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BIG YELLOW TAXI

(Joni Mitchell)

ORIGINAL LYRICS | AS PERFORMED BY BOB DYLAN


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Covered by Bob Dylan, Columbia Recording Studios, New York, NY, Jun 4, 1970,
master: CO 107273, released on "Dylan,", Nov 16, 1973
[off Joni Mitchell's album "Ladies Of The Canyon," May 1970].


ORIGINAL LYRICS
© 1966-69 Siquomb Publishing Co. BMI

They paved paradise and put up a parking lot,
With a pink hotel, a boutique,
And a swinging hot spot.
Don't it always seem to go
That you don't know what you've got till it's gone?
They paved paradise and put up a parking lot.

They took all the trees and put them in a tree museum.
And they charged all the people
A dollar and a half just to see 'em.
Don't it always seem to go
That you don't know what you've got till it's gone?
They paved paradise and put up a parking lot.

Hey, farmer, farmer, put away that D.D.T., now!
Give me spots on my apples
But leave me the birds and the bees, please!
Don't it always seem to go
That you don't know what you've got till it's gone?
They paved paradise and put up a parking lot.

Late last night I heard the screen door slam.
And a big yellow taxi took away my old man.
Don't it always seem to go
That you don't know what you've got till it's gone?
They paved paradise and put up a parking lot.


AS PERFORMED BY BOB DYLAN:

They paved paradise, they put up a parking lot,
A big hotel, a boutique,
And a swinging hot spot.
Don't it always go to show
You'll never know what you got till it's gone?
They paved paradise, they put up a parking lot. They took all the trees, they put 'em in a tree museum.
They charged the people
A dollar and a half just to see 'em.
Don't it always go to show
You'll never know what you got till it's gone?
They paved paradise, they put up a parking lot.

Hey, farmer, farmer, put away that D.D.T.!
Give me spots on my apples
But leave me the birds and the bees, please!
Don't it always go to show You'll never know what you got till it's gone?
They paved paradise, they put up a parking lot.

Late last night I heard my screen door slam.
A big yellow bulldozer took away the house and the land.
Don't it always go to show
You'll never know what you got till it's gone?
They paved paradise, they put up a parking lot.


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