"Twisted" as written by Baxter Dury and Craig Ross....
My analyst told me
That I was right out of my head
The way he described it
He said I'd be better dead than live
I didn't listen to his jive
I knew all along
That he was all wrong
And I knew that he thought
I was crazy but I'm not, oh no

My analyst told me
That I was right out of my head
He said I'd need treatment
But I'm not that easily led
He said I was the type
That was most inclined
When out of his sight
To be out of my mind
And he thought I was nuts
No more ifs or ands or buts

They say as a child
I appeared a little bit wild
With all my crazy ideas
But I knew what was happening
I knew I was a genius
What's so strange when you know
That you're a wizard at three?
I knew that this was meant to be

Now I heard little children
Were supposed to sleep tight
That's why I got into the vodka one night
My parents got frantic
Didn't know what to do
But I saw some crazy scenes
Before I came to
Now do you think I was crazy?
I may have been only three
But I was swinging

They all laugh at angry young men
They all laugh at Edison
And also at Einstein
So why should I feel sorry
If they just couldn't understand
The idiomatic logic
That went on in my head
I had a brain
It was insane
Oh, they used to laugh at me
When I refused to ride
On all those double decker buses
All because there was no driver on the top

My analyst told me
That I was right out of my head
But I said dear doctor
I think that it's you instead
Because I have got a thing
That's unique and new
To prove it I'll have
The last laugh on you
'Cause instead of one head
I got two
And you know two heads are better than one

Lyrics submitted by anna118k, edited by tstorer

"Twisted" as written by Wardell Gray Annie Ross Annabelle Short


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  • +2
    General Commentthis was the first joni song i ever heard. my mother found her old records and told me i had to hear this one, she said it reminded her of me...(what a mom, eh?)
    StarClaireon March 25, 2003   Link
  • +1
    General CommentDepending on the source some list it as a Joni original, and others credit Lambert, Hendricks and Ross. Wikipedia says she covered it, and the original was done around 1960. I'm guessing the label probably miscredited the song on the album. Kind of comforting to know it's a cover though... when I first heard the song it gave me an entirely different picture of who Joni was. :P
    lastoftherockstarson May 07, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song is about the insecurity of a child being interpreted as the insanity of a fool.
    WDRowland1on February 18, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI disagree. I think the song is just the narrator telling the world that she may seem like she's "twisted".. but she really isn't.. It's just that she's "got a thing that's unique and new".. She's different and unique.. Not crazy.
    anna118kon March 05, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti agree with anna. and it's a good song regardless of the meaning.
    weezerific:cutleryon June 17, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General Commentinsanity is fun!
    pumkinhedon October 07, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentJust a lot oa psychological fun.
    I should point out that Joni didn't write this. Lyrics are by the vocalese master Jon Hendricks.
    You really owe it to yourself to find the original recording by Lambert, Hendricks and Ross (Jon Hendricks also wrote 'Centerpiece' from Hissing of Summr Lawns).
    Zubbyon June 16, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI love this song! It makes me laugh! :)
    TwilightSageon January 03, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThe first Joni Mitchell CD i ever bought was Hits, which was rather unfortunate bevause i then decided to collect all her albums..lol. So apart from the tracks that are on that album I was kinda dissapointed by Court and Spark..until i heard this song! I love it, its brilliant!!! One thing tho Zubby if this song was written by Jon Hendricks why does it does it say on the back of the Cd case that all the songs were written by Joni... :S just s lil confuzzled
    just katon April 03, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentMy copy of the CD credits the song to 'Ross and Grey'.
    DavidBon January 16, 2010   Link

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