Joni Mitchell — Dreamland
Album: Don Juan's Reckless Daughter
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Released: 1977
Length: 4:35
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It's a long, long way from Canada
A long way from snow chains
Donkey vendors slicing coconut
No parkas to their name
Black babies covered in baking flour
The cook's got a carnival song
We're going to lay down someplace shady
With dreamland coming on
Dreamland, dreamland
Dreamland, dreamland

Walter Raleigh and Chris Columbus
Come marching out of the waves
And claim the beach and all concessions
In the name of the suntan slave
I wrapped that flag around me
Like a Dorothy Lamour sarong
And I lay down thinking national
With dreamland coming on
Dreamland, dreamland
Dreamland, dreamland

Goodtime Mary and a fortune hunter
All dressed up to follow the drums
Mary in a feather hula-hoop
Miss Fortune with a rose on her big game gun
All saints, all sinners shining
Heed those trumpets all night long
Propped up on a samba beat
With dreamland coming on
Dreamland, dreamland
Dreamland, dreamland

Tar baby and the Great White Wonder
Talking over a glass of rum
Burning on the inside
With the knowledge of things to come
There's gambling out on the terrace
And midnight ramblin' on the lawn
As they lead toward temptation
With dreamland coming on
Dreamland, dreamland
Dreamland, dreamland

In a plane flying back to winter
In shoes full of tropic sand
A lady in a foreign flag
On the arm of her Marlboro Man
The hawk howls in New York City
Six foot drifts on Myrtle's lawn
As they push the recline buttons down
With dreamland coming on
Dreamland, dreamland
Dreamland, dreamland

La, La ...
African sand on the trade winds
And the sun on the Amazon
As they push the reline buttons down
With dreamland coming on
Dreamland, dreamland
Dreamland, dreamland
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 On_The_Beach wrote:

As opposed to "appropriating" the blues (also Africans, just enslaved ones), which pretty much every rock band in history did?

 
Yes, as opposed. The appropriation here is a form of minstrelsy whereas the blues appropriations were more adaptive and created Rock and Roll by mixing in other genres.
Did someone forget to say 'STOP'? 
 thewiseking wrote:
Never dug these African appropriations, whether by Joni, Paul Simon or whomever was doing the appropriating.
 
As opposed to "appropriating" the blues (also Africans, just enslaved ones), which pretty much every rock band in history did?
Never dug these African appropriations, whether by Joni, Paul Simon or whomever was doing the appropriating.
Read Joni Mitchel-In Her Own Words. 3 different interviews early mid and late career by a friend Malka Marom 
Joni is on a very different creative level to most, she bares her soul in her songs.  Great reading and they put in some of her lyrics and you realize their relevance and beauty. 
 konakid wrote:
Love this song! Love Joni! What a diverse artist she is. Thanks for reminding me of that quite often Bill and Rebecca! BTW if you haven't heard Rodger Mcgwinn's cover of this song I highly suggest checking it out. Happy 4/20/17 everybody!{#Bananasplit}

 
{#Cheers} Cheers and Aloha! I'll think of you when I'm having my Maui Wowie when I get home tonight!
Love this song! Love Joni! What a diverse artist she is. Thanks for reminding me of that quite often Bill and Rebecca! BTW if you haven't heard Rodger Mcgwinn's cover of this song I highly suggest checking it out. Happy 4/20/17 everybody!{#Bananasplit}
Dig it!  Thanks for the insight on the musicians Bill.  LOVE Jaco!
 hayduke2 wrote:
 Amen to all who love Joni. In the here and now and in the beyond. Amen I say.

Posted: Feb 24, 2017 - 09:15
 

 fedtho wrote:
My luck is I have a brother 9 years older than me; he had Joni's double live album "Shadows and light", with Jaco Pastorius, Michael Brecker, Don Alias, Pat Metheny.... the music just poured right into me, I was at home in there right away.
Their rendition of "Dreamland" is absolutely gorgeous. That's the first version I heard, so I can't help favoring it over the studio original - but the latter is very rich as well.

I will just say I'm convinced Joni Mitchell is an honest artist in that she's actually trying to express something she feels the need to express. She's not posing, she's not trying to sound like anyone. So I don't think the hate displayed here is the least bit founded.

Thanks to hayduke2 for reposting lemmoth's repost of cynaera's great post  {#Jump}

  
 lemmoth wrote:
Wise words from our dear departed friend:

 
Cynaera wrote:
I read a few comments about this song and Ms. Mitchell in general, and I'll just say that there are a few songs of hers that I don't listen to because I don't understand them. Mostly, though, I listen because I know there's something that I'm supposed to understand, and if I don't get it right away, I listen until I do get it, and I feel better, more strong, more smart, more of a human being as a result.

It's easy to write off her music. She doesn't fit into a particular genre or groove. She doesn't re-bend to fit the form.  Rather, she bends the form to fit.

