"For The Roses" as written by and Joni Mitchell....
I heard it in the wind last night
It sounded like applause
Did you get a round resounding for you
Way up here
Seems like many dim years ago
Since I heard that face to face
So seen you face to face
Though tonight I can feel you here
I get these notes
On butterflies and lilac sprays
From girls who just have to tell me
They saw you somewhere

In some office sits a poet
And he trembles as he sings
And he asks some guy
To circulate his soul around
On your mark red ribbon runner
The caressing rev of motors
Finely tuned like fancy women
In Thirties evening gowns
Up the charts
Off to the airport
Your name's in the news
Everything's first class
The lights go down
And it's just you up there
Getting them to feel like that

Remember the days when you used to sit
And make up your tunes for love
And pour your simple sorrow
To the sound hole and your knee
And now you're seen
On giant screens
And at parties for the press
And for people who have slices of you
From the company
They toss around your latest golden egg
Speculation-well, who's to know
If the next one in the nest
Will glitter for them so

I guess I seem ungrateful
With my teeth sunk in the hand
That brings me things
I really can't give up just yet
Now I sit up here
The critic!
And they introduce some band
But they seem so much confetti
Looking at them on my TV set
Oh the power and the glory
Just when you're getting a taste for worship
They start bringing out the hammers
And the boards
And the nails

I heard it in the wind last night
It sounded like applause
Chilly now
End of summer
No more shiny hot nights
It was just the arbutus rustling
And the bumping of the logs
And the moon swept down black water
Like an empty spotlight


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"For the Roses" as written by Joni Mitchell

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    General Commentthis song and the whole album 'For the rosses" isjust unbeleiveable good. if she had a dick she'd have been ten times more popular than dylan. she just so lovely-ly ahead of her time. this, much under acknowledged, album was like man on the moon when it came out people were like "how the fuck did she come up with that?" im still asking.
    fallenhorseson October 18, 2006   Link
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    General CommentThis song is killer... So sad, so thought provoking... As many of Joni's songs are.

    This is one of the first songs to demonstrate Joni's growing distaste for the music business. And though it's a topic that has been endlessly written about, Joni has the rare ability to make it new:

    "They toss around your latest golden egg
    Speculation - Well, who's to know
    If the next one in the nest will glitter for them so"

    And

    "I guess I seem ungrateful
    With my teeth sunk in the hand
    That brings me things
    I really can't give up just yet"

    Seriously priceless.
    threearmedmanon January 08, 2007   Link
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    My OpinionJoni is a true one of a kind original, a BRILLIANT lyricist and musician. Lyrically, only Dylan comes close to her poetry, but musically she is completely superior to him. It is my understanding that this song is not only about her ambivalance towards the music industry, but a little bit of a jab at James Taylor, with whom she had a brief affair:

    Remember the days when you used to sit
    And make up your tunes for love
    And pour your simple sorrow
    To the soundhole and your knee
    dackycaton April 04, 2010   Link
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    General CommentI heard it in the wind last night
    It sounded like applause
    Chilly now
    End of summer
    No more shiny hot nights
    It was just the arbutus rustling
    And the bumping of the logs
    And the moon swept down black water
    Like an empty spotlight


    If there's a better-written verse than this anywhere in popular music, then I've never seen it. A masterful song brought to a spine-tingling end.
    vivavinylon February 14, 2015   Link

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