Watch, listen, and listen well…then read

Joni wrote this 37 years ago…how perceptive, as some have done nothing but seem to have slept through all the years.  WAKE UP, Americansplease?

Military personnel…look where your ‘First Lady’ is this weekend (schussing in Aspen CO on our dime) at a tremendous cost to all taxpayers, while your loved ones worry and scrape monies together to save for their future.  Because she has no salary as First Lady, apparently she takes vacations in trade for what she considers ‘hard work’–i.e. photo ops and pseudo-campaigning.

(Joni Mitchell with Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter, Omar Hakim, Larry Klein and Andy Summers…introduced by John Denver).

THE THREE GREAT STIMULANTS

I picked the morning paper off the floor

It was full of other people’s little wars

Wouldn’t they like their peace

Don’t we get bored

And we call for the three great stimulants

Of the exalted ones

Artifice, brutality and innocence

Artifice and innocence

 

No tanks have ever rumbled through these streets

and the drone of planes at night has never frightened me

I keep the hours and the company that I please

And we call for the three great stimulants

Of the exalted ones

Artifice, brutality and innocence

Artifice and innocence

 

Oh and deep in the night

Our appetites find us

Release us and blind us

Deep in the night

While madmen sit up building bombs

And making laws and bars

They’d like to slam free choice behind us

I saw a little lawyer on the tube

He said, “It’s so easy now, anyone can sue.”

“Let me show you how your petty aggravations can profit you!”

Call for the three great stimulants

Of the exalted ones

Artifice, brutality and innocence

Artifice and innocence

 

Oh and deep in the night

Appetites find us

Release us and blind us

Deep in the night

While madmen sit up building bombs

And making laws and bars

They’re gonna slam free choice behind us

 

Last night I dreamed I saw the planet flicker

Great forests fell like buffalo

Everything got sicker

And to the bitter end

Big business bickered

 And they call for the three great stimulants

Of the exalted ones

Artifice, brutality and innocence

Artifice and innocence

 

Oh these times, these times

Oh these changing times

Change in the heart of all mankind

Oh these troubled times

 

© 1985 Crazy Crow Music BMI

N.B.:  Most lyric websites write ‘the exhausted ones’, but Joni definitely sings ‘the exalted ones’, which makes a heckuva lot more sense, doesn’t it?

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