I'm sorry if people have a problem with that, but I love her music - always have, always will. Sometimes, it's a struggle to understand her motive or her message, but I love the puzzle.  Such is the Joni that those who've followed her already know and embrace.

To those who are hearing her work for the first time, welcome to the wild. Forget everything you ever learned about music as you know it - you're about to walk into a realm where all the rules disappear and everything is possible.  To those who hate Ms. Mitchell's music part and parcel, I nod my head and watch you walk away, with no love lost.
  

Great music and beautiful people : ) 

 


 fedtho wrote:
My luck is I have a brother 9 years older than me; he had Joni's double live album "Shadows and light", with Jaco Pastorius, Michael Brecker, Don Alias, Pat Metheny.... the music just poured right into me, I was at home in there right away.
Their rendition of "Dreamland" is absolutely gorgeous. That's the first version I heard, so I can't help favoring it over the studio original - but the latter is very rich as well.

I will just say I'm convinced Joni Mitchell is an honest artist in that she's actually trying to express something she feels the need to express. She's not posing, she's not trying to sound like anyone. So I don't think the hate displayed here is the least bit founded.

Thanks to hayduke2 for reposting lemmoth's repost of cynaera's great post  {#Jump}

 
 lemmoth wrote:
Wise words from our dear departed friend:

 
Cynaera wrote:
I read a few comments about this song and Ms. Mitchell in general, and I'll just say that there are a few songs of hers that I don't listen to because I don't understand them. Mostly, though, I listen because I know there's something that I'm supposed to understand, and if I don't get it right away, I listen until I do get it, and I feel better, more strong, more smart, more of a human being as a result.

It's easy to write off her music. She doesn't fit into a particular genre or groove. She doesn't re-bend to fit the form.  Rather, she bends the form to fit.

I'm sorry if people have a problem with that, but I love her music - always have, always will. Sometimes, it's a struggle to understand her motive or her message, but I love the puzzle.  Such is the Joni that those who've followed her already know and embrace.

To those who are hearing her work for the first time, welcome to the wild. Forget everything you ever learned about music as you know it - you're about to walk into a realm where all the rules disappear and everything is possible.  To those who hate Ms. Mitchell's music part and parcel, I nod my head and watch you walk away, with no love lost.
  

Great music and beautiful people : ) 
 shakylegs wrote:
Lily-white-ass middle-class middle-aged Canadian woman trying to get down with the homeboys. It doesn't work.

 
That lily-white-ass Canadian woman lived in Detroit's notorious Cass Corridor from 1965-1967. It was a crime-ridden slum with a thriving art and music scene and lots of Bohemian excesses. I suspect that white Canadian woman learned a thing or two about music and life from the people you so quaintly call homeboys.

It took serious balls to move to the Cass Corridor in 1965. It was two years before the Detroit riot of 1967, and the rage was already at a boiling point in the African-American community. I have a little experience in the corridor. Take my word for it. 
 dewhead wrote:
I logged on so I could rate this song a 1. After logging on I discovered I had already previously rated it a 1. I wish I could rate it a -10. It's just awful and seems to go on forever. Sucko-barfo indeeed!

 
By itself, maybe it's not enjoyable, but I love that Don Juan album and this is part of it, so I think of it in that context.
Love Joni.  She's the real deal, although she may not be for everyone.
Taking skill down the path of vulnerability, risk, innovation. Joni is an artist through and through.
 I concur.
dewhead wrote:
I logged on so I could rate this song a 1. After logging on I discovered I had already previously rated it a 1. I wish I could rate it a -10. It's just awful and seems to go on forever. Sucko-barfo indeeed!

 


I logged on so I could rate this song a 1. After logging on I discovered I had already previously rated it a 1. I wish I could rate it a -10. It's just awful and seems to go on forever. Sucko-barfo indeeed!
 shakylegs wrote:
Lily-white-ass middle-class middle-aged Canadian woman trying to get down with the homeboys. It doesn't work.

 
Not only are you wrong but you're not showing much class.
 shakylegs wrote:
Lily-white-ass middle-class middle-aged Canadian woman trying to get down with the homeboys. It doesn't work.

 
1977. Not sure what the homeboys were up to then.
Lily-white-ass middle-class middle-aged Canadian woman trying to get down with the homeboys. It doesn't work.
Best of Joni.  I give it a 1.  Not a fan, sorry.
Every time I hear this I wonder when the intro is going to end and the song proper start playing. You'd think I'd be wiser by now.
 Derick210 wrote:
Does anyone know tUnE-yArDs? This seems like something that artist heard and said - today's audience could totally dig this tyPE of erratic, beat-driven sound. 
 
