"The Gallery" as written by and Joni Mitchell....
When I first saw your gallery
I liked the ones of ladies
Then you began to hang up me
You studied to portray me
In ice and greens
And old blue jeans
And naked in the roses
Then you got into funny scenes
That all your work discloses

"Lady, don't love me now I am dead
I am a saint, turn down your bed
I have no heart," that's what you said
You said, "I can be cruel
But let me be gentle with you"

Somewhere in a magazine
I found a page about you
I see that now it's Josephine
Who cannot be without you
I keep your house in fit repair
I dust the portraits daily
Your mail comes here from everywhere
The writing looks like ladies'

"Lady, please love me now, I am dead
I am a saint, turn down your bed
I have no heart," that's what you said
You said, "I can be cruel
But let me be gentle with you"

I gave you all my pretty years
Then we began to weather
And I was left to winter here
While you went west for pleasure
And now you're flying bock this way
Like some lost homing pigeon
They've monitored your brain, you say
And changed you with religion

"Lady, please love me now I was dead
I am no saint, turn down your bed
Lady, have you no heart," that's what you said
Well, I can be cruel
But let me be gentle with you

When I first saw your gallery
I liked the ones of ladies
But now their faces follow me
And all their eyes look shady


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"The Gallery" as written by Joni Mitchell

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    General CommentA painted portrait of love. How it has it's ups and downs. How no one is truly perfect. How in the line of work one can do to gain money they start to lose their soul. When this 'man' loses his piece of the woman he was with he uses her as a tool rather than a lesson learned. She puts up with his lies not out of anger,disbelief, or unlove - but love itself.

    Towards the end of the song she is starting to lose full faith in the relationship and the man she married as it seems he will NEVER change.

    "When I first saw your gallery
    I liked the ones of ladies
    But now their faces follow me
    And all their eyes look shady"

    It can also mean the woman's perspective of love isn't love but mistrust.
    stardustgammarayon August 04, 2008   Link

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