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All I Want

by Joni Mitchell   Printer-friendly version of this lyric

I am on a lonely road and I am traveling
Traveling, traveling, traveling
Looking for something, what can it be
Oh I hate you some, I hate you some, I love you some
Oh I love you when I forget about me

I want to be strong I want to laugh along
I want to belong to the living
Alive, alive, I want to get up and jive
I want to wreck my stockings in some juke box dive
Do you want - do you want - do you want to dance with me baby
Do you want to take a chance
On maybe finding some sweet romance with me baby
Well, come on

All I really really want our love to do
Is to bring out the best in me and in you too
All I really really want our love to do
Is to bring out the best in me and in you
I want to talk to you, I want to shampoo you
I want to renew you again and again
Applause, applause - Life is our cause
When I think of your kisses my mind see-saws
Do you see - do you see - do you see how you hurt me baby
So I hurt you too
Then we both get so blue.

I am on a lonely road and I am traveling
Looking for the key to set me free
Oh the jealousy, the greed is the unraveling
It's the unraveling
And it undoes all the joy that could be
I want to have fun, I want to shine like the sun
I want to be the one that you want to see
I want to knit you a sweater
Want to write you a love letter
I want to make you feel better
I want to make you feel free
I want to make you feel free


© 1970; Joni Mitchell

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All I Want has been recorded by 98 others

