I rarely / never do this - post a lyric as a 'poem' or share a music video BUT my friend Meghan from downstairs let me have her cd of Joni Mitchell's classic album 'Blue' tonight and so I played it this evening while writing in my paper journal up in my hot apartment and got hooked / got it / felt it / put it on repeat. So many lines & reasons to share it. Reminds me of a love lost (tossed?) and of someone I love who paints in her love lost and it makes me think of drinking someone up & wanting more & being caught & (having to / wanting to) let go ---- but holding onto something (sometimes not even out of choice) like what pours out of me from time to time in these lines (to paraphrase Joni) oh, from time to time because of him / you / them / that beautiful drink.
Just before our love got lost you said "I am as constant as a northern star" And I said "Constantly in the darkness Where's that at? If you want me I'll be in the bar"
On the back of a cartoon coaster In the blue TV screen light I drew a map of Canada Oh Canada With your face sketched on it twice Oh you're in my blood like holy wine You taste so bitter and so sweet
Oh I could drink a case of you darling Still I'd be on my feet oh I would still be on my feet
Oh I am a lonely painter I live in a box of paints I'm frightened by the devil And I'm drawn to those ones that ain't afraid
I remember that time you told me you said "Love is touching souls" Surely you touched mine 'Cause part of you pours out of me In these lines from time to time Oh, you're in my blood like holy wine You taste so bitter and so sweet
Oh I could drink a case of you darling And I would still be on my feet I would still be on my feet
I met a woman She had a mouth like yours She knew your life She knew your devils and your deeds And she said "Go to him, stay with him if you can But be prepared to bleed"
Oh but you are in my blood You're my holy wine You're so bitter, bitter and so sweet
Oh, I could drink a case of you darling Still I'd be on my feet I would still be on my feet