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This song appears on the album 'Don Juan's Reckless Daughter'

This song appears on the album 'Shadows and Light'

This song appears on the album 'Dreamland'

This song appears on the album 'The Studio Albums, 1968-1979'

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Dreamland

by Joni Mitchell   Printer-friendly version of this lyric

It's a long long way from Canada
A long way from snow chains
Donkey vendors slicing coconut
No parkas to their name
Black babies covered in baking flour
The cook's got a carnival song
We're going to lay down some place shady
With dreamland coming on
Dreamland dreamland
Dreamland dreamland

Walter Raleigh and Chris Columbus
Come marching out of the waves
And claim the beach and all concessions
In the name of the suntan slave
I wrapped that flag around me
Like a Dorothy Lamour sarong
And I lay down thinking national
With dreamland coming on
Dreamland dreamland
Dreamland dreamland

Goodtime Mary and a fortune hunter
All dressed up to follow the drums
Mary in a feather hula-hoop
Miss Fortune with a rose on her big game gun
All saints all sinners shining
Heed those trumpets all night long
Propped up on a samba beat
With dreamland coming on
Dreamland dreamland
Dreamland dreamland

Tar baby and the Great White Wonder
Talking over a glass of rum
Burning on the inside
With the knowledge of things to come
There's gambling out on the terrace
And midnight ramblin' on the lawn
As they lead toward temptation
With dreamland coming on
Dreamland dreamland
Dreamland dreamland

In a plane flying back to winter
In shoes full of tropic sand
A lady in a foreign flag
On the arm of her Marlboro Man
The hawk howls in New York City
Six foot drifts on Myrtle's lawn
As they push the recline buttons down
With dreamland coming on
Dreamland dreamland
Dreamland dreamland

African sand on the trade winds
And the sun on the Amazon
As they push the recline buttons down
With dreamland coming on
Dreamland dreamland
Dreamland dreamland


© 1976; Crazy Crow Music

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Dreamland has been recorded by 10 others

Big & Little Choruses, M.H. Stanley Intermediate School (from "Movin' On" - )
Cherry, Marlon (from "Elsewhere" - 2001)
Cunha, Fernanda (from "Brasil Canadá " - 2009)
Jay, Tommy (from "Tommy Jay's Tall Tales Of Trauma" - 2007)
McGuinn, Roger (from "Cardiff Rose" - 1976)
McGuinn, Roger (from "Cardiff Rose" - 2004)
Robin Adler & Mutts of the Planet (from "Safaris to the Heart - The Songs of Joni Mitchell" - 2010)
Tomasic, Lindsay  (from "Looking for Sunshine" - 2012)
Veloso, Caetano  (from "A Tribute To Joni Mitchell" - 2007)
Will Taylor And Strings Attached (from "Back To The Garden - A Tribute To Joni Mitchell" - 2007)
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