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  •  The lyrics of Joni Mitchell's "Amelia.... (7+ / 0-)

    ....could easily stand by themselves as poetry.

    I was driving across the burning desert
    When I spotted six jet planes
    Leaving six white vapor trails
    Across the bleak terrain
    It was the hexagram of the heavens
    It was the strings of my guitar
    Amelia, it was just a false alarm

    The drone of flying engines
    Is a song so wild and blue
    It scrambles time and seasons
    If it gets thru to you
    Then your life becomes a travelogue
    Of picture postcard charms
    Amelia, it was just a false alarm

    People will tell you where they've gone
    They'll tell you where to go
    But till you get there yourself
    You never really know
    Where some have found their paradise
    Others just come to harm
    Oh Amelia, it was just a false alarm

    I wish that he was here tonight
    It's so hard to obey
    His sad request of me
    To kindly stay away
    So this is how I hide the hurt
    As the road leads cursed and charmed
    I tell Amelia, it was just a false alarm

    A ghost of aviation
    She was swallowed by the sky
    Or by the sea, like me
    She had a dream to fly
    Like Icarus ascending
    On beautiful foolish arms
    Amelia, it was just a false alarm

    Maybe I've never really loved
    I guess that is the truth
    I've spent my whole life in clouds
    At icy altitudes
    And looking down on everything
    I crashed into his arms
    Amelia, it was just a false alarm

    I pulled into the Cactus Tree Motel
    To shower off the dust
    And I slept on the strange pillows
    Of my wanderlust
    I dreamed of 747s
    Over geometric farms
    Dreams, Amelia,
    Dreams and false alarms

    The metaphor in the second to last verse is wonderfully apt.

    "They smash your face in, and say you were always ugly." (Solzhenitsyn)

    by sagesource on Sat May 25, 2013 at 02:36:14 AM PDT

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    •  Most of her songs succeed as poetry, I think, but (2+ / 0-)
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      RiveroftheWest, Monsieur Georges

      that is a particularly fine example. And her music's so distinctive, so unexpectedly catchy - as I read those words, I keep hearing her singing them, and the tune behind. She explodes with talent.

      "Every man has a right to utter what he thinks truth" Samuel Johnson

      by Brecht on Sat May 25, 2013 at 09:47:49 AM PDT

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