Woke up, it was a Chelsea morning, and the first thing that I heard
Was a song outside my window, and the traffic wrote the words
It came a-reeling up like Christmas bells, and rapping up like pipes and drums

Oh, won't you stay
We'll put on the day
And we'll wear it 'till the night comes

Woke up, it was a Chelsea morning, and the first thing that I saw
Was the sun through yellow curtains, and a rainbow on the wall
Blue, red, green and gold to welcome you, crimson crystal beads to beckon

Oh, won't you stay
We'll put on the day
There's a sun show every second

Now the curtain opens on a portrait of today
And the streets are paved with passersby
And pigeons fly
And papers lie
Waiting to blow away

Woke up, it was a Chelsea morning, and the first thing that I knew
There was milk and toast and honey and a bowl of oranges, too
And the sun poured in like butterscotch and stuck to all my senses
Oh, won't you stay
We'll put on the day
And we'll talk in present tenses

When the curtain closes and the rainbow runs away
I will bring you incense owls by night
By candlelight
By jewel-light
If only you will stay
Pretty baby, won't you
Wake up, it's a Chelsea morning



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"Chelsea Morning" as written by Joni Mitchell

Lyrics © Joni Mitchell/Crazy Crow Music/Siquomb Music, Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC

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  • +1
    General Comment:Hmmm... I don't really understand why a lot of people feel the need to find drama and sadness in every song. See IckleRu's comment. No offense or anything, of course.

    This is a very simple song about Joni being newly in love both with a man and a new location... The Chelsea District of New York City. Everything is fresh for her... Her love, her day. And of course, the world is hers and anything is possible.
    threearmedmanon January 04, 2007   Link
  • +1
    Song Meaning:Clearly the song expresses those feelings and emotions that run through our minds "the morning after", as we awaken and feel the joy that comes with new love. No strings or talk of the future (and we'll talk in present tenses) but a strong desire for the new lover to remain. Apparently a perfect morning to accompany such feelings of joy but it could have been pouring rain onto a deserted street and Joni would still have felt as she did. Everyone must have experienced such a morning I know I did. It's not just about nice weather and happy towns, it goes a lot deeper than that.
    felixq78on July 05, 2012   Link
  • 0
    General Comment:what a perfect song.

    i sing it in my sleep, i love it so much.


    her voice, everything, it's perfect.
    aviaticsquadon May 19, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Comment:this is my favourite joni song EVER. this song made me fall in love with her music. I'm shocked that there's only 1 comment....
    jellybean13_26on June 17, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Comment:This song is absolutely amazing. To me its as though shes waking to see her love by her side and doesn't want him to leave her so soon.
    lola411on February 08, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Comment:I was named after the Neil Diamond version of this song. my parents are big fans. but I love Joni Mitchell.
    Chelseaon March 05, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Comment:Joni Mitchell's voice is positively wonderful.
    Wunderbaron June 20, 2006   Link
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    General Comment:This song just reminds me of one of those summer days where you just chill and have no where to go, but it's so wonderful, and you're with people you like to be around. The lyrics are so pretty, and her voice ties it all together. My friends and I used to listen to this song on repeat and burn inscense. It just lifts your mood =o)
    notaprettygirlRBRon December 10, 2006   Link
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    General Comment:i love the positivity of joni!
    this song never fails in brightening up my mornings!!

    if only i lived in Chelsea..it sounds perfect!
    starlight&moonshineon January 16, 2008   Link
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    General Comment:Fun fact: Chelsea Clinton is named after this song. Bill and Hillary must have been some romantic hippies.
    pweenon September 25, 2009   Link

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