Song of the Day #5,150: ‘Big Yellow Taxi (Live)’ – Joni Mitchell

The New York Times

Continuing to showcase footage from Joni Mitchell’s recent appearance at the Newport Folk Festival…

Every musician onstage got a change to contribute to the next clip, ‘Big Yellow Taxi,’ and the audience was encouraged to sing along as well.

Mitchell still managed to be heard among the crowd, however, and worked in some nifty dance moves for a woman who wasn’t able to walk or talk not too long ago.

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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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