Shades Of Scarlet Conquering - Joni Mitchell

    Out of the fire like Catholic saints
    Comes Scarlett and her deep complaint
    Mimicking tenderness she sees
    In sentimental movies
    A celluloid rider comes to town
    Cinematic lovers sway
    Plantations and sweeping ballroom gowns
    Take her breath away

    Out in the wind in crinolines
    Chasing the ghosts of Gable and Flynn
    Through stand-in boys and extra players
    Magnolias hopeful in her auburn hair
    She comes from a school of southern charm
    She likes to have things her way
    Any man in the world holding out his arm
    Would soon be made to pay

    Friends have told her not so proud
    Neighbors trying to sleep and yelling "not so loud"
    Lovers in anger "Block of Ice"
    Harder and harder just to be nice
    Given in the night to dark dreams
    >From the dark things she feels
    She covers her eyes in the X-rated scenes
    Running from the reels

    Beauty and madness to be praised
    'Cause it is not easy to be brave
    To walk around in so much need
    To carry the weight of all that greed
    Dressed in stolen clothes she stands
    Cast iron and frail
    With her impossibly gentle hands
    And her blood-red fingernails

    Out of the fire and still smoldering
    She says "A woman must have everything"
    Shades of Scarlett Conquering
    She says "A woman must have everything"

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