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This song appears on the album 'Blue'

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

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This Flight Tonight

by Joni Mitchell   Printer-friendly version of this lyric

Look out the left, the captain said
The lights down there that's where we'll land
I saw a falling star burn up
Above the Las Vegas sands
It wasn't the one that you gave to me
That night down south between the trailers
Not the early one
That you can wish upon
Not the northern one
That guides in the sailors

Oh starlight, star bright
You've got the lovin' that I like all right
Turn this crazy bird around
I shouldn't have got on this flight tonight

You got the touch so gentle and sweet
But you've got that look so critical
Now I can't talk to you baby
I get so weak
Sometimes I think love is just mythical
Up there's a heaven
Down there's a town
Blackness everywhere and little lights shine
Oh blackness blackness dragging me down
Come on light the candle in this poor heart of mine

Oh starlight, star bright
You've got the lovin' that I like all right
Turn this crazy bird around
I shouldn't hove got on this flight tonight

I'm drinking sweet champagne
Got the headphones up high
Can't numb you out
Can't drum you out of my mind
They're playing Goodbye baby, Baby Goodbye
Ooh ooh love is blind
Up go the flaps down go the wheels
I hope you got your heat turned on baby
I hope they finally fixed your automobile
I hope it's better when we meet again baby

Starlight, star bright
You got the lovin' that I like all right
Turn this crazy bird around
I shouldn't have got on this flight tonight

© 1970; Joni Mitchell

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Guitar Transcriptions of This Flight Tonight

This Flight Tonight has been recorded by 47 others

A Bird That Whistles (from "A Bird That Whistles" - 1996)
Adam Theis (Jazz Mafia) featuring Aima the Dreamer & Erica Dee (from "UnderCover, Faultline Studios and Kalx Present: Joni Mitchell's Blue" - 2012)
Allison Scola and Anna Dagmar (from "Joni Mitchell's Blue: a 40th Anniversary Celebration" - 2012)
Anne SeeYou (from "Like a river (Talking to my piano) " - 2006)
Antonioli, Laurie (from "Songs of Shadow, Songs of Light " - 2014)
Blind Guardian (- )
Bros Rock Crew (from "Strictly b-boy BREAKS Volume 2" - )
Burning Vision (from "Fear of reality" - )
Chisholm, Shane  (from "No One Came" - 2011)
Craig, Sara (from "Back To The Garden" - 1992)
Craig, Sara (from "(Live)" - 1993)
Diamond Head (from "Evil Live" - 1994)
Doogie White (from "Another Hair of the Dog: A Tribute to Nazareth" - 2001)
E-Clypse (from "Came Upon A Child of God" - 2000)
Farkasember, Jay (- )
Go Four 3 (from "No Means No" - 1986)
Grimmett, Steve  (from "Voices Of British Heavy Metal " - 2011)
Heaven's Gate (from "In Control" - 1989)
Hydra (- )
Imagine (- )
Iron Savior (from "Iron Savior" - 1997)
Jengis (from "13 (thirteen)" - 2013)
Last, James (from "Non Stop Dancing 1974/2" - 1974)
Little Emporer (- 2001)
Mackin, Kirstie (- )
Maggie Hollinbeck & Graham Sobelman (from "Another Shade Of Blue" - 2014)
Mama's Boys (from "Live Tonite" - 1991)
Margot Macdonald & John Jennings With One Horse Town (from "Strathmore Presents - A Tribute To Joni Mitchell" - 2009)
Mastaman (from "Seventies Styla" - 1995)
Naked (- 2005)
Nazareth (from "Loud & Proud" - 1973)
Nazareth (from "Move Me" - 1994)
Nazareth (from "No Jive" - 1992)
Nazareth (from "single - mono version" - 1973)
Nazareth (from "Snaz (Live 1981)" - 1997)
Phantoms of Future (from "This Flight Tonight" - 1995)
Pura Fe (from "Full Moon Rising" - 2009)
Robin Adler & Mutts of the Planet (from "Joni Mitchell's Blue & Court And Spark - Live At Dizzy's" - 2011)
Rumba Club (from "Radio Mundo" - 2001)
Sandbloom, Kevin (from "Sandbloom Still Blue" - 2011)
Shaw, Ian (from "Famous Rainy Day" - 1995)
The Practicers (from "Smooth & Raw" - 2000)
Wayne (from "Turns Per Minute" - )
While, Chris (from "Festival Folk Sing Joni Mitchell" - 2010)
Widow (from "Rockit" - 1985)
WISH (- )
Zimmer's Hole (from "Legion of Flames" - )
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