Counting Crows/Joni Mitchell: Big Yellow Taxi

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Big Yellow Taxi

They paved paradise and put up a parking lot
with a pink hotel, a boutique and a swinging hot spot

CHORUS: Don't it always seem to go
that you don't know what you got til it's gone
They paved paradise, put up a parking lot

They took all the trees, put them in a tree museum
And they charge the people a dollar and a half to see them

CHORUS: Now, now, now
Don't it always seem to go that you don't know what you've got til it's gone
They paved paradise, put up a parking lot

Hey, farmer, farmer, put any the DDT
I don't care about the spots on my apples, but leave me the birds and the bees---please!

CHORUS: Don't it always seem to go
That you don't know what you've got til it's gone They paved paradise, put up a parking lot
Hey now they paved paradise to put up a parking lot

Listen last night, I heard the screen door slam
And a big, yellow taxi took my girl away

CHORUS: Now don't it always seem to go that you don't know what you've got til it's gone
They paved paradise, put up a parking lot
Hey, now, now, don't it always seem to go that you don't know what you've got til it's gone
They paved paradise; they put up a parking lot They paved paradise to put up a parking lot
Hey, hey, hey, they paved paradise to put up a parking lot

I don't wanna give it.
Why you wanna give it?
Why you wanna giving it all away?
Hey, hey, hey, now you wanna give it
I should wanna give it
'Cause you're giving it all away
No, no

CHORUS: I said don't it always seem to go
you don't know what you've got til it's gone
They paved paradise to put up a parking lot
Paved paradise to put up a parking lot

I don't wanna give it
Why you wanna give it?
Why you wanna give it all away?
Hey, hey, hey...now you wanna give it
I should wanna give it
'Cause you're giving it all away
No, no

I don't wanna give it
Why you wanna give it?
Why you wanna give it all away?
Cause you're giving it all,
giving it all, giving it all away, yeah, yeah
Why you want it?
Why do you want it?
'Cause you're giving it all away
Hey, hey, hey. la, la,la....

They paved paradise to put up a parking lot







songwriter: Joni Mitchell

performed by: The Counting Crows

date released: 1970 by Joni Mitchell

Roberta Joan Anderson, better known as Joni Mitchell, was born in Fort McLeod, Alberta in 1943. Her mother was a teacher and her father, an officer of the Royal Canadian Air Force. She was eleven when her family moved to Saskatchewan which Mitchell regards as her home province.

At the age of nine, Mitchell contracted polio, and in her long hours of convalescence, she developed an interest in singing. Her first remembrance of performing in public was singing Christmas carols very loudly in the hospital ward to irritate the boy beside her.

As a teenager, Mitchell taught herself to play the ukelele and the guitars. These skills led her to play in coffeehouses and other venues in Saskatoon, and eventually to busk in the big city of Toronto.

Joni Mitchell achieved mainstream success during the years of 1970-1974 with her release of albums containing hits such as 'Big Yellow Taxi' and 'The Circle Game'. During a trip to Hawaii, Mitchell was surprised to see that America's tropical paradise state---particularly Honolulu---looked like any other city in the U.S. Her observation inspired her to write "Big Yellow Taxi", a lament on how paved over the paradise had become with parking lots and other concrete constructs.

From this early start in folk music, Mitchell went on to expand her talent into the genres of rock, jazz and the visual arts. Most recently, jazz luminary, Herbie Hancock released a CD called, 'River: The Joni Letters' as a tribute to Joni Mitchell.

Many platinum albums, awards and accolades later, Joni Mitchell was inducted into The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1997. In 2002, she received the prestigious Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award which celebrated her as "as one of the most important female recording artists of the rock era."

In Canada, Joni Mitchell was inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame in 1981 and received a star in Canada's Walk of Fame in 2001. Her greatest honour in the country of her birth was being appointed a Companion of the Order of Canada in 2002 which is Canada's highest civilian honour.

























