Joni Mitchell: The Circle Game

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The Circle Game

Yesterday a child came out to wonder
Caught a dragonfly inside a jar
Fearful when the sky was full of thunder
And tearful at the falling of a star

CHORUS: And the seaons, they go round and round
And the painted ponies go up and down
They're captive on the carousel of time
We can't return, we can only look behind from where we came
And go round and round and round in the circle game

Then the child grew ten times 'round the seasons
Skated over ten clear frozen streams
Words like "when you're older" must appease him
And promises of "someday" make his dreams

CHORUS: And the seasons, they go round and round And the painted ponies go up and down
We're captive on the carousel of time
We can't return, we can only look behind from where we came
And go round and round and round in the circle game

Sixteen springs and sixteen summers gone now
Cartwheels turn to car wheels through the town
And they tell him, "Take your time, it won't be long now."
'Til you drag your feet to slow the circles down

CHORUS: And the seasons, they go round and round And the painted ponies go up and down
We're captive on the carousel of time
We can't return, we can only look behind from where we came
And go round and round and round in the circle game

So the years spin by and now the boy is 20
Though his dreams have lost some grandeur coming true
There'll be new dreams, maybe better dreams and plenty
Before the last revolvling year is through

CHORUS: And the seasons, they go round and round And the painted ponies go up and down
We're captive on the carousel of time
We can't return, we can only look behind from where we came
And go round and round and round in the circle game
And go round and round and round in the circle game




songwriter: Joni Mitchell

performed by: Joni Mitchell

date released; 1970 by Joni Mitchell for her album 'Ladies of the Canyon'






The Circle Game

Yesterday a child came out to wonder
Caught a dragonfly inside a jar
Fearful when the sky was full of thunder
And tearful at the falling of a star

CHORUS: And the seaons, they go round and round
And the painted ponies go up and down
They're captive on the carousel of time
We can't return, we can only look behind from where we came
And go round and round and round in the circle game

Then the child grew ten times 'round the seasons
Skated over ten clear frozen streams
Words like "when you're older" must appease him
And promises of "someday" make his dreams

CHORUS: And the seasons, they go round and round And the painted ponies go up and down
We're captive on the carousel of time
We can't return, we can only look behind from where we came
And go round and round and round in the circle game

Sixteen springs and sixteen summers gone now
Cartwheels turn to car wheels through the town
And they tell him, "Take your time, it won't be long now."
'Til you drag your feet to slow the circles down

CHORUS: And the seasons, they go round and round And the painted ponies go up and down
We're captive on the carousel of time
We can't return, we can only look behind from where we came
And go round and round and round in the circle game

So the years spin by and now the boy is 20
Though his dreams have lost some grandeur coming true
There'll be new dreams, maybe better dreams and plenty
Before the last revolvling year is through

CHORUS: And the seasons, they go round and round And the painted ponies go up and down
We're captive on the carousel of time
We can't return, we can only look behind from where we came
And go round and round and round in the circle game
And go round and round and round in the circle game




songwriter: Joni Mitchell

performed by: Joni Mitchell

date released; 1970 by Joni Mitchell for her album 'Ladies of the Canyon'






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Quiz #: 2786
Joni Mitchell found fame as a songwriter for artists such as Tom Rush and Buffy Sainte-Marie. She recorded her early songs after other artists had made hits of them.
Quiz by: Sharon Michiko Yoneda
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