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Big Yellow Taxi By: Joni Mitchell

About Joni Mitchell:*Full name: Roberta Joan Anderson *Born: November 7th, 1943 *Birth Place: Fort Macleod, Alberta, Canada*Her Views on the Issue: She wants people to see that they are destroying the beauty of the Earth and is telling them about how they realize how much they have until it's gone.*Awards: Joni Mitchell won eight Grammy awards. One in 1969, another one in 1974, two in 1995, one in 2000 and 2002, and two awards in 2007.

Popular Songs:*Big Yellow Taxi*Woodstock*The Circle Game*A Free Man in Paris*Carey

About Big Yellow Taxi:*It was written in 1970 and was part of the album entitled Ladies of the Canyon.*The genre is folk rock.*The song is mostly about environmental concern and not taking things for granted.

A Breakdown of the Issues:*The topic of Big Yellow Taxi is mostly dealing with concern for the environment and not taking things for granted. -"They paved paradise and put up a parking lot"/ "Hey farmer farmer put away that D.D.T. now"/ "Don't it always seem to go that you don't know what you've got till it's gone"*Joni Mitchell was inspired to write this song when she was on a trip to Hawaii. She said, "I wrote 'Big Yellow Taxi' on my first 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. 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. That's when I sat down and wrote the song."

Joni Mitchell-Big Yellow TaxiThey paved paradiseAnd put up a parking lot With a pink hotel, a boutique And a swinging hot spot Don't it always seem to go That you don't know what you've got 'Till it's gone They paved paradise And put up a parking lotThey took all the trees And put them in a tree museum And they charged all the people A dollar and a half to see 'em Don't it always seem to go That you don't know what you've got 'Till it's gone They paved paradise And they put up a parking lot Hey farmer farmer Put away that D.D.T. now Give me spots on my apples But leave me the birds and the bees Please Don't it always seem to go That you don't know what you've got 'Till it's gone They paved paradise And put up a parking lot Late last night I heard the screen door slam And a big yellow taxi Took away my old man Don't it always seem to go That you don't know what you've got 'Till it's gone They paved paradise And put up a parking lot Don't it always seem to go That you don't know what you've got 'Till it's gone They paved paradise Put up a parking lot They paved paradise And put up a parking lot They paved paradise Put up a parking lot


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