"Big Yellow Taxi" as written by and Joni Mitchell....
They paved paradise
And put up a parking lot
With a pink hotel, a boutique
And a swinging hot spot
Don't it always seem to go
That you don't know what you've got
'Till it's gone
They paved paradise
And put up a parking lot

They took all the trees
And put them in a tree museum
And they charged all the people
A dollar and a half to see 'em
Don't it always seem to go
That you don't know what you've got
'Till it's gone
They paved paradise
And they put up a parking lot

Hey farmer farmer
Put away that D.D.T. now
Give me spots on my apples
But leave me the birds and the bees
Please
Don't it always seem to go
That you don't know what you've got
'Till it's gone
They paved paradise
And put up a parking lot

Late last night
I heard the screen door slam
And a big yellow taxi
Took away my old man
Don't it always seem to go
That you don't know what you've got
'Till it's gone
They paved paradise
And put up a parking lot

Don't it always seem to go
That you don't know what you've got
'Till it's gone
They paved paradise
Put up a parking lot

They paved paradise
And put up a parking lot

They paved paradise
Put up a parking lot


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"Big Yellow Taxi" as written by Joni Mitchell

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    Song MeaningI just found out the true story!
    Joni used to play at a club in Yorkville, Toronto called the Paradise...it was bought out and flatted to make way for a parking lot! It now has a luxury hotel with a plaque that says "This used to be Paradise".

    The trees were transplanted to the Government Buildings..costly!

    This song was autobiographical and based on her experiences in Yorkville of the 60's - the Haight Ashbury of the North.
    Grooveonon October 28, 2011   Link

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