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Wed 05 Nov 2003
Big Yellow Taxi
Category : world
Just realised what the lyrics of this Joni Mitchell song says,
"They paved paradise
And put up a parking lot
With a pink hotel, a boutique
And a swinging hot spot"
..."They took all the trees
Put 'em in a tree museum
And they charged the people
A dollar and a half just to see 'em"
"Don't it always seem to go
That you don't know what you've got
Till it's gone
They paved paradise
And put up a parking lot".
According to the Joni Mitchell site, in an interview in the 70's, the singer revealed when in Hawaii for the first time, she was enjoying the view out the hotel window of the blue Pacific Ocean and palm trees swaying in the breeze. Looking down she saw an ugly concrete hotel car park and thought, "They paved paradise and put up a parking lot".
The Joni Mitchell site is the same that helped her long-lost daughter find her.
This Canadian artist was striken by polio at age nine and began her music career singing to other patients!
The version I had been hearing this year was one by Counting Crows, featuring Vanessa Carlton.