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This song appears on the album 'Shadows and Light'

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Black Crow

by Joni Mitchell   Printer-friendly version of this lyric

There's a crow flying
Black and ragged
Tree to tree
He's black as the highway that's leading me
Now he's diving down
To pick up on something shiny
I feel like that black crow
Flying
In a blue sky

I took a ferry to the highway
Then I drove to a pontoon plane
I took a plane to a taxi
And a taxi to a train
I've been traveling so long
How'm I ever going to know my home
When I see it again
I'm like a black crow flying
In a blue blue sky

In search of love and music
My whole life has been
Illumination
Corruption
And diving diving diving diving
Diving down to pick up on every shiny thing
Just like that black crow flying
In a blue sky

I looked at the morning
After being up all night
I looked at my haggard face in the bathroom light
I looked out the window
And I saw that ragged soul take flight
I saw a back crow flying
In a blue sky
Oh I'm like a black crow flying
In a blue sky


© 1976; Crazy Crow Music

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Black Crow has been recorded by 42 others

Aafje van Summeren Trio (from "Space Unknown" - 2005)
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Big Yellow Taxi (from "A Tribute To Joni Mitchell" - 2002)
Black Crow (- 2010)
Chaudry, Aneesa (from "Covers 1" - 2014)
Copeland, Shemekia (from "Never Going Back" - 2009)
David Linx And The Brussels Jazz Orchestra (from "Changing Faces" - 2007)
Dinc, Ipek (- )
Duo (from "4 The Road" - 2009)
Garrin Benfield Band (- 2005)
Groenenberg, Saskia (- 2007)
Grzegorz Karnas Band  (from "Karnas" - 2011)
Guthorn, Katie (from "Why Not Smile?" - 2011)
Hege Nielsen Kvartett (- )
Henning Olsen Band (from "A Tribute Minus Mitchell" - 2004)
Hodgkin, Kerry (from "Table In The Corner" - 2010)
Inga Luehning & volume  (from "Luehning" - )
Irma Schultz Keller (from "Blank is sånger av Joni Mitchell " - 2010)
Johnson, Molly (from "Back To The Garden" - 1992)
Krall, Diana (from "The Girl In The Other Room" - 2004)
Krall, Diana (from "Live at the Montréal Jazz Festival (DVD)" - 2004)
Lahm, David (from "More Jazz Takes on Joni Mitchell" - 2001)
Lemoine, Stephanie (- )
Lydia Van Dam Group (from "Both Sides Now" - 1999)
Montellanico, Ada (from "Suono Di Donna" - 2011)
Moore, Kate (- 2013)
Norbert Gottschalk & Frank Haunschild (from "theduo 4 the road" - 2009)
Ogre (from "Electrodomestico" - 2012)
Paspala, Elly (- 1995)
Robin Adler & Mutts of the Planet (from "Hejira Live" - 2014)
Sullivan, Christine (from "Away" - 2010)
Swearingen, Inga  (from "Reverie" - 2005)
Taylor, Will  (from "Will Taylor w/Strings Attached" - 2001)
The Bryan Thomas Band (from "PazFest - The New Orleans Tribute to Joni Mitchell at the Howlin' Wolf" - 2002)
Theissmann, Lothar (from "Palm" - 2003)
Thomas, Bryan (from "Wafers And Wine" - 1997)
Thompson, Richard (from "An All-Star Tribute to Joni Mitchell (TV Broadcast)" - 2000)
Tracy and the Bando'Coots  (- 2014)
Trio Bert Lochs & Lydia van Dam  (- 2010)
Wilson, Cassandra (from "Blue Light 'Til Dawn" - 1993)
Witten, Jey (- )
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jjrose on 2010-Aug-23 at 11:25:13 GMT-5:
I recall Joni singing this song at Alpine Valley in late 70's or early 80 or 81.