"Song To A Seagull" as written by and Mitchell....
Fly silly seabird
No dreams can possess you
No voices can blame you
For sun on your wings
My gentle relations
Have names they must call me
For loving the freedom
Of all flying things
My dreams with the seagulls fly
Out of reach out of cry

I came to the city
And lived like old Crusoe
On an island of noise
In a cobblestone sea
And the beaches were concrete
And the stars paid a light bill
And the blossoms hung false
On their store window trees
My dreams with the seagulls fly
Out of reach out of cry

Out of the city
And down to the seaside
To sun on my shoulders
And wind in my hair
But sandcastles crumble
And hunger is human
And humans are hungry
For worlds they can't share
My dreams with the seagulls fly
Out of reach out of cry

I call to a seagull
Who dives to the waters
And catches his silver-fine
Dinner alone
Crying where are the footprints
That danced on these beaches
And the hands that cast wishes
That sunk like a stone
My dreams with the seagulls fly
Out of reach Out of cry


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"Song to a Seagull" as written by Joni Mitchell

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    General CommentThis is a song about the inner conflic faced by all human beings: whether to live in the industrial modern world or be in touch with nature. What this song points out is that we can never be completely happy with one or the other because "sandcasles crumble and hunger is human and humans are hungry for worlds they can't share" even though the city is an "island of noise in a cobble stone sea"

    While a seagull can happily live in both worlds, humans can be happy in neither.

    What i love about this song is how Joni's voice sounds like seaguls crying in certain parts :)
    tally1302on September 20, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI never graduated from college because of this song, and others from her. I went to the music center in the basement on my college's library, put on head phones instead of going to class, put the 33 rpm record on. 33 years later, I'm still am glad I have this music in my DNA, but don't give a damm I failed Poly Sci 201.
    boxman54on November 27, 2008   Link

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