Song For Sharon - Joni Mitchell

    I went to Staten Island, Sharon
    To buy myself a mandolin
    And I saw the long white dress of love
    On a storefront mannequin
    Big boat chuggin' back with a belly full of cars...
    All for something lacy
    Some girl's going to see that dress
    And crave that day like crazy

    Little Indian kids on a bridge up in Canada
    They can balance and they can climb
    Like their fathers before them
    They'll walk the girders of the Manhattan skyline
    Shine your light on me Miss Liberty
    Because as soon as this ferry boat docks
    I'm headed to the church
    To play Bingo
    Fleece me with the gamblers' flocks

    I can keep my cool at poker
    But I'm a fool when love's at stake
    Because I can't conceal emotion
    What I'm feeling's always written on my face
    There's a gypsy down on Bleecker Street
    I went in to see her as a kind of joke
    And she lit a candle for my love luck
    And eighteen bucks went up in smoke

    Sharon, I left my man
    At a North Dakota junction
    And I came out to the "Big Apple" here
    To face the dream's malfunction
    Love's a repetitious danger
    You'd think I'd be accustomed to
    Well, I do accept the changes
    At least better than I used to do

    A woman I knew just drowned herself
    The well was deep and muddy
    She was just shaking off futility
    Or punishing somebody
    My friends were calling up all day yesterday
    All emotions and abstractions
    It seems we all live so close to that line
    And so far from satisfaction

    Dora says, "Have children!"
    Mama and Betsy say-"Find yourself a charity."
    Help the needy and the crippled or put some time into Ecology."
    Well, there's a wide wide world of noble causes
    And lovely landscapes to discover
    But all I really want right now
    Is...find another lover

    When we were kids in Maidstone, Sharon
    I went to every wedding in that little town
    To see the tears and the kisses
    And the pretty lady in the white lace wedding gown
    And walking home on the railroad tracks
    Or swinging on the playground swing
    Love stimulated my illusions
    More than anything

    And when I went skating after Golden Reggie
    You know it was white lace I was chasing
    Chasing dreams
    Mama's nylons underneath my cowgirl jeans
    He showed me first you get the kisses
    And then you get the tears
    But the ceremony of the bells and lace
    Still veils this reckless fool here

    Now there are 29 skaters on Wolmann rink
    Circling in singles and in pairs
    In this vigorous anonymity
    A blank face at the window stares and stares and stares and stares
    And the power of reason
    And the flowers of deep feeling
    Seem to serve me
    Only to deceive me

    Sharon you've got a husband
    And a family and a farm
    I've got the apple of temptation
    And a diamond snake around my arm
    But you still have your music
    And I've still got my eyes on the land and the sky
    You sing for your friends and your family
    I'll walk green pastures by and by

    Marco Giunco
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