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All I Want

by Joni Mitchell

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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

Guitar Transcriptions of All I Want

All I Want has been recorded by 115 others

  • Agata Pisko & Werner Radzik (from "Polish Touch" - 2015)
  • Alanna & Alicia Egan (from "Festival Folk Sing Joni Mitchell" - 2010)
  • Allyson, Karrin (from "Wild For You" - 2004) [buy at Amazon]
  • Anne, Emely  (from "Covers" - 2006) [buy at Amazon]
  • 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) [buy at Amazon]
  • Brook, Holly (from "Connect Sets" - 2006)
  • Butterfield, Judy (from "How Long Has This Been Going On?" - 2008) [buy at Amazon]
  • 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)
  • Dame, Elaine (from "You're My Thrill" - 2014) [buy at Amazon]
  • 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)
  • Emma Frank Quartet (from "For Being Apart" - 2014) [buy at Amazon]
  • Epp, Amber (from "Inside Outside" - 2013) [buy at Amazon]
  • 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)
  • Gibbons, Polly (from "My Own Company" - 2014) [buy at Amazon]
  • Giulia Firpo 4tet (- 2011)
  • Goldings, Larry (from "In My Room" - 2011) [buy at Amazon]
  • Grey, Skylar (- 2013)
  • Hancock, Herbie (from "River - The Joni Letters" - 2007)
  • Hanvey, Sal  (from "Nostalgia Queen" - 2014) [buy at Amazon]
  • Hartfield, Irene  (from "Play Me" - 2016) [buy at Amazon]
  • 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)
  • Jais, Laura (from "Despertar" - )
  • Jakubowicz, Martyna (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) [buy at Amazon]
  • 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)
  • Maggie Hollinbeck & Graham Sobelman (from "Another Shade Of Blue" - 2014)
  • 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) [buy at Amazon]
  • McCarron Brothers (from "Way Down in Brooklyn" - 2009)
  • Mendis, Melody (from "Wanderlust" - 2010)
  • Merchant, Natalie (from "Wonder (CD-Single)" - 1996)
  • Mirja Mäkelä Trio (from "My Hidden Joys" - 2015) [buy at Amazon]
  • Monti, Roberto (- )
  • Mortensen, Malene  (from "Date With a Dream" - 2005)
  • Mortensen, Malene  (from "Chante Noël/Live in Paris " - 2008)
  • New West Guitar Group (from "Big City" - 2013) [buy at Amazon]
  • 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)
  • Puglia, Lara (from "Heart and Mind: Tribute to Joni Mitchell " - 2014)
  • Rachel Z Trio (from "Moon At The Window" - 2002)
  • Raknes, Steiner (from "Tangos, Ballads & More" - 2008)
  • Red, Connie (from "Reflections" - 2010)
  • Reeves, Jessie  (from "Cover Versions Album" - 2014) [buy at Amazon]
  • Robin Adler & Mutts of the Planet (from "Joni Mitchell's Blue & Court And Spark - Live At Dizzy's" - 2011)
  • 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)
  • Super Optimistic (- 2014)
  • Sutton, Tierney  (from "After Blue" - 2013) [buy at Amazon]
  • Suzanne (from "Friends With You" - 1973)
  • 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)
  • Tincher, Jeff (from "All I Want" - 2015) [buy at Amazon]
  • 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)
  • Wallfisch, Joanna (from "Gardens In My Mind" - 2016) [buy at Amazon]
  • Wheeler, Debi (from "Dreamscape " - 2012) [buy at Amazon]
  • Wolf, Patrick (- 2009)
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debbie on

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.

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