#SLS — “Cool Water,” by Joni Mitchell and Willie Nelson

Jim Adams is the cool host of Song Lyric Sunday.  Jim says:
This week we have temperature prompts of Cool/Freeze/Heat/Melt and hopefully this will fit for everyone. 

Here are the “rules”:
• Post the lyrics to the song of your choice, whether it fits the theme or not. If it does not fit, then please explain why you chose this song.
• 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 or place your link in the comments section below.
• 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.

 

 

Joni Mitchell, 1988, by Anton Corbijn. – Glamrock
Joni Mitchell, 1988, photo by Anton Corbijn of Glamrock

 

Who is Willie Nelson dating? Willie Nelson girlfriend, wife

Willie Nelson

 

This is an old song given a new, jazz spin to it. When I think of duets, I wouldn’t think of one between Joni Mitchell and Willie Nelson, but the song works and works well. 

Chalk Mark in a Rain Storm is the 13th studio album by Canadian singer and songwriter Joni Mitchell, released in 1988. The album was nominated for Best Pop Vocal Performance, Female at the 1989 Grammy Awards, but lost to Tracy Chapman’s “Fast Car”.

It was her third for Geffen Records. The album features various duets with guest artists such as Peter Gabriel on “My Secret Place,” Willie Nelson on “Cool Water”, Don Henley on “Snakes and Ladders”, Billy Idol and Tom Petty on the track “Dancin’ Clown”. Henley also performs backing vocals on “Lakota”, and Wendy and Lisa perform backing vocals on “The Tea Leaf Prophecy (Lay Down Your Arms.)”

per wikipedia:
“Cool Water” is a song written in 1936 by Bob Nolan. It is about a man and his mule, Dan, and a mirage in the desert. Members of the Western Writers of America chose it as No. 3 on the Top 100 Western songs of all time. It was first recorded by The Sons of the Pioneers on March 27, 1941 for Decca Records (catalog 5939) and this briefly charted in 1941 with a peak position of No.25. However, the best-selling recorded version was done by Vaughn Monroe and The Sons of the Pioneers in 1948. The recording was released by RCA Victor as catalog number 20-2923. The record was on the Billboard chart for 13 weeks beginning on August 6, 1948, peaking at No. 9. The Sons of the Pioneers also recorded the song without Monroe, again for RCA Victor.

 

All day I face the barren waste
Without a taste of water
Cool water
Old Dan and I
Our throats slate dry
Our spirits cry out for water
Cool clear water
Keep on movin’ Dan
Some devils had a plan
Buried poison in the sand
Don’t drink it man
It’s in the water
Cool clear water
In my mind I see
A big green tree
And a river flowin’ free
Waitin’ up ahead
For you and me
Cool clear water
The nights are cool and I’m a fool
Each star is a pool of water
Cool water
But come the dawn
We carry on
We won’t last long without water
Cool clear water
Keep on movin’ Dan
We’re still in no-man’s land
Dry bones and sand
People never planned here for water
Cool clear water
In my mind I see
A big green tree
And a river flowin’ free
Waiting up ahead for you and me
Cool clear water
The shadows sway
They seem to say
Tonight we pray for water
Cool water
And way up there
If you care
Please show us where
There’s good water
Cool clear water
Words and music by Bob Nolan
Revised lyrics by Joni Mitchell

42 Comments Add yours

  1. Love the song and I absolutely love that great photo of her! 🙂

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Yes I instantly loved the photo also. That whole album is a treat to listen to.

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  2. What a lovely duet although it seemed like the record skipped a few times. This song would also work for the upcoming July 12, 2020 prompt of Air/Earth/Fire/Water. I guess water would be the best thing to see if you are stuck in the desert.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Glad you enjoyed the tune, Jim.

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  3. John Holton says:

    I used to think Joni Mitchell was just another girl with a guitar, but she gets into some pretty experimental stuff.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Oh my, John, she’s a modern day daVinci of art and sound.

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  4. Lisa Coleman says:

    I thought about this song and then I thought about you. hehehe! My telepathy is in overdrive. hahaha! I would have done the Marty Robbins version, but since I just did a Marty Robbins tune a few weeks ago, I decided not to. It was great when I saw it this morning with this version. 🙂

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    1. msjadeli says:

      I’m pleased as punch by all you say here. Happy to have made you happy by the song.

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      1. Lisa Coleman says:

        I’m happy you made me happy and I knew you were going to do it. I began on another approach. 🙂 LOL!

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  5. aisasami says:

    I know of Willie and Joni but never really listen to them. But I do like Cool Water with the slow tempo, that dark introduction, and just Joni’s vocals. I am adding this to my playlist.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      So happy you enjoyed the song, Ai. It is a pretty one. I bet you’d like the whole album.

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  6. memadtwo says:

    Willie adds a special flavor to any collaboration. Great choice. (K)

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Well said, K. He does!

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  7. J-Dub says:

    I remember my parents having the Sons of the Pioneer version. This one is very zen. I’m all relaxed now. Thanks for sharing.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      J, it is a relaxing song. Glad you liked this cover. Cool that your folks had Sons… album.

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  8. Great Song, Lisa! Nice photo of Joni. Excellent choice, as always. 🙂

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Susan, so happy you liked the tune. Yes, my favorite Joni picture so far 🙂

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  9. ghostmmnc says:

    Very very nice … love the song. I’ve heard it before by others (can’t remember who) but sure is a good one. 🙂 These two in a duet sound really good.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Glad you like it. Their voices do mesh so well.

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  10. Irene says:

    I love Joni Mitchell, but did not know about this duet, really cool indeed!

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Glad you like it, Irene 🙂

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  11. willowdot21 says:

    I picked one of your favourite bands, you picked one of my favourite singer songwriters. Get us 💜💜

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    1. msjadeli says:

      For sure ❤ ❤

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  12. freefallin14 says:

    I did not even know that they did a duet together. It sounds really nice and smooth, Lisa.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Glad you like it, Ricky 🙂

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  13. selizabryangmailcom says:

    I love it!
    How are you doing, Ms. Jade?

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Doing well. Enjoying the warm sunny weather. Never enough hours in the day (and night) to get it all done. How are you doing, Stacey?

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  14. selizabryangmailcom says:

    That’s good to hear!
    It’s exactly the same with us. Nice weather, not enough time. But so far [KNOCK ON WOOD] staying healthy and actually not watching as many movies as I would like to, ha ha. It’s a good time to be creative, and you always pave the way down that road. Thanks for the inspiration. 🙂

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    1. msjadeli says:

      You are wonderful for saying such nice things ❤ Glad things are peachy in your world.

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  15. badfinger20 (Max) says:

    That is a pair I never thought I would hear together.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      That album has a lot of duets with unlikely pairings. She does one with Billy Idol also.

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      1. badfinger20 (Max) says:

        Billy Idol???? The world is upside down…wow

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          1. badfinger20 (Max) says:

            That is good but so odd at the same time. It works well though.

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  16. rothpoetry says:

    Love this song! I remember with the Sons of the Pioneers sang it! I must really be old!! LOL

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    1. msjadeli says:

      No comment, Dwight 😉 You’re as young as you feel!

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      1. rothpoetry says:

        Ha Ha! Then I am still 40!! Thank you!!

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  17. I remember this! Great song. Joni is timeless and Willie is…Willie! 😉

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Glad you remember it, Nesie 🙂

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