"Hey Joni" as written by Kim Gordon, Lee M. Ranaldo, Steven Jay Shelley and Thurston Joseph Moore....
Hey Joni, put it all behind you
Hey Joni, now I've put it all behind me too
These times can't add up, your life is such a mess
Forget the past, and just say yes

Tell me Joni, am I the one
To see you through?
In this broken town can you still jack in
And know what to do?
I remember our youth, our high ideals
I remember you were so uptight
That time in the trees, we broke that vise
We took some steps and now we can't think twice

Tell me Joni, am I right by you?
Tell me how you're gonna lose this hard luck?
Hey Joni, when will all these dreams come true?
You'd better find a way to climb down off that truck

Shots ring out from the center of an empty field
Joni's in the tall grass
She's a beautiful mental jukebox, a sailboat explosion
A snap of electric whip crack

She's not thinking about the future
She's not spinning her wheels
She doesn't think at all about the past
She thinking long and hard about that wild sound
And wondering, will it last?

Kick it!

Hey Joni, put it all behind you
There's something turning, it's turning right to you
My head burns, but I know you'll speak the truth, hey!
Hey Joni, put it all behind you
Hey Joni, now I've put it all behind me too
Forget the future, these times are such a mess
Tune out the past, and just say yes

It's ninteen-sixty-three
It's ninteen-sixty-four
It's ninteen-fifty-seven
It's ninteen-sixty-two

Put it all behind you
Now it's all behind you


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"Hey Joni" as written by Lee M. Ranaldo Kim Gordon

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  • +4
    General Commentyah, i was thinking joni mitchell, too. possibly relating to those down feelings expressed on "Blue" leaving the "youth" and "high ideals" of the 60's? i couldn't help but think of her with all the references to trees and dreams...
    thereisnospoon1on October 23, 2008   Link
  • +3
    General Commentfavorite sy song - whos with me??
    youeatpoopon February 08, 2007   Link
  • +3
    General CommentI always thought the song was about Joni Mitchell...?
    mrfistoon July 24, 2007   Link
  • +2
    General Commenthistory is a part of human wisdom.future is the living purpose of man.
    try to put it all behind you,and you will lose everything.
    isn't it good?
    anyway...
    stainon August 05, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General Commentits about meeting a girl he was with when they were younger "I remember our youth, our high ideals
    I remember you were so uptight
    The time in the trees, we broke that vice
    We took some steps and now we can't think twice"

    The fact that he describes her as being uptight makes me think that maybe they never went out properly, but hooked up once 'in the trees'

    She's had a bit of a messed up life and he's still intruiged by her "She's a beautiful mental jukebox
    A sailboat explosion " and "There's something turning, turning right to you
    My head burns, but I know you'll speak the truth"

    yeah so i think its just about meeting he has some history with several years later, seeing that she has a kinda messed up life and still being interested in her, thinking maybe he can help her out of her rut
    SammyJLon February 04, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI think it's about a girl trying to find herself. I love the "she's a beautiful mental jukebox, a sailboat explosion, as snap of electric whipcrack" I think it's describing the intricacies of her brain/mental processes. Her brain is a "mental jukebox" whose neurons are firing and dying like wires on a sailboat when it explodes. Also, a sailboat wouldn't really explode on it's own because there's no engine...nothing to explode. So, there has to be something external to make these whipcracking/snapping wires snap and crack. Perhaps drugs. Possibly acid or any drug that you take to have these types on internal epiphanies.
    Fradgenouson January 06, 2011   Link
  • 0
    General CommentWow, excellent observation. I would have never interpreted it that way. I love the guitar work in this song by the way.
    BangYrHeadon February 20, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti'm with poopeater - one of their best. certainly it is Lee's best song. I'm going to fuckin' go off when they do this live at the pitchfork show!
    acmon July 09, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis is my favorite sy song. every time i listen to it i seriously go crazy! i would kill to see it performed live. ...does lee sing in any other sy songs?

    anyway, about the meaning...i think it's pretty literal, just about um...forgetting the past and putting it all behind you! that is probably oversimplified but i don't want to overanalyze my favorite sy song!
    emily63259on May 22, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthe best song on the daydream nation album. amazing. and I heard it live last month! aaah, it's one of the best shows i've ever been to.
    sig2kon September 17, 2008   Link

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