If We Just listen- the answers are playing on the radio
Released April 1970
Genre: Folk rock
Don’t it always seem to go
You don’t know what you got till its gone….
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Charting versions of this song have been recorded by Amy Grant, Mairie Brennan and the Counting Crows. Quoting the composer, “I wrote “—” on my first trip to Hawaii. I took a taxi to the hotel and when I woke up the next morning, I threw back the curtains and saw these beautiful green mountains in the distance. Then, I looked down and there was a parking lot as far as the eye could see, and it broke my heart…this blight on paradise. That’s when I sat down and wrote the song.
Interesting lyrical notes:
Mitchell’s: they charged the people a dollar and a half just to see’em, but Amy Grant’s version- the people were charged 25 bucks. Bob Dylan: did not refer to the “big yellow taxi” he added, “A big yellow bulldozer took away my house and land.”
This importance of this song has “stuck many cords” with a variety of audiences and artists. This lyrical masterpiece, the backbone to a multitude of progressive environmental movements has motivated many listeners to make a change!
Trees/Rainforest are being destroyed. “Took all the trees and put em in a tree museum.”
It is not too late to make a change- awareness “Don’t it always seem to go, you don’t know what you got till its gone.”
Toxins being used to control insects in order to have more fruitful crops. “Hey farmer, farmer put away your DDT.”
A growing recognition that the chemicals are killing the animals directly and indirectly affecting us in the food chain.”I don’t care about the spots on my apples, leave me the birds and the bees, please.”
You got it- composed and recorded by Canadian, Joni Mitchell
Stay tune, if you like this musical trivia…more to come! Thank you