"People's Parties" as written by and Joni Mitchell....
All the people at this party
They've got a lot of style
They've got stamps of many countries
They've got passport smiles
Some are friendly
Some are cutting
Some are watching it from the wings
Some are standing in the centre
Giving to get something

Photo Beauty gets attention
Then her eye paint's running down
She's got a rose in her teeth
And a lampshade crown
One minute she's so happy
Then she's crying on someone's knee
Saying, laughing and crying
You know it's the same release

I told you when I met you
I was crazy
Cry for us all, Beauty
Cry for Eddie in the corner
Thinking he's nobody
And Jack behind his joker
And stone-cold Grace behind her fan
And me in my frightened silence
Thinking I don't understand

I feel like I'm sleeping
Can you wake me?
You seem to have a broader sensibility
I'm just living on nerves and feelings
With a weak and a lazy mind
And coming to people's parties
Fumbling deaf dumb and blind

I wish I had more sense of humor
Keeping the sadness at bay
Throwing the lightness on these things
Laughing it all away
Laughing it all away
Laughing it all away

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"People's Parties" as written by Joni Mitchell

Lyrics © Crazy Crow Music / Siquomb Music Publishing

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    General CommentCurious... does anyone kow who is crying on someone's knee? and who is Eddie?
    jjweedon August 25, 2005   Link
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    General CommentPhoto Beauty is crying on someone's knee, after she laughing...

    I tihnk Eddie, and Jack, and Grace, are all just Jane and John Doe's... but she's gone into a bit more detail with theri personalities. They are names for the people at this party that, up front, she's watching.

    I love the way this song is put together. Very string-of-thought. And it returns to herself. Like most of us do. Whenever we stray, we some back to tihnking about ourselves, especially when we're not happy with ourselves.

    She explores the range of human emotions, and to a certain extent, poses a question about our natures. So many people, coming to a party, most likely looking to have a good time, and ending up feeling and experiencing so many different things.
    x13xgreenon September 19, 2005   Link

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