Joni Mitchell | music videos

My heart is broken in the face of the stupidity of my species. I can’t cry about it. In a way I’m inoculated. I’ve suffered this pain for so long. We were expelled from Eden. The West has packed the whole world on a runaway train. We are on the road to extincting ourselves as a species. That’s what I meant when I said that we’ve got to get ourselves back to the garden.

— Joni Mitchell

songs by Joni Mitchell

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Shine

music video (5′44″)

music

Joni Mitchell - Shine
from the album Shine (2007)

images

R.E.M. - Everybody Hurts
videoclip by Jake Scott (1992)

Michael Jackson - Cry
videoclip by Nicholas Brandt (2001)

The Light of Life
animation by Daihei Shibata (2010)

Northern Lights
drone shots by OZZO Photography (2016)

Cadillac commercial
fireworks by Daniel Larrosa (2017)

video

frankzweers.nl/
october 2018


Shine

Oh let your little light shine
Let your little light shine
Shine on Wall Street and Vegas
Place your bets
Shine on the fishermen
With nothing in their nets
Shine on rising oceans and evaporating seas
Shine on our Frankenstein technologies
Shine on science
With its tunnel vision
Shine on fertile farmland
Buried under subdivisions

Let your little light shine
Let your little light shine
Shine on the dazzling darkness
That restores us in deep sleep
Shine on what we throw away
And what we keep

Shine on Reverend Pearson
Who threw away
The vain old God
kept Dickens and Rembrandt and Beethoven
And fresh plowed sod
Shine on good earth, good air, good water
And a safe place
For kids to play
Shine on bombs exploding
Half a mile away

Let your little light shine
Let your little light shine
Shine on world-wide traffic jams
Honking day and night
Shine on another asshole
Passing on the right!
Shine on the red light runners
Busy talking on their cell phones

Shine on the Catholic Church
And the prisons that it owns
Shine on all the Churches
They all love less and less

Shine on a hopeful girl
In a dreamy dress

Let your little light shine
Let your little light shine
Shine on good humor
Shine on good will
Shine on lousy leadership
Licensed to kill
Shine on dying soldiers
In patriotic pain
Shine on mass destruction
In some God’s name!
Shine on the pioneers
Those seekers of mental health
Craving simplicity
They traveled inward
Past themselves…
May all their little lights shine


© 2007 Crazy Crow Music


The Magdalene Laundries

music video (4′11″)

music

Joni Mitchell - The Magdalene Laundries
from the album Turbulent Indigo (1994)

images

The Magdalene Sisters
movie by Peter Mulan (2002)

video

frankzweers.nl/
june 2018


The Magdalene Laundries

I was an unmarried girl
I’d just turned twenty-seven
When they sent me to the sisters
For the way men looked at me
Branded as a jezebel
I knew I was not bound for Heaven
I’d be cast in shame
Into the Magdalene laundries

Most girls come here pregnant
Some by their own fathers
Bridget got that belly
By her parish priest
We’re trying to get things white as snow
All of us woe-begotten-daughters
In the steaming stains
Of the Magdalene laundries

Prostitutes and destitutes
And temptresses like me
Fallen women
Sentenced into dreamless drudgery
Why do they call this heartless place
Our Lady of Charity?
Oh charity!

These bloodless brides of Jesus
If they had just once glimpsed their groom
Then they’d know and they’d drop the stones
Concealed behind their rosaries
They wilt the grass they walk upon
They leech the light out of a room
They’d like to drive us down the drain
At the Magdalene laundries

Peg O'Connell died today
She was a cheeky girl
A flirt
They just stuffed her in a hole!
Surely to God you’d think at least some bells should ring!
One day I’m going to die here too
And they’ll plant me in the dirt
Like some lame bulb
That never blooms come any spring
Not any spring
No, not any spring
Not any spring

© 1994; Crazy Crow Music


Job's Sad Song

music video (7′11″)

music

Joni Mitchell - The Sire of Sorrow (Job’s sad song)
from the album Turbulent Indigo (1994)

images

The Book of Job
animation by The Bible Project (2016)

video

frankzweers.nl/
november 2017


The Sire of Sorrow (Job’s Sad Song)

Let me speak let me spit out my bitterness
Born of grief and nights without sleep and festering flesh
Do you have eyes?
Can you see like mankind sees?
Why have you soured and curdled me?
Oh you tireless watcher! What have I done to you?
That you make everything I dread and everything I fear come true?

