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Artist: Joni Mitchell Lyrics


They paved paradise and 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 lot

They took all the trees and put 'em in a tree museum
And then they charged all the people twenty-five bucks just 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 put up a parking lot

Hey farmer, farmer, put away your DDT 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

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 carried off 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 and put up a parking lot

Text & Musik: Joni Mitchell
(c) 1970 Siquomb Publishing Corp. (BMI)



Key Questions
Essential : Is this song influenced by the Romantic Movement?

   1. Using the first three stanzas, show how paradise, trees and apples are
      both metaphors and allegorical to the biblical story of Adam and Eve.

   2. How do the concepts that were important to the Romantics appear in the
      song?

   3. Second to last stanza changes the apparent meaning of the song and
      gives it the title “Beg Yellow Taxi”. Explain how and why.



Concepts:

Religion, Life & Death, Authority, Relationships, Exploring, Questioning, Nature



Bibliography

Mitchell, Joni. Big Yellow Taxi (lyrics). Siquomb Publishing Corp. (BMI): New York
       1970. < www.BMI.com/www.lyrics007.com>

				
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