"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 till it's gone
They paved paradise and put up a parking lot

They took all the trees and put 'em in a tree museum
And then they charged all the people
Twenty-five bucks just to see 'em

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

Hey farmer, farmer, put away your DDT now
You give me spots on my apples
But leave me the birds and the bees

Please don't it always seem to go
That you don't know what you've got till it's gone
They paved paradise and they put up a parking lot
I say, they paved paradise and they put up a parking lot

Don't it always seem to go
That you don't know what you've got till it's gone
They paved paradise and they put up a parking lot

Late last night I heard the screen door slam
And a big yellow taxi carried off my old man

Don't it always seem to go
That you don't know what you've got till it's gone
They paved paradise and they put up a parking lot

Don't it always seem to go
That you don't know what you've got till it's gone
They paved paradise and they put up a parking lot
Oh, no, no, paved paradise and they put up a parking lot
Hey, steam rolled paradise and put up a parking lot




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"Big Yellow Taxi" as written by Joni Mitchell

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    General CommentThis is a cover. Joni Mitchell is the author of the song. Just so you know.
    LizardGirlon July 26, 2002   Link
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    General Commentyeah and if anyone is looking for a little different version of the song- try the one by Counting Crows- i like it the best of all the versions there are.....it's got Vanessa Carlton in it so it's really cool.......i really really love this song and It always puts me in a good mood
    pretty_baby17on July 01, 2003   Link
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    General Commentis this song about things changing n the writer not liking them? does he think that ppl have ruined all th good olden times? enlighten plz
    neuropsyon November 13, 2004   Link

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