Once I was blessed; I was awaited like the rain
Like eyes for the blind, like feet for the lame
Kings heard my words, and they sought out my company
But now the janitors of Shadowland flick their brooms at me
Oh you tireless watcher! What have I done to you?
that you make everything I dread and everything I fear come true?

(Antagonists: Man is the sire of sorrow)
I’ve lost all taste for life
I’m all complaints
Tell me why do you starve the faithful?
Why do you crucify the saints?
And you let the wicked prosper
You let their children frisk like deer
And my loves are dead or dying, or they don’t come near
(Antagonists: We don’t despise your chastening
God is correcting you)

Oh and look who comes to counsel my deep distress
Oh, these pompous physicians
What carelessness!
(Antagonists: Oh all this ranting all this wind
Filling our ears with trash)
Breathtaking ignorance adding insult to injury!
they come blaming and shaming
(Antagonists: Evil doer)
And shattering me
(Antagonists: This vain man wishes to seem wise
A man born of asses)
Oh you tireless watcher! What have I done to you?
That you make everything I dread and everything I fear come true?

(Antagonists: We don’t despise your chastening)
Already on a bed of sighs and screams
And still you torture me with visions
You give me terrifying dreams!
Better I was carried from the womb straight to the grave
I see the diggers waiting, they’re leaning on their spades

(Antagonists: Man is the sire of sorrow
Sure as the sparks ascend)
Where is hope while you’re wondering what went wrong?
Why give me light and then this dark without a dawn?
(Antagonists: Evil is sweet in your mouth
Hiding under your tongue)
Show your face!
(Antagonists: What a long fall from grace)
Help me understand!
What is the reason for your heavy hand?
(Antagonists: You’re stumbling in shadows
You have no name now)
Was it the sins of my youth?
What have I done to you?
That you make everything I dread and everything I fear come true?
(Antagonists: Oh your guilt must weigh so greatly)
Everything I dread and everything I fear come true
(Antagonists: Man is the sire of sorrow)
Oh you make everything I dread and everything I fear come true

© 1994; Crazy Crow Music


Answer me, my Love

music video (3′33″)

music

Joni Mitchell - Answer me, my Love
from the album Both Sides Now (2000)

orchestra arranged & conducted by Vince Mendoza
song by Gerhard Winkler and Fred Rauch
English lyrics by Carl Sigman
original title: Answer me, Lord above

images

Aurora Borealis
fragments from YouTube

video

frankzweers.nl/
february 2017


Answer me, my Love

Answer me
Oh my love
Just what sin have I been guilty of
Tell me how I came to lose your love
Please answer me sweetheart

You were mine yesterday
I believed that love was here to stay
Won’t you tell me how I’ve gone astray
Please answer me my love

If you’re happier without me
I’ll try not to care
But if you still think about me
Please listen to my prayer

You must know that I’ve been true
Won’t you say that we can start anew
In my sorrow now I turn to you
Please answer me my love

If you’re happier without me
I’ll try not to care
But if you still think about me
Please listen to my prayer

You must know that I’ve been true
Won’t you say that we can start anew
In my sorrow now I turn to you
Please answer me my love
Answer me my love

© 1953; Bourne Music


Love (I Corinthians 13)

music video (5′44″)

music

Joni Mitchell - Love
from the album Travelogue (2002)

orchestra arranged & conducted by Vince Mendoza
text based upon: I Corinthians 13, the New Testament

images

Dimi Ghost & Everlookup
Aurora Borealis in Tromsø (2011)

Cristobal Vila
The Fibonacci sequence in all its glory (2010)

Robert Revol
Planet Earth Amazing nature scenery (2011)

Lampa
A message of hope (2012)

video

frankzweers.nl/
march 2016


Love

Although I speak in tongues
Of men and angels
I’m just sounding brass
And tinkling cymbals without love

Love suffers long
Love is kind!
Enduring all things
Love has no evil in mind

If I had the gift of prophecy
And all the knowledge
And the faith to move the mountains
Even if I understood all of the mysteries
If I didn’t have love
I’d be nothing

Love never looks for love
Love’s not puffed up
Or envious
Or touchy
Because it rejoices in the truth
Not in iniquity
Love sees like a child sees

As a child I spoke as a child
I thought and I understood as a child
But when I became a woman
I put away childish things
And began to see through a glass darkly

Where as a child I saw it face to face
Now I only know it in part
Fractions in me
Of faith and hope and love
And of these great three
Love’s the greatest beauty
Love
Love
Love

© 1982; Crazy Crow Music


— Joni Mitchell music videos (2016-2018)

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