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This song appears on the album 'Court and Spark'

This song appears on the album 'Miles of Aisles'

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

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People's Parties

by Joni Mitchell   Printer-friendly version of this lyric

All the people at this party
They've got a lot of style
They've got stamps of many countries
They've got passport smiles
Some are friendly
Some are cutting
Some are watching it from the wings
Some are standing in the centre
Giving to get something

Photo beauty gets attention
Then her eye paint's running down
She's got a rose in her teeth
And a lampshade crown
One minute she's so happy
Then she's crying on someone's knee
Saying laughing and crying
You know it's the same release

I told you when I met you
I was crazy
Cry for us all beauty
Cry for Eddie in the corner
Thinking he's nobody
And Jack behind his joker
And stone-cold Grace behind her fan
And me in my frightened silence
Thinking I don't understand

I feel like I'm sleeping
Can you wake me
You seem to have a broader sensibility
I'm just living on nerves and feelings
With a weak and a lazy mind
And coming to peoples parties
Fumbling deaf dumb and blind

I wish I had more sense of humor
Keeping the sadness at bay
Throwing the lightness on these things
Laughing it all away
Laughing it alI away
Laughing it all away


© 1973; Crazy Crow Music

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People's Parties has been recorded by 22 others

Anne SeeYou (from "Like a river (Talking to my piano) " - 2006)
Antonioli, Laurie (from "Songs of Shadow, Songs of Light " - 2014)
Bellalala (- )
Big Yellow Taxi (from "Unknown And Famous Songs Of Joni Mitchell" - 2006)
Buckley, Jeff  (from "Live at Sin-E 12/31/95" - 1995)
Carlson, Erik (- 2006)
Chris Lawley & LaLaVox (- 2008)
Evennett, Nic  (- 2011)
Irma Schultz Keller (from "Blank is sÃ¥nger av Joni Mitchell " - 2010)
Lee, Chelsea (from "Strathmore Presents - A Tribute To Joni Mitchell" - 2009)
Lettau, Kevyn (from "Simple Life" - 1992)
Lydia Van Dam Group (from "Both Sides Now" - 1999)
Mandrup & Darling (- )
Moishe Lichtfuss & The A-Signifying Semiotics (from "The Cecil Twain EP" - )
Montgomery, Carolyn  (from "Reveille" - )
Panic Painters (from "Farewell" - 1996)
Reeds, J. Michael  (from "8th & Mona Lisa" - 2006)
Robin Adler & Mutts of the Planet (from "Joni Mitchell's Blue & Court And Spark - Live At Dizzy's" - 2011)
Thorn, Rebecca (from "This Is Why" - )
Waters, Caroline (from "Exposed" - 2010)
Williams, Ryan (- 2004)
Yoghill (from "Jonisongs" - 2003)
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docgrass on 2015-Apr-03 at 09:57:00 GMT-5:
I had read somewhere that Joni wrote this during the time she was with Warren Beatty and attending some parties with a lot of Hollywood folks. It mentioned Jack Nicholson as the "Jack" mentioned here and I find it amazing that Joni references "his joker" since he actually ended up playing the Joker in Batman (1989), about 16 years in the future! Well, I don't know if any of that is true, only Joni would, but I am very intrigued if it is.
kiwi on 2015-Jan-03 at 16:55:47 GMT-5:
A Masterpiece!