Big Yellow Taxi

They paved paradise and put up a parking lot
with a pink hotel, a boutique and a swinging hot spot

CHORUS: Don't it always seem to go
that you don't know what you got til it's gone
They paved paradise, put up a parking lot

They took all the trees, put them in a tree museum
And they charge the people a dollar and a half to see them

CHORUS: Now, now, now
Don't it always seem to go that you don't know what you've got til it's gone
They paved paradise, put up a parking lot

Hey, farmer, farmer, put any the DDT
I don't care about the spots on my apples, but leave me the birds and the bees---please!

CHORUS: Don't it always seem to go
That you don't know what you've got til it's gone They paved paradise, put up a parking lot
Hey now they paved paradise to put up a parking lot

Listen last night, I heard the screen door slam
And a big, yellow taxi took my girl away

CHORUS: Now don't it always seem to go that you don't know what you've got til it's gone
They paved paradise, put up a parking lot
Hey, now, now, don't it always seem to go that you don't know what you've got til it's gone
They paved paradise; they put up a parking lot They paved paradise to put up a parking lot
Hey, hey, hey, they paved paradise to put up a parking lot

I don't wanna give it.
Why you wanna give it?
Why you wanna giving it all away?
Hey, hey, hey, now you wanna give it
I should wanna give it
'Cause you're giving it all away
No, no

CHORUS: I said don't it always seem to go
you don't know what you've got til it's gone
They paved paradise to put up a parking lot
Paved paradise to put up a parking lot

I don't wanna give it
Why you wanna give it?
Why you wanna give it all away?
Hey, hey, hey...now you wanna give it
I should wanna give it
'Cause you're giving it all away
No, no

I don't wanna give it
Why you wanna give it?
Why you wanna give it all away?
Cause you're giving it all,
giving it all, giving it all away, yeah, yeah
Why you want it?
Why do you want it?
'Cause you're giving it all away
Hey, hey, hey. la, la,la....

They paved paradise to put up a parking lot







songwriter: Joni Mitchell

performed by: The Counting Crows

date released: 1970 by Joni Mitchell

Roberta Joan Anderson, better known as Joni Mitchell, was born in Fort McLeod, Alberta in 1943. Her mother was a teacher and her father, an officer of the Royal Canadian Air Force. She was eleven when her family moved to Saskatchewan which Mitchell regards as her home province.

At the age of nine, Mitchell contracted polio, and in her long hours of convalescence, she developed an interest in singing. Her first remembrance of performing in public was singing Christmas carols very loudly in the hospital ward to irritate the boy beside her.

As a teenager, Mitchell taught herself to play the ukelele and the guitars. These skills led her to play in coffeehouses and other venues in Saskatoon, and eventually to busk in the big city of Toronto.

Joni Mitchell achieved mainstream success during the years of 1970-1974 with her release of albums containing hits such as 'Big Yellow Taxi' and 'The Circle Game'. During a trip to Hawaii, Mitchell was surprised to see that America's tropical paradise state---particularly Honolulu---looked like any other city in the U.S. Her observation inspired her to write "Big Yellow Taxi", a lament on how paved over the paradise had become with parking lots and other concrete constructs.

From this early start in folk music, Mitchell went on to expand her talent into the genres of rock, jazz and the visual arts. Most recently, jazz luminary, Herbie Hancock released a CD called, 'River: The Joni Letters' as a tribute to Joni Mitchell.

Many platinum albums, awards and accolades later, Joni Mitchell was inducted into The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1997. In 2002, she received the prestigious Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award which celebrated her as "as one of the most important female recording artists of the rock era."

In Canada, Joni Mitchell was inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame in 1981 and received a star in Canada's Walk of Fame in 2001. Her greatest honour in the country of her birth was being appointed a Companion of the Order of Canada in 2002 which is Canada's highest civilian honour.

























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Quiz #: 2572
Joni Mitchell looked out of her hotel room to see the paradise city of Honolulu paved over like any other American city and she had something to say about it!
Quiz by: Sharon Michiko Yoneda
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