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Born To Take The Highway

by Joni Mitchell   Printer-friendly version of this lyric

See the stretching sun at dawning
Wipe the stardust from his eyes
Feel the morning breezes yawning
Telling me it's time to rise
Telling me it's time to rise

I was born to take the highway
I was born to chase a dream
Any road at all is my way
Any place is where I've been
Anything is what I've seen

Gambler's gold is made for squandering
Miser's silver is to hoard
My gold as the sky goes wandering
My silver is the drinking gourd
My silver is the drinking gourd

I was born to take the highway
I was born to chase a dream
Any road at all is my way
Any place is where I've been
Anything is what I've seen

I've skipped on concrete
Danced on cobbles
Stepped on pavement in the heat
I've seen where children crouched at marbles
Made chalk circles in the street
Found a penny at my feet
Found a penny at my feet

I was born to take the highway
I was born to chase a dream
Any road at all is my way
Any place is where I've been
Anything is what I've seen

Now I know a road that winds forever
Through the land the rainbows run
You cross the bridge from now till never
Take the first turn past the sun
Take the first turn beyond the sun

I was born to take the highway
I was born to chase a dream
Any road at all is my way
Any place is where I've been
Anything is what I've seen

© 1966; Gandalf Publishing Company

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Born To Take The Highway has been recorded by 2 others

Big Yellow Taxi (from "Treasures Of Joni Mitchell" - 2008)
Foggy Dew-O (from "Born To Take The Highway" - 1968)
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PeterL on 2013-May-07 at 15:31:28 GMT-5:
I wasn't aware of this until recently, and I think that the world would be a better place, if this song were better known. Or maybe it's just for a few of us.