Joni Mitchell/A Perfect Circle: The Fiddle and the Drum

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The Fiddle and the Drum

And so once again, my dear Johnny, my dear friend
And so once again, you are fighting us all
And when I ask you why
You raise your sticks and cry, and I fall

Oh my friend, how did you come to trade the fiddle for the drum?
You say I have turned like the enemies you've earned
But I can remember all the good things you are
And so I ask you please, can I help you find the peace and the star?
Oh my friend. What time is this to trade the handshake for the fist?

CHORUS: And so once again, O America, my friend And so once again you are fighting us all
And when we ask you why
You raise your sticks and cry and we fall

Oh my friend, how did you come, to trade the fiddle for the drum?
You say we have turned, like the enemies you've earned
But we can remember all the good things you are
And so we ask you please, can we help you find the peace and the star?
Oh my friend, we have all come, to fear the beating of your drum









songwriter: Joni Mitchell

performed by: A Perfect Circle

date released: 1969 by Joni Mitchell; 2004 by A Perfect Circle

"The Fiddle and the Drum" is a rare foray into politics for songwriter, Joni Mitchell. The lyrics indict America for fighting an unpopular war in Viet Nam. Without naming the Indo-China conflict directly, she questions why the United States has traded the fiddle of peaceful joy for the drum which sends soldiers off to war. Mitchell's song is interpreted by A Perfect Circle which is a super rockgroup from Bell Gardens, California. It's hard to believe that lyrics written in 1969 are just as relevant today. "The Perfect Circle" are the appropriate chansonniers for Mitchell's song.

This sleeper single is from her popular album, "Clouds" which contained the smash hit "Both Sides Now." It won the Grammy Award in 1970 for Best Folk Album.

The Alberta Ballet entitled "Dancing Joni and Other Work" incorporates "The Fiddle and the Drum" in their repertoire.











The Fiddle and the Drum

And so once again, my dear Johnny, my dear friend
And so once again, you are fighting us all
And when I ask you why
You raise your sticks and cry, and I fall

Oh my friend, how did you come to trade the fiddle for the drum?
You say I have turned like the enemies you've earned
But I can remember all the good things you are
And so I ask you please, can I help you find the peace and the star?
Oh my friend. What time is this to trade the handshake for the fist?

CHORUS: And so once again, O America, my friend And so once again you are fighting us all
And when we ask you why
You raise your sticks and cry and we fall

Oh my friend, how did you come, to trade the fiddle for the drum?
You say we have turned, like the enemies you've earned
But we can remember all the good things you are
And so we ask you please, can we help you find the peace and the star?
Oh my friend, we have all come, to fear the beating of your drum









songwriter: Joni Mitchell

performed by: A Perfect Circle

date released: 1969 by Joni Mitchell; 2004 by A Perfect Circle

"The Fiddle and the Drum" is a rare foray into politics for songwriter, Joni Mitchell. The lyrics indict America for fighting an unpopular war in Viet Nam. Without naming the Indo-China conflict directly, she questions why the United States has traded the fiddle of peaceful joy for the drum which sends soldiers off to war. Mitchell's song is interpreted by A Perfect Circle which is a super rockgroup from Bell Gardens, California. It's hard to believe that lyrics written in 1969 are just as relevant today. "The Perfect Circle" are the appropriate chansonniers for Mitchell's song.

This sleeper single is from her popular album, "Clouds" which contained the smash hit "Both Sides Now." It won the Grammy Award in 1970 for Best Folk Album.

The Alberta Ballet entitled "Dancing Joni and Other Work" incorporates "The Fiddle and the Drum" in their repertoire.











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Quiz #: 3688
History repeats itself like the perfect circle, so sayeth Joni Mitchell. Countries are at war again, so what else is new?
Quiz by: Sharon Michiko Yoneda
High Intermediate

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