The Prophetic Joni Mitchell


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I just thought of a random story.

My officemate is the queen of misheard lyrics. I’ve often thought that I should write them down for posterity. My absolutely favorite misheard lyric occurred a few months ago.

We were listening to the radio and Counting Crows’ cover of Joni Mitchell’s “Big Yellow Taxi” came on. Partway through the song, Heathrow piped up. She wondered if Counting Crows had changed the lyrics at all or if Joni was prophetic. I asked her what she meant and she replied that it was just weird that Joni was writing about DVDs way back in the 70s.

I looked at her and asked what the hell she was talking about. So she recited one of the lyrics: “Hey farmer farmer, put away your DVDs now.”

I don’t know if I have ever laughed harder.