Song of the Day #1,660: ‘I Wish I Were In Love Again’ – Joni Mitchell

joni_mitchell_both_sides_nowIt’s funny that, for a guy who isn’t a fan of Joni Mitchell, I own four of her albums.

I bought Court and Spark and Blue somewhere along the way in my quest to own all of the albums a person should own. I never listen to them, but I gave them a shot.

I also own Hits (courtesy of my sister, a Mitchell fan) and Both Sides Now, a 2000 covers album which might have spontaneously generated on my CD shelf, because I have no recollection of how it got there.

On that album, Mitchell performs a series of classic torch songs as well as two of her own hits (‘Both Sides Now’ and ‘A Case of You’). Whether due to time or a conscious decision, her voice is much deeper and smokier than the usual bird-chirping style I find so annoying, and as a result I like the record more than anything else of hers I’ve heard.

The sleepless nights
The daily fights
The quick toboggan when you reach the heights
I miss the kisses and I miss the bites
I wish I were in love again

The broken dates
The endless waits
The lovely loving and the hateful hates
The conversations with the flying plates
I wish I were in love again

No more pain
No no more strain
Now I’m sane
But I’d rather be punch drunk

The flying fur of cat and cur
The fine mismatching of a him and her
I’ve learned my lesson but
I wish I were in love again

The furtive sigh
The blackened eye
The words I love you ’til the day I die
The self-deception that believes that lie
I wish I were in love again

When love congeals
It soon reveals
The faint aroma of performing seals
The double-crossing of a pair of heels
I wish I were in love again

No more care
No more despair
Now I’m all there
But I’d rather be punch drunk

Believe me sir, I much prefer
The classic battle of a him and her
I don’t like quiet and I wish I were
In love again
In love again


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5 thoughts on “Song of the Day #1,660: ‘I Wish I Were In Love Again’ – Joni Mitchell

  1. Dana says:

    I think the culprit for the voice change is right there on the album cover.

  2. Andrea Katz says:

    I really like this old lounge singer type of song which suits her voice now, but what an alternate universe contrasting your opinion and mine about her voice now and then. To me, it’s like saying, I hated that beautiful, clear spring water and am so much happier with this polluted well. Do you really hear a chirpy bird? I was delighted recently with K.D. Lang’s cover of “Help Me” but the voices sounded pretty similar. I just can’t fathom your distaste. Her voice is high but so soulful and passionate. Anyway, this is all a matter of personal taste so my rave is moot and over. :)

  3. Amy says:

    I know I’m late to the debate, but I’ve chimed in before. As Andrea says, it’s a matter of personal taste, on the one hand. On the other, there are certain objective “truths” on which we ought to be able to agree. While you might prefer her smoke riddled and aged voice, I’d find it strange if you objectively suggested her voice has gotten better. I like Andrea’s metaphor, and I think it’s particularly apt in “Chelsea Morning,” which sort of makes me feel as if I’m taking a dip in that clear spring pond every time I hear the song.

  4. Clay says:

    I’m sure her voice hasn’t gotten “better” in the sense of what notes she can hit or how long she can sustain them. But it’s certainly nicer to listen to (for me) in this song than in her early material.

  5. Amy says:

    Love that Tina Fey. Great clip :)

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