Good call. She totally owes Joni a debt.
 fedtho wrote:
My luck is I have a brother 9 years older than me; he had Joni's double live album "Shadows and light", with Jaco Pastorius, Michael Brecker, Don Alias, Pat Metheny.... the music just poured right into me, I was at home in there right away.

 
AND LYLE MAYS dammit. I don't know who he pissed off to be excluded every time someone mentions that album, but folks should know of his work. Brilliant stuff with Metheney - especially their "As Falls Wichita..." album. But his solo work and his TED performance are all mandatory.
My luck is I have a brother 9 years older than me; he had Joni's double live album "Shadows and light", with Jaco Pastorius, Michael Brecker, Don Alias, Pat Metheny.... the music just poured right into me, I was at home in there right away.
Their rendition of "Dreamland" is absolutely gorgeous. That's the first version I heard, so I can't help favoring it over the studio original - but the latter is very rich as well.

I will just say I'm convinced Joni Mitchell is an honest artist in that she's actually trying to express something she feels the need to express. She's not posing, she's not trying to sound like anyone. So I don't think the hate displayed here is the least bit founded.

Thanks to hayduke2 for reposting lemmoth's repost of cynaera's great post  {#Jump}
 lemmoth wrote:
Wise words from our dear departed friend:

 
Cynaera wrote:
I read a few comments about this song and Ms. Mitchell in general, and I'll just say that there are a few songs of hers that I don't listen to because I don't understand them. Mostly, though, I listen because I know there's something that I'm supposed to understand, and if I don't get it right away, I listen until I do get it, and I feel better, more strong, more smart, more of a human being as a result.

It's easy to write off her music. She doesn't fit into a particular genre or groove. She doesn't re-bend to fit the form.  Rather, she bends the form to fit.

I'm sorry if people have a problem with that, but I love her music - always have, always will. Sometimes, it's a struggle to understand her motive or her message, but I love the puzzle.  Such is the Joni that those who've followed her already know and embrace.

To those who are hearing her work for the first time, welcome to the wild. Forget everything you ever learned about music as you know it - you're about to walk into a realm where all the rules disappear and everything is possible.  To those who hate Ms. Mitchell's music part and parcel, I nod my head and watch you walk away, with no love lost.
 

 
great piece of music  : )
 FlatCat wrote:Yep,Both. Dream on Dreamland.
Is the chorus saying "Dream Land" or "Dream on"?

 


Jaco played bass on this great album. He did for bass what The Beatles did for song writing.
 lososs wrote:
 aspicer wrote:
Digging it - surprised by the low rating.  


{#Music} 
indeed!



 
May be a connection between this low rating and the high ratings some of the country muzak gets...
 sirtezza wrote:
The Joni bashing here is bewildering/depressing. is it fashionable somewhere?
If it's not to your taste just hit the PSD button and move on. 
Some of the comments are just simple nastiness.

 
I totally agree, there is way too much negativity at play on these comment boards, Like Mama always says"If you haven't got anything good to say, don't say anything" And the PSD button is there for a reason.
 
dig Chaka Khan's bg vox 
The Joni bashing here is bewildering/depressing. is it fashionable somewhere?
If it's not to your taste just hit the PSD button and move on. 
Some of the comments are just simple nastiness.
More like Nightmare Land
2 ->1 geez this is just horrible
Got to hand it to Joni for consistency: she doesn't improve with age.
 I agree wholeheartedly.  Never heard this before, and don't know what to make of it.  Methinks I need a few more listens to fully make up my mind.

milleronic wrote:
Wow. Don't know if I love this or hate this. Anyway, RP pulls through in playing something I've never heard before.

 


The station enjoys a pretty user friendly GUI.
Need an auto 'PSD' for anytime Joni Mitchell is played.
 ShoePuke wrote:
I am a bit shocked by the use of 'tarbaby' and other slurs...

 
And Joni dressed like a black man on the album cover. Sounds like she's gotten your attention as planned.
Me, I love this album. 
Does anyone know tUnE-yArDs? This seems like something that artist heard and said - today's audience could totally dig this tyPE of erratic, beat-driven sound. 
I love particularly the percussions on this song!!!!! {#Smile}
Is the chorus saying "Dream Land" or "Dream on"?
Wow. Don't know if I love this or hate this. Anyway, RP pulls through in playing something I've never heard before.
{#Sleep}
 aspicer wrote:
Digging it - surprised by the low rating.  


{#Music} 
indeed!


I am a bit shocked by the use of 'tarbaby' and other slurs...
Digging it - surprised by the low rating.  
Nice!
 On_The_Beach wrote:
Kudos to Bill for playing some of Joni's more "challenging" work, despite the incessant whining of the haters. This is part of what made her great; she didn't pander to the masses.
Indeed. 


This song is worth a listen just for the album name...
Kudos to Bill for playing some of Joni's more "challenging" work, despite the incessant whining of the haters. This is part of what made her great; she didn't pander to the masses.