Song of the Day #4,117: ‘Big Yellow Taxi’ – Joni Mitchell

Joni Mitchell recorded this environmentally conscious classic in 1970, inspired by a trip to Hawaii.

“I took a taxi to the hotel and when I woke up the next morning, I threw back the curtains and saw these beautiful green mountains in the distance,” she told an interviewer. “Then, I looked down and there was a parking lot as far as the eye could see, and it broke my heart… this blight on paradise.”

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