Song Lyrics

The Wizard of Is

by Joni Mitchell

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He's a little like the sunlight
As he walks into your kitchen
Kinda golden like the morning
As he asks you what you're fixin'
So you set the table pretty
With the flower that he brings you
And you flutter like a robin
When it's found a friend to sing to
And you think you maybe love him
For he speaks to you in riddles
About little men and Kings
As he holds you like a wizard
And you watch the sunlight scatter from his ring

And the Wizard is your moon now
Your enchanted silver jester
And he fills the dark with moonbirds
While you smile to think that yesterday
You watched him from the shadows
Like a thief who'd come to steal him
With a ladder on a mountain
And you thought you'd never reach him
For he seems too high above you
And he speaks to you in riddles
Saying I am but a mirror
For reflection of your fables
And the happy ending stories that you hear

© 1966; Gandalf Publishing Company


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phenry on

One question I put out there a long time ago was regarding the song '"The Wizard Of Is" which Joni wrote and used to perform regularly. Back in '98 when I first wrote about it as one of the songs she taught me, no one had ever heard of it. The thing is she wrote it to the tune and chords of Leonard Cohen's Suzanne and that was the song I really wanted to learn so I asked her to teach me the chords but only so I could perform Suzanne. Now someone has found the lyrics and a live recording and people now know I was telling the truth about the melody and chords.