This song appears on the album 'Night Ride Home'

This song appears on the album 'Travelogue'

This song appears on the album 'Complete Geffen Recordings'

This song appears on the album 'Songs of a Prairie Girl'

jonimitchell.com song lyrics

Cherokee Louise

by Joni Mitchell

Cherokee Louise is hiding in this tunnel
In the Broadway bridge *
We're crawling on our knees
We've got flashlights and batteries
We've got cold cuts from the fridge

Last year about this time
We used to climb up in the branches
Just to sway there in some breeze
Now the cops on the street
They want Cherokee Louise

People like to talk
Tongues are waggin' over fences
Waggin' over phones
All their doors are locked
God she can't even come to our house
But I know where she'll go

To the place where you can stand
And press your hands like it was bubblebath
In dust piled high as me
Down under the street
My friend
Poor Cherokee Louise

Ever since we turned thirteen
It's like a minefield
Walking to the door
Going out you get the third degree
And comin' in you get the third world war

Tuesday after school
We put our pennies on the rails
And when the train went by
We were jumpin' round like fools
Goin' "Look no heads or tails"
Goin' "Look my lucky prize"

She runs home to her foster dad
He opens up a zipper
And he yanks her to her knees
Oh please be here please
My friend
Poor Cherokee Louise

Cherokee Louise is hiding in this tunnel
In the Broadway bridge
We're crawling on our knees
We've got Archie and Silver Screen
I know where she is

The place where you can stand
And press your hand like it was bubblebath
In dust piled high as me
Down under the street
My friend
Poor Cherokee Louise
Oh Cherokee Louise


© 1988, 1991; Crazy Crow Music

Printed from JoniMitchell.com at http://jonimitchell.com/music/song.cfm?id=CherokeeLouise
Please respect the owner of this copyright by not profiting from this document.