SLS — Ladies of the Canyon — Miss Joni Mitchell

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ladies of the canyon

Jim Adams is the host of Song Lyric Sunday and is always inspiring with his introductions to the prompts. Jim says:

The prompt for this week is Harmony/Melody/Music, so let’s light it up, set it off, kick it into gear, let it rip, start jamming, let the dogs out, release the hounds and get the party started.

Here are the “rules”:

  • Post the lyrics to the song of your choice, whether it fits the theme or not.
  • Please try to include the songwriter(s) – it’s a good idea to give credit where credit is due.
  • Make sure you also credit the singer/band and if you desire you can provide a link to where you found the lyrics.
  • Link to the YouTube video, or pull it into your post so others can listen to the song.
  • Ping back to this post will eventually work, as long as you are being patient.
  • Read at least one other person’s blog, so we can all share new and fantastic music and create amazing new blogging friends in the process.
  • Feel free to suggest future prompts.
  • Have fun and enjoy the music.

When I think of heavenly harmony that lilts along like a warm summer breeze, a song that comes to mind is Joni Mitchell’s, “Ladies of the Canyon.”

per wikipedia: Ladies of the Canyon is the third studio album by Canadian singer-songwriter Joni Mitchell, released in 1970. The title makes reference to Laurel Canyon, a centre of popular music culture in Los Angeles during the 1960s. Ladies of the Canyon is often viewed as a transition between Mitchell’s folky earlier work and the more sophisticated, poignant albums that were to follow. The sparse, alternate-tuning laden sound of later records comes to the forefront on “Ladies of the Canyon” (one of those “ladies” supposedly being female underground comix pioneer Trina Robbins). “Ladies of the Canyon”… features densely stacked, wordless harmony overdubs, [found elsewhere: the “multi-tracked Mitchell” is listed as The Saskatunes in the song credits for the chorus.]

Trina wears her wampum beads
She fills her drawing book with line
Sewing lace on widows’ weeds
And filigree on leaf and vine
Vine and leaf are filigree
And her coat’s a secondhand one
Trimmed with antique luxury
She is a lady of the canyon

Annie sits you down to eat
She always makes you welcome in
Cats and babies ’round her feet
And all are fat and none are thin
None are thin and all are fat
She may bake some brownies today
Saying, you are welcome back
She is another canyon lady

Estrella circus girl
Comes wrapped in songs and gypsy shawls
Songs like tiny hammers hurled
At beveled mirrors in empty halls
Empty halls and beveled mirrors
Sailing seas and climbing banyans
Come out for a visit here
To be a lady of the canyon

Trina takes her paints and her threads
And she weaves a pattern all her own
Annie bakes her cakes and her breads
And she gathers flowers for her home
For her home she gathers flowers
And Estrella, dear companion
Colors up the sunshine hours
Pouring music down the canyon-
Coloring the sunshine hours
They are the ladies of the canyon

Songwriters: Joni Mitchell, Baritone Saxophone: Jim Horn, Cello: Teresa Adams, Chorus: The Sasaktunes (The Saskatunes in actuality a multi-tracked Mitchell.),  Clarinet, Flute: Paul Horn, Engineer: Henry Lewy, Guitar, Piano, Producer, Vocals: Joni Mitchell, Percussion: Milt Holland, Arranger, Lyricist: Joni Mitchell

16 Comments Add yours

  1. Good one Li. The Mamas & Papas, Janis Joplin and Jim Morrison lived in Laurel Canyon and a lot of good music was written there by Joni Mitchell, Neil Young, David Crosby, Stephen Stills, Graham Nash, Chris Hillman, Roger McGuinn, J. D. Souther, Carole King and the Eagles.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thanks Jim, it must be a beautiful place.

      Liked by 1 person

  2. willowdot21 says:

    Joni Mitchell you can’t beat her.💜

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  3. Mary B says:

    Joni Mitchell had such a beautiful voice. Nice choice for today.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. msjadeli says:

      She’s still singing!


  4. “Ladies Of The Canyon” is a great song and a great album. Do you really have a copy on a reel-to-reel tape?!?

    Liked by 1 person

    1. msjadeli says:

      No, I wish! It’s just a graphic I grabbed off of google. I do have a CD of it as part of a box set though.

      Liked by 1 person

  5. Great choice. Thanks for the reminder.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. msjadeli says:

      Thank you. You are welcome.

      Liked by 1 person

  6. Oh I love this Lisa!!! 💕🙂 Beautiful She sounds like an angel.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. msjadeli says:

      Glad you enjoyed her song. Yes she does doesn’t she ❤

      Liked by 1 person

  7. badfinger20 says:

    Her voice has no limiter… thats not the right word but it just goes where it wants and hits the spot.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. msjadeli says:

      Yes she is in a class by herself, voice and all of her other artistic talents.


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