friend
Poor Cherokee Louise
Oh Cherokee Louise

by Joni Mitchell; ©1991; Crazy Crow Music

*“Broadway Bridge”: In the late 1920s, a consultant to the City of Saskatoon’s Planning Board recommended that “a downtown commercial area could be saved from becoming a slum by building a bridge linking Broadway Avenue to it”.

3 songs from her 1st beautiful orchestral CD Both Sides Now (released 2000) with Wayne Shorter, saxophone;  Chuck Berghofer, bass; Peter Erskine, drums; Mark Isham, trumpet; Herbie Hancock, piano.  Arranged for orchestra and conducted by Vince Mendoza:

A tribute to Joni by Brian Blade, jazz drummer:

Recorded with an orchestra, 20-voice choir, and key musicians such as Herbie Hancock and Wayne Shorter, Joni’s Travelogue presents stirring reinterpretations of some of Mitchell’s most significant songs: