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Coloring Club Plus — 2/15/19

Feb 15

Feb 15a

Wikipedia says: Recorded and released in 1971, “Blue” is the fourth studio album by Canadian singer-songwriter Joni Mitchell. Exploring the various facets of relationships from infatuation on “A Case of You” to insecurity on “This Flight Tonight”, the songs feature simple accompaniments on piano, guitar and Appalachian dulcimer. The album peaked at number 3 on the UK Albums Chart and number 15 on the Blllboard 200. Today, Blue is generally regarded by music critics as one of the greatest albums of all time; Mitchell’s songwriting and compositions are frequent areas of praise. In January 2000, The New York Times chose Blue as one of the 25 albums that represented “turning points and pinnacles in 20th-century popular music”. In 2012, Blue was rated the 30th best album ever made in Rolling Stone’s list of the “500 Greatest Albums of All Time”, the highest entry by a female artist.

My Old Man” is thought to have been inspired by Joni’s relationship with Graham Nash. Interestingly, the song writers are listed as someone other than Joni at wiki, but badfinger20 pointed out that Joni is the songwriter at her website, so until someone proves it to me otherwise, Joni is the songwriter.

The sentimental connections to this song go back to my first serious boyfriend, in 1976. We were both free spirits and this song fit our relationship very well.  

My old man he’s a singer in the park
He’s a walker in the rain
He’s a dancer in the dark
We don’t need no piece of paper from the city hall
Keeping us tied and true no, my old man
Keeping away my blues

He’s my sunshine in the morning
He’s my fireworks at the end of the day
He’s the warmest chord I ever heard
Play that warm chord, play and stay baby
We don’t need no piece of paper from the city hall
Keeping us tied and true, my old man
Keeping away my blues

But when he’s gone
Me and them lonesome blues collide
The bed’s too big
The frying pan’s too wide

Then he comes home
And he takes me in his loving arms
And he tells me all his troubles
And he tells me all my charms
We don’t need no piece of paper from the city hall
Keeping us tied and true no, my old man
Keeping away my blues

But when he’s gone
Me and them lonesome blues collide
The bed’s too big
The frying pan’s too wide

My old man he’s a singer in the park
He’s a walker in the rain
He’s a dancer in the dark
We don’t need no piece of paper from the city hall
Keeping us tied and true no, my old man
Keeping away my lonesome blues

16 thoughts on “Coloring Club Plus — 2/15/19

  1. I wasn’t trying to point out anything wrong… but when you mentioned it in the post…I got curious. I thought…that sounded to much like she wrote it.

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