Song of the Day #5,152: ‘The Circle Game’ – Joni Mitchell

The New York Times

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

‘Both Sides Now’ would have made a perfect closing song for Mitchell’s set, but she decided to end with another of her wistful hits, ‘The Circle Game.’ Accompanied by both her fellow musicians and the crowd, Mitchell sang her ode to the fleeting beauty of childhood.

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Song of the Day #4,632: ‘The Circle Game’ – Joni Mitchell

Yesterday, I bemoaned the fact that 2000’s Both Sides Now wasn’t made up entirely of Joni Mitchell revisiting her back catalog. Well, Mitchell obliged with her next release, 2002’s Travelogue.

This double album, which Mitchell said would be her last release, presents 22 songs from across her 30+ year career, in new arrangements and backed by a full orchestra.

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Song of the Day #3,928: ‘The Circle Game’ – Joni Mitchell

This early Joni Mitchell song is one of her most popular, having been covered by more than 200 artists. It follows a boy through childhood, comparing the passage of time to a carousel.

Mitchell released this song on her 1970 album Ladies of the Canyon, a few years after it had already shown up on albums by Buffy Sainte-Marie and Tom Rush.

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