Joni Mitchell — Dreamland
Album: Don Juan's Reckless Daughter
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Released: 1977
Length: 4:36
Plays (last 30 days): 2
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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Anything by Joni gets a 10 from me!
 jtherieau wrote:
I love Joni, I always have, but her songs are the WORST to make love to. For some reason, everything goes dead in the water in a few seconds.
 
You may be fixing on the aural. Stop doing that. Simple. Doesn't take a rocket doctor.
 ckcotton wrote:

Can't use PSD on streaming devices without web interface... the hope is that somehow the comments will convince a Bill to dump these turds from the playlists.

Im pretty sure it wont matter though. Been trying to get Tori Amos out of rotation for 10 years....
 
Take a walk. Everyone benefits.
 konakid wrote:

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.
 

 
Can't use PSD on streaming devices without web interface... the hope is that somehow the comments will convince a Bill to dump these turds from the playlists.

Im pretty sure it wont matter though. Been trying to get Tori Amos out of rotation for 10 years.... 
meh
not
her
best
Why all the Joni Mitchell? Give her a rest. 
I love Joni, I always have, but her songs are the WORST to make love to. For some reason, everything goes dead in the water in a few seconds.
Why?
 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.