"Big Yellow Taxi" as written by and Joni Mitchell....
They paved paradise
And put up a parking lot
With a pink hotel, a boutique
And a swinging hot spot

Don't it always seem to go
That you don't know what you've got til its gone
They paved paradise
And put up a parking lot

They took all the trees
And put 'em in a tree museum
And they charged the people
A dollar and a half to seem 'em

No no no
Don't it always seem to go,
That you don't know what you've got
Til its gone
They paved paradise
And put up a parking lot

Hey farmer farmer
Put away the DDT
I don't care about spots on my apples
Leave me the birds and the bees
Please!

Don't it always seem to go
That you don't know what you've got
Til its gone
They paved paradise
And put up a parking lot
Hey, now they paved paradise
To put up a parking lot
Why not?

Listenin' late last night
I heard the screen door slam
And a big yellow taxi
Took my girl away
Now, don't it always seem to go
That you don't know what you've got
Til its gone
They paved paradise
And put up a parking lot

Hey now, now
Don't it always seem to go
That you don't know what you got
Til its gone
They paved paradise
To put up a parking lot
Why not?
They paved paradise
To put up a parking lot
Hey hey hey
Paved paradise
To put up a parking lot

I don't want give it
Why you want give,
Why you want give it all away?
Hey hey hey
Now you want give it,
Ah she want to give it
Cause she givin' it all away
Now now now

I don't want give it
Why you want give,
Why you want give it all away?
Giving it all, giving it all away

Why you want it?
Why do you want it? (She's giving it all away)

Hey pave paradise
Put up a parking lot


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"Big Yellow Taxi" as written by Joni Mitchell

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  • +1
    General Commenti think her vocals are nice
    go84grlon December 06, 2004   Link
  • +1
    General Commentyeh i like this. i think vanessa sounds great, and shes an incredibly talented writer alone, but she easily pulls this cover off. i herd counting crows werent too happy bought havin her on it. i dont no why, she sounds amazing.
    torrance21on December 18, 2004   Link
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    General CommentIt's parking lot. You gotta remember, this is a cover. I think Joni Mitchill did the orignial. Go look it up and listen to her song, and it'll be obvious. The song wouldn't make sense otherwise.
    Anyway. Has anyone else heard that this song is originally about a father "taken away" (either killed or just left his family) in a taxi cab? That was a rumor I heard, but I don't know...
    It's definitely about how we take not only people, but everything for granted. Even simple things like trees. We need to stop paving the world with parking lots before we have to go to a mueseum to see trees...
    A great song. We always need reminding about being greatful, and this one does it so wonderfully.
    random_lisaon September 27, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentGreat cover.. I love it
    zipped6648on April 14, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis is great song, but it would be so much better without an annoying female vocalist.
    MtterOFctItsAllDrkon September 26, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti hope your fucking joking.
    atthedrive-inon November 15, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General Commenthes not... the fuckin female vocals ruin it
    Mothra666on November 28, 2004   Link
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    General Commentam i the only one that seriously thinks he sounds exactly like he's saying "fucking lie" instead of "parking lot" until the last one? i dont hear the p- sound, i hear f- . usually things like this youd have to kind of stretch it a bit to hear it, but with this song, i have to make a stretch to hear him say "parking lot".
    Disposition_987on January 08, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Commentparking lot makes more sense to me....
    raVer*gurLon February 15, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentYou're SO right, Disposition! I thought the same thing!
    Nice song..
    Kiss_Me_Babyon March 12, 2005   Link

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