Alanna & Alicia Egan (from "Festival Folk Sing Joni Mitchell" - 2010)
Allyson, Karrin (from "Wild For You" - 2004)
Anne, Emely  (from "Covers" - 2006)
Awad, Mira (from "All My Faces" - 2011)
Big Yellow Taxi (from "Unknown And Famous Songs Of Joni Mitchell" - 2006)
Brannan, Jay (from "In Living Cover" - 2009)
Brook, Holly (from "Connect Sets" - 2006)
Butterfield, Judy (from "How Long Has This Been Going On?" - 2008)
Canoura, Laura (- )
Chappell Kingsland (from "this 'n' that" - )
Cold War Kids (from "The Interface Performance" - )
Complexblue (from "Knot The Thought That Counts" - 2000)
Corrigan, Tricia (from "A Different Kind Of Beautiful" - 2004)
Curry, Tim (from "Read My Lips" - 1978)
DeCaro,Nick  (from "Italian Graffiti" - 1974)
Dworsky, Sally (from "Start It All Over Again" - 2006)
D’Agostino & Oxley  (from "Double Singular " - 2006)
Elly May Quintet (from "Laughing at life " - 2007)
Emborg/Larsen Quintet (from "Heart of the Matter " - 1991)
Epp, Amber (from "Inside Outside" - 2013)
Erika Lloyd & Cameron Mizell (from "Pour a Little Everything Else" - 2009)
Eugene Van Beethoven (from "Sin Funny" - 1989)
Finegold, Amanda & Chad Preston (from "The White Coat Album" - 2000)
Finnegan, Honor  (from "Joni Mitchell's Blue: a 40th Anniversary Celebration" - 2012)
Ford, Dorian (from "Songs" - 2002)
Ford, Dorian (from "Songs Trio Live" - )
Fox, Lauren (from "Love, Lust, Fear & Freedom: The Songs of Joni Mitchell & Leonard Cohen" - 2013)
Frankhouse (from "Thought versus emotion" - 2009)
Generations (from "Millenial Child/Waiting For You" - 2002)
Giulia Firpo 4tet (- 2011)
Goldings, Larry (from "In My Room" - 2011)
Grey, Skylar (- 2013)
Hancock, Herbie (from "River - The Joni Letters" - 2007)
Heffernan, Honor (from "The Other Side" - 2006)
Henderson, Jane (from "It Might Be Spring" - 1994)
Howard & The Urban Foxes (- )
Inis Fail (from "Rebound" - 2006)
Iris Koch - Werner Tharandt (from "Lieder von Joni Mitchell, Cheryl Wheeler, Iris Koch u.a." - 1980)
Jakubowicz, Martyny  (from "Burzliwy błękit Joanny" - 2013)
Jang, Jon (from "Self-Portrait" - 1999)
Jarrett, Keith  (from "The Mourning Of A Star" - 1971)
Kaye, Charlene (- )
Killbossa  (from "UnderCover, Faultline Studios and Kalx Present: Joni Mitchell's Blue" - 2012)
Kovacs, Kamilla  (- 2009)
Krog, Karin (from "We Could Be Flying" - 1974)
Kuhn, Judy (- 2007)
Leora Cashe & The Ross Taggart Trio  (from "Another Side Now - The Songs of Joni Mitchell" - 2007)
London, Amy (from "Let's Fly" - 2011)
Lua Hadar with Twist (from "Lua Hadar with Twist" - 2008)
Lucia, Elaine (from "Elaine Lucia Sings Jazz & Other Things" - 2001)
Lydia Van Dam Group (from "Both Sides Now" - 1999)
Marchesini, Paula (- 2007)
Marcovicci, Andrea  (from "Here, There & Everywhere" - 2000)
Maria Pia De Vito, Danilo Rea,Enzo Pietropaoli, Aldo Romano (from "So Right" - 2005)
Martel, Kristi (from "unreleased live recording" - 2001)
Martone, Fabiana (from "Flowers" - 2009)
McCarron Brothers (from "Way Down in Brooklyn" - 2009)
Mendis, Melody (from "Wanderlust" - 2010)
Merchant, Natalie (from "Wonder (CD-Single)" - 1996)
Monti, Roberto (- )
Mortensen, Malene  (from "Date With a Dream" - 2005)
New West Guitar Group (from "Big City" - 2013)
Niemack, Judy (from "Heart's Desire" - 1992)
Nothing But Treble (from "Trebutantes" - 1995)
Oliver, Delfina (from "Camino" - 2010)
Peters, Kate (from "Sojourn Ver. 3.1" - 2000)
Pettersson, Linda (from "Who Are You" - 2004)
Porteus, Barbara (from "Barbara Porteus" - 2009)
Rachel Z Trio (from "Moon At The Window" - 2002)
Raknes, Steiner (from "Tangos, Ballads & More" - 2008)
Red, Connie (from "Reflections" - 2010)
Ruiz, Ela (from " Ábreme La Puerta" - 2004)
Saggioro, Manu  (- 2012)
Sally, Ann (from "Voyage" - 2001)
Sandbloom, Kevin (from "Sandbloom Still Blue" - 2011)
Scott, Dorothy (from "Pass It On" - 2007)
Scott, Elaine (- 2011)
Scott, Sherie Rene  (from "All Will Be Well" - 2014)
Skinner, Lynn (from "Lynnie Sings Joni: Snapshots from the Stage" - 2012)
Slean, Sarah (- 2007)
Stevens, Suzanne (from "Crystal Carriage" - 1977)
Sutton, Tierney  (from "After Blue" - 2013)
The Big Jump Band (- 1973)
The Bryan Thomas Band (from "PazFest - The New Orleans Tribute to Joni Mitchell at the Howlin' Wolf" - 2002)
The Chorallaries (from "Pokerface" - 2001)
The Homemade Orchestra (from "Inside Covers" - 2004)
The Joint Chiefs (from "It Matches Your Juice" - 2001)
The Practicers (from "Smooth & Raw" - 2000)
The Skot Veroczi Quartet (from "Out Of The Blue" - 2001)
The Supremes (from "The Supremes" - 1972)
Thomson, Dawn (from "Imagine That" - 2000)
Traut/Rodby (from "The Great Lawn" - 1989)
Upper Left Trio (from "Sell Your Soul Side" - 2006)
van Wely, Rob (from "ELSA" - 2008)
Volker Niehusmann & Christiane Weber (from "Another Blue" - 1997)
Wainwright, Rufus (- 2013)
Wheeler, Debi (from "Dreamscape " - 2012)
Wolf, Patrick (- 2009)
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debbie on 2011-Sep-13 at 23:26:54 GMT-5:
it's almost 2 a.m. and I am in Joni's country of birth and this site looks valid so I hope it is and I started writing tonight, out of huge sense of many many reasons, healing, loneliness (sp?), love, and just wrote for 5 hours straight, a memoir of sorts, and just had a milestone birthday, the scary one, and as I was winding down, because of some of the things I have been pondering on this writing journey, the lyrics to this song popped into my head. I have the c.d. and had it first years ago in vinyl. So aaah, gee, I guess just thank you Joni, for your songs..........they bring back good memories and this one, tonight, is helping me as one little piece, on a journey, a difficult one of confronting some issues, but as I saw on a news segment today, ...let peace prevail on earth, and I thought what a powerful word, prevail, when used for the common good.