Wednesday, February 22, 2006

Twisted - Joni Mitchell - Sing Along

~click here, scroll down to Twisted, pick your player and sing along~


My analyst told me
That I was right out of my head
The way he described it
He said I’d be better dead than live
I didn’t listen to his jive
I knew all along
That he was all wrong
And I knew that he thought
I was crazy but I’m not
Oh no

My analyst told me
That I was right out of my head
He said I’d need treatment
But I’m not that easily led
He said I was the type
That was most inclined
When out of his sight
To be out of my mind
And he thought I was nuts
No more ifs or ands or buts

They say as a child
I appeared a little bit wild
With all my crazy ideas
But I knew what was happening
I knew I was a genius...
What’s so strange when you know
That you’re a wizard at three
I knew that this was meant to be

Now I heard little children
Were supposed to sleep tight
That’s why I got into the vodka one night
My parents got frantic
Didn’t know what to do
But I saw some crazy scenes
Before I came to
Now do you think I was crazy
I may have been only three
But I was swinging

They all laugh at angry young men
They all laugh at edison
And also at einstein
So why should I feel sorry
If they just couldn’t understand
The idiomatic logic
That went on in my head
I had a brain
It was insane
Oh they used to laugh at me
When I refused to ride
On all those double decker buses
All because there was no driver on the top

My analyst told me
That I was right out of my head
But I said dear doctor
I think that it’s you instead
Because I have got a thing
That’s unique and new
To prove it I’ll have
The last laugh on you
’cause instead of one head
I got two
And you know two heads are better than one.

Joni Mitchell
"It was Court and Spark (1974), a hybrid of pop, rock, and folk with a jazzy sheen, that proved to be a huge success, producing such classic songs as "Free Man in Paris" (inspired by stories told by her producer and then-friend David Geffen), "Car On A Hill" and, most notably, "Help Me", which, to this day, remains her best selling single (it reached the Top Ten).

Court and Spark was also notable for the first echoes of the influence of jazz on Mitchell's work, and despite the commercial success of that album and the subsequent live record "Miles of Aisles," backed by the 70s pop-jazz outfit LA Express, she would spend the rest of the decade following that muse and creating more free-form, jazz-inflected music."
I can't express my love for Joni Mitchell enough. Court and Spark is one of the Best Recordings ever made. What I would give to be able to write one line as well as Joni does. Twisted is a silly song, but it was one of my favorites off this album. I could relate.

original post Feb.22, 2006


Bob said...

"Twisted" is a wonderfully whimsical song, and Court & Spark is of course a classic masterpiece. I'm sure you know, but I'll mention anyway that Joni didn't write the song, it's credited to Annie Ross (one of Joni's musical influences) and Wardell Gray, a saxophonist who is credited with the melody based on a solo of his. Twisted has been recorded by quite a few folks; Bette Midler, Jane Monheit among them - Joni really made it her own though, and nobody else thought to include Cheech & Chong!

Bogart said...

Thank you for your comments.I love to sing along with Joni on this one.