Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Welcoming April and National Poetry Month

For mere "folk", the song lyrics here offer a lot to sink your teeth into. 
Joni Mitchell at her mature best. 
Enjoy.



Magdalene is trembling
Like a washing on a line
Trembling and gleaming
Never before was a man so kind
Never so redeeming

Enter the multitudes
In exxon blue
In radiation rose
Ecstasy
Now you tell me
Who you gonna get to do the dirty work
When all the slaves are free? 
(who’re you gonna get)

I am up a sycamore
Looking through the leaves
A sinner of some position
Who in the world can this heart healer be
This magical physician

Enter the multitudes
In exxon blue
In radiation rose
Misery
Now you tell me
Who you gonna get to do the dirty work
When all the slaves are free? 
(who’re you gonna get)

Enter the multitudes
The walking wounded
They come to this diver of the heart
Of the multitudes
Thy kingdom come
Thy will be done

Oh, climb down, climb down he says to me
From the middle of unrest
They think is light is squandered
But he sees a stray in the wilderness
And I see how far I’ve wandered

Enter the multitudes
In exxon blue
In radiation rose
Apathy
Now you tell me
Who you gonna get to do the dirty work
When all the slaves are free? 
(who’re you gonna get)

Enter the multitudes
The walking wounded
They come to this diver of the heart
Of the multitudes
Thy kingdom come
Thy will be done

Oh, all around the marketplace
The buzzing of the flies
The buzzing and the stinging
Divinely barren
And wickedly wise
The killer nails are ringing

Enter the multitudes
In exxon blue
In radiation rose
Tragedy
Now you tell me
Who you gonna get to do the dirty work
When all the slaves are free? 
(who’re you gonna get)

4 comments:

  1. Poetry Month again. I'm not keeping up with things these days. Thanks for the heads up.

    I do love Joni!

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  2. Palm fronds
    strewn along the road
    Why are they there?
    He passed a while ago
    and the people cried "King," "King."
    He tried to diabuse them of the notion
    but they believed,
    at least for now,
    they believed.

    A poem for Palm Sunday, Pagan Sphinx, and for April, poetry month. Isn't it amazing that you can write poetry about a subject even when you've lost all faith?

    I love the poem you posted... :)

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  3. Hi Cloudie, Bobby and Mary!

    Mary: is that a poem you wrote? Whatever - thanks for sharing it.
    Regarding who climbing up the sycamore - I did a little research because I remember discussing the meaning of this song years ago on a music lyrics discussion list. The reference is about a minor character in the bible. There are several Zacharius's in the bible but this is in an old bible song:

    Zacchaeus was a wee little man
    And a wee little man was he
    He climbed up in a sycamore tree
    For the Lord he wanted to see
    And as the Savior passed that way
    He looked up in that tree
    And He said, "Zacchaeus, you come down!
    For I'm going to your house today
    For I'm going to your house to stay"

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