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This song appears on the album 'Song to a Seagull'

This song appears on the album 'Travelogue'

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

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The Dawntreader

by Joni Mitchell   Printer-friendly version of this lyric

Peridots and periwinkle blue medallions
Gilded galleons spilled across the ocean floor
Treasure somewhere in the sea and he will find where
Never mind their questions there's no answer for
The roll of the harbor wake
The songs that the rigging makes
The taste of the spray he takes
And he learns to give
He aches and he learns to live
He stakes all his silver
On a promise to be free
Mermaids live in colonies
All his seadreams come to me

City satins left at home I will not need them
I believe him when he tells of loving me
Something truthful in the sea your lies will find you
Leave behind your streets he said and come to me
Come down from the neon nights
Come down from the tourist sights
Run down till the rain delights you
You do not hide
Sunlight will renew your pride
Skin white by skin golden
Like a promise to be free
Dolphins playing in the sea
All his seadreams come to me

Seabird I have seen you fly above the pilings
I am smiling at your circles in the air
I will come and sit by you while he lies sleeping
Fold your fleet wings I have brought some dreams to share
A dream that you love someone
A dream that the wars are done
A dream that you tell no one but the grey sea
They'll say that you're crazy
And a dream of a baby
Like a promise to be free
Children laughing out to sea
All his seadreams come to me


© 1968; Siquomb Publishing Company

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danno on 2012-Apr-06 at 12:49:54 GMT-5:
this is such a stoner song. if you've ever sailed a lot on a 32 footer on the great lakes or ocean with a beer or joint in hand, this is a song/album to play... along with carly simons album 'have u seen me lately' the song 'life is eternal' and the sun on the waves baby.