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Come to the Sunshine

by Joni Mitchell   Printer-friendly version of this lyric

Now comes the morning
Wet with the kiss of midnight
Shadows stayed sulking in the way
Sunshine for dreaming
Blackest magic to believe in
Spectrums and rainbows and days
I never saw a sky so free
Never so blue
Morning with mystic pagaentry
Unveils a time for sharing love with you

Come to the sunshine
Share in the quiet of knowing
No need for telling you sometimes
When all the answers are
So plainly showing

Teach me to tell you
All the feelings I've been learning
Tell me to teach you my heart
New words are crazy
Old love words keep returning
All words seem wrong from the start
So I will tell with my eyes
Say it with a kiss
Silence that asks and looks so wise
And needs no answer on a day like this

Come to the sunshine
Share in the quiet of knowing
No need for telling you sometimes
When all the answers are
So plainly showing

© 1966; Gandalf Publishing Company

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Here is Joni's introduction to this song from her performance at The Wisdom Tooth in Detroit on November 15, 1966:

I did a movie up in Canada that should be shown sometime in December, maybe on channel 9 only. Channel 9 always gets sort of leftover Canadian programs so you can never be sure. But it’s for Expo ’67, which if you don’t know, is our big celebration up in Canada. And suddenly Canadians have become very patriotic and they sort of – if you’re a Canadian and you’re doing something musically or artistically or something they’re suddenly very proud of you and they want to show you off. So as a result I’m getting quite a bit of television work up in Canada – although they’ve ignored me for two years (laughter). And I just did a show that is probably the most patriotic of all shows because finally they’ve sort of decided a way to unify French Canadians and English Canadians. Because you know the French Canadians have their own TV stations and their own networks and they really don’t pay much attention to what’s going on in the English-speaking rest of the country – they sort of are a little country within themselves. And so what they’ve done is they have a program that I was on called Mon Pays, Mes Chansons - it’s directed by a Frenchman so the title’s in French – My Country, My Songs – and on each show they showcase one province and two performers – a French Canadian and an English Canadian singer. The French Canadian did his part of the show before I got there – I did the province of Alberta – and he had already left by the time we got there. I noticed on the set that they had French and English toilets (laughter) but there could have been more ornery things.

So anyway we came to this song which is called “Come To The Sunshine” and the only draggy thing was that the day I arrived it was raining and it had been raining for a week before that and so we had a little difficulty in getting the proper mood because you couldn’t really sing a song like “Come To The Sunshine” in the rain, ya know. It’s like in this movie tonight where they’re singing “In the good ole summertime” and it’s the middle of winter. So finally we found 2 hours of sunshine and we madly rushed out to this place that’s called The Big Rock, mainly because in the middle of this farmer’s field there’s a big rock that weighs 14,000 tons, and it was brought down by the last glacier in that area. And it’s quite a marvelous thing because it’s right where the prairies meet the foothills and they look kind of like American mountains and then there are the Canadian Rockies above that (laughter). That’s not really true I think there are one or two mountains in the States that are kind of like our rocky range. I guess I better quit while I’m ahead (laughs).

No, I’m just kidding but there was this big field and it kind of rolled and the big rock was in the middle, and then there were the foothills and the mountains. Well what I was supposed to do was I was supposed to wade gracefully through this field of wheat and then at the end of the song turn and wade off towards the big rock which was down in the valley, see. And the only thing was that it had been raining like I said for several weeks. And although it looks very sun-shiny and innocent on the surface as I walk waist-deep in wheat every once in a while I would be neck-deep (laughter) and it wasn’t because the wheat got longer it was because the soil got squishy-er (laughs) so it took us about 4 takes to get me walking sort of on an even keel ‘cause I’d keep falling off into pits and quicksand and things like that. This song goes like this…

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Big Yellow Taxi (from "Unknown And Famous Songs Of Joni Mitchell" - 2006)
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