"This Flight Tonight" as written by and Joni Mitchell....
Look out the left the captain said
The lights down there, that's where we'll land
I saw a falling star burn up
Above the Las Vegas sands
It wasn't the one that you gave to me
That night down south between the trailers
Not the early one
That you can wish upon,
Not the northern one
That guides in the sailors

Oh star bright, star bright
You've got the lovin' that I like, all right
Turn this crazy bird around
I shouldn't have got on this flight tonight

You got the touch so gentle and sweet
But you've got that look so critical
Now I can't talk to you baby
I get so weak
Sometimes I think love is just mythical
Up there's a heaven
Down there's a town
Blackness everywhere and little lights shine
Oh, blackness, blackness dragging me down
Come on light the candle in this poor heart of mine

Oh star bright, star bright
You've got the lovin' that I like, all right
Turn this crazy bird around
I shouldn't hove got on this flight tonight

I'm drinking sweet champagne
Got the headphones up high
Can't numb you out
Can't drum you out of my mind
They're playing, Goodbye baby, Baby Goodbye,
Ooh, ooh, love is blind

Up go the flaps, down go the wheels
I hope you got your heat turned on baby
I hope they finally fixed your automobile
I hope it's better when we meet again baby

Star bright, star bright
You got the lovin' that I like, all right
Turn this crazy bird around
I shouldn't have got on this flight tonight

Lyrics submitted by hamlet82

"This Flight Tonight" as written by Joni Mitchell

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  • +2
    My InterpretationI believe she is going back to him. I'm in this situation right now. After a year apart I'm contemplating a flight to Germany to see my love...possibly a big mistake. God I love Joni Mitchell.
    cindalouon April 09, 2013   Link
  • +1
    General Commentdouble ditto
    i think its really cool how the part "good-bye baby, baby good-bye, ooh ooh love is blind." sounds like its on a radio
    nelia_slye_on August 22, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis song is amazing! i love it!!
    polish_immigranton September 25, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commentditto. the guitar is especially good.
    Empirer85on November 03, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentSo is she leaving him or going to him? My guess is she's leaving him, but I could see it the other way, too, that she's going to see him but that the relationship isn't good.
    goodmorningmisterbenon August 04, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti think she's going back to him, but she's scared about how very much she is in love with him
    chelseamorningon August 31, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI very much appreciate Nazareth's rendition of this song. It's amazing how poignant such basic lyrics can be. The gift of a true writer is saying what you mean in the simplest terms. An apt sentiment for this poem.
    falangon June 23, 2012   Link
  • 0
    Song MeaningWhat kind of star would be the one that you gave to me that night down south between the trailers??
    DrivingMeCrazyon November 13, 2013   Link
  • 0
    General CommentIt seems fairly clear that the song’s central theme is about strong regret of leaving a lover and wanting to return. “Turn this crazy bird around” I read she wrote it during the period where she was on a trip (vacation?) in Europe. It may be about a lover there, (perhaps Cary) and based upon a return flight to LA, where she clearly spent much of her time. It could be about torn feelings between James Taylor and someone else. It could be an amalgam of the like.
    amittonon December 31, 2017   Link

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