Refuge Of The Roads - Joni Mitchell

    I met a friend of spirit
    He drank and womanized
    And I sat before his sanity
    I was holding back from crying
    He saw my complications
    And he mirrored me back simplified
    And we laughed how our perfection
    Would always be denied
    "Heart and humor and humility"
    He said "Will lighten up your heavy load"
    I left him for the refuge of the roads

    I fell in with some drifters
    Cast upon a beachtown
    Winn Dixie cold cuts and highway hand me downs
    And I wound up fixing dinner
    For them and Boston Jim
    I well up with affection
    Thinking back down the roads to then
    The nets were overflowing
    In the Gulf of Mexico
    They were overflowing in the refuge of the roads

    There was spring along the ditches
    There were good times in the cities
    Oh, radiant happiness
    It was all so light and easy
    Till I started analyzing
    And I brought on my old ways
    A thunderhead of judgment was
    Gathering in my gaze
    And it made most people nervous
    They just didn't want to know
    What I was seeing in the refuge of the roads