"Songs To Aging Children Come" as written by and Mitchell....
Through the windless wells of wonder
By the throbbing light machine
In a tea leaf trance or under
Orders from the king and queen

Songs to aging children come
Aging children, I am one

People hurry by so quickly
Don't they hear the melodies
In the chiming and the clicking
And the laughing harmonies

Songs to aging children come
Aging children, I am one

Some come dark and strange like dying
Crows and ravens whistling
Lines of weeping, strings of crying
So much said in listening

Songs to aging children come
Aging children, I am one

Does the moon play only silver
When it strums the galaxy
Dying roses will they will their
Perfumed rhapsodies to me

Songs to aging children come
This is one

Lyrics submitted by Nelly, edited by AnytimeAnyhow

"Songs to Aging Children Come" as written by Joni Mitchell

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    General Commentfirst heard this song when watching 'alices restaurant' and it was so creepy and eeiry it sent shivers don my spine but it is a lovely song
    emilieeon November 06, 2005   Link
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    General CommentAppropriate that, writing about how being creative means finding inspiration, and how finding inspiration means being open to it (innocent/naive - an aging child), Joni writes some of the most beautiful and complex harmonies of her career.
    whatssarcasmon August 25, 2006   Link
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    General CommentWhen I first heard this song I became hooked as a songwriter. I now write in minors and write lyrics that you can slit-your-wrists to. Works for me. Blame it on THIS song!
    The funeral scene in Alice's Restaurant has stayed with me forever. Kewl thing is that some 40 years later I saw Arlo in concert in Boston...ya, I still want to be him when I grow up!
    medussa629on July 03, 2010   Link

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