joni mitchell nevuh lie.

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 carton 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
And I would still 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 that 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
Still I’d 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

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steady and warm.

Caetano Veloso doing Zera a Reza live…love playing this tune during the early part of an opening set with it’s big backbeat under a light bossa rhythm, caetano’s lilting vocal style, and the sheer beauty of the melodic lines. a steady, warm one. find it on his album Noites Do Norte, 2001. (and this live version shows cv singing a quirky harmony line as he breaks it down and gets the audience singing along…nice)

deeeeep.

You are a Sunrise
And a bright Star
And the Light that Lingers
in the middle of my Lake.

i wish i could take credit for this one because it’s so damn good, but it was written by poet Etheridge Knight. i ran across this back in my college days while editing an anthology of poems by african american poets. it’s a reminder that a little can say a lot, that things within and without us reflect one another, and that an abundance of beauty can be found in the simple and ordinary. hope this one takes your breath away too.