"Lesson In Survival" as written by and Joni Mitchell....
Lesson in Survival
Spinning out on turns
That gets you tough
Guru books-the Bible
Only a reminder
That you're just not good enough
You need to believe in something
Once I could in our love
Black road
Double yellow line
Friends and kin
Campers in the kitchen
That's fine sometimes
But I know my needs
My sweet tumbleweed
I need more quiet times
By a river flowing
You and me
Deep kisses
And the sun going down

Maybe it's paranoia
Maybe it's sensitivity
Your friends protect you
Scrutinize me
I get so damn timid
Not at all the spirit
That's inside of me
Oh baby I can't seem to make it
With you socially
There's this reef around me
I'm looking way out at the ocean
Love to see that green water in motion
I'm gonna get a boat
And we can row it
If you ever get the notion
To be needed by me
Fresh salmon frying
And the tide rolling in

I went to see a friend tonight
Was very late when I walked in
My talking as it rambled
Revealed suspicious reasoning
The visit seemed to darken him
I came in as bright
As a neon light
And I burned out
Right there before him
I told him these things
I'm telling you now
Watched them buckle up
In his brow
When you dig down deep
You lose good sleep
And it makes you
Heavy company
I will always love you
Hands alike
Magnet and iron
The souls

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"Lesson in Survival" as written by Joni Mitchell

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    General Commentabout joni discovering and knowing who she is. she is looking for religion, but she can't just accept things on the surface, she questions, doubt, and analyzes. all this introspection "when you dig down deep" is affecting her and her relationships "you lose good sleep and it makes you heavy company."
    chelseamorningon August 31, 2007   Link
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    General Commentthis song and the whole album 'For the rosses" isjust unbeleiveable good. if she had a dick she'd have been ten times more popular than dylan. she just so lovely-ly ahead of her time. this, much under acknowledged, album was like man on the moon when it came out people were like "how the fuck did she come up with that?" im still asking.
    fallenhorseson October 18, 2006   Link
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    General CommentGoosebumps from the honesty portrayed in this song. Incredibly talented artist. Love, love, love.
    whoshaton August 26, 2011   Link

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