"A Strange Boy" as written by and Joni Mitchell....
A strange boy is weaving
A course of grace and havoc
On a yellow skateboard
Through midday sidewalk traffic
Just when I think he's foolish and childish
And I want him to be manly
I catch my fool and my child
Needing love and understanding

What a strange, strange boy
He still lives with his family
Even the war and the navy
Couldn't bring him to maturity

He keeps referring back to school days
And clinging to his child
Fidgeting and bullied
His crazy wisdom holding onto something wild
He asked me to be patient
Well I failed
"Grow up!" I cried
And as, the smoke was clearing he said
"Give me one good reason why!"

What a strange, strange boy
He sees the cars as sets of waves
Sequences of mass and space
He sees the damage in my face

We got high on travel
And we got drunk on alcohol
And on love the strongest poison and medicine of all
See how that feeling comes and goes
Like the pull of moon on tides
Now I am surf rising
Now parched ribs of sand at his side

What a strange, strange boy
I gave him clothes and jewelry
I gave him my warm body
I gave him power over me

A thousand glass eyes were staring
In a cellar full of antique dolls
I found an old piano
And sweet chords rose up in waxed New England halls
While the boarders were snoring
Under crisp white sheets of curfew
We were newly lovers then
We were fire in the stiff-blue-haired-house-rules


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"A Strange Boy" as written by Joni Mitchell

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    General Comment"We got high on travel
    And we got drunk on alcohol
    And on love the strongest poison and medicine of all"

    She pulls them like stars from the sky and studs them in songs that illuminate our own experience. As we sometimes do when we get older I've been looking back (via YouTube) at the music which lit the journey thus far. I watched so many concerts and interviews, charting her own transformations and came to one conclusion, that the consistency, quantity and quality of her output is amazing. Jimmy page, describing his own search for a muse said something like only one person gets it right every time, Joni Mitchell.
    NWNmoonon September 02, 2013   Link
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    General Commentit's very "humid california." it has a sort of summery feel, but it's the kind where it's unbelievably dry, like a desert.
    pumkinhedon November 07, 2004   Link
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    General CommentI plan to use this in one of my imaginary movies.
    pumkinhedon October 07, 2005   Link
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    General CommentI adore this song. A lot. So powerful, so poetic. And not as easily likable as many of her others, which I think makes it more appealing to me.
    emer327on May 30, 2006   Link
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    General CommentWe got high on travel
    And we got drunk on alcohol
    And on love the strongest poison and medicine of all
    See how that feeling comes and goes
    Like the pull of moon on tides
    Now I am surf rising
    Now parched ribs of sand at his side



    Those are the lines that have described the time I've spent dicking around with my friends and waiting for the next time we all drink together. I usually listen to this song along side of furry sings the blues. The line

    We're only welcome for our drink and smoke

    reminds me of how the "in" crowd only seem to want you around to get intoxicated with them. They're the people I've spent so long trying to avoid and surely, I'm becoming just like them.
    Blackmofasa9on October 07, 2008   Link
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    General CommentI love the bass in this song.
    easywindon September 12, 2009   Link
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    Song MeaningSo who was she writing about in this song? It doesn't come close to describing her well-known lovers (her husband, Leonard Cohen, Graham Nash). Anyone know?
    broadpathon July 21, 2012   Link

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