"Urge For Going" as written by and Joni Mitchell....
I awoke today and found the frost perched on the town
It hovered in a frozen sky, then it gobbled summer down
When the sun turns traitor cold
and all trees are shivering in a naked row
I get the urge for going but I never seem to go
I get the urge for going
When the meadow grass is turning brown

Summertime is falling down and winter is closing in
I had me a man in summertime
He had summer-colored skin
And not another girl in town
My darling's heart could win
But when the leaves fell on the ground
And bully winds came around pushed them face down in the snow
He got the urge for going and I had to let him go
He got the urge for going
When the meadow grass was turning brown

And summertime was falling down and winter was closing in
Now the warriors of winter they gave a cold triumphant shout
And all that stays is dying and all that lives is getting out
See the geese in chevron flight flapping and racing on before the snow
They've got the urge for going and they've got the wings so they can go
They get the urge for going
When the meadow grass is turning brown

Summertime is falling down and winter is closing in
I'll ply the fire with kindling and pull the blankets to my chin
I'll lock the vagrant winter out and I'll bolt my wandering in
I'd like to call back summertime and have her stay for just another month or so
But she's got the urge for going so I guess she'll have to go
She get the urge for going when the meadow grass is turning brown
And all her empires are falling down
And winter's closing in
And I get the urge for going when the meadow grass is turning brown
And summertime is falling down


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"Urge for Going" as written by Joni Mitchell

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    General CommentMeaning is pretty literal here, I think. She has to go to the toilet, and she gets a strong urge, but she is constipated and never can seem to go.
    ToddKingon June 23, 2013   Link
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    General Commentthis is a sad song. it always reminds me of being alone at night in the winter for whatever reason.
    5isa4letterwordon August 19, 2002   Link
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    General CommentThis is one of the first songs I've ever heard by Joni. When I was five years old my parents used to play it in our living room. The way I interpret it is that it's a song about moving on, and how moving on and change is necessary. In other words, the summers in life cannot remain forever, and winters constantly freeze over them while new summers form. Just all about the changes in life, and how they are inevitable.
    Lia90on June 07, 2007   Link
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    General CommentJoni has stated that this is the only protest song she's ever written... A protest against winter.
    threearmedmanon January 06, 2007   Link
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    General Commentthis song gives me the chills
    silverybearon March 29, 2011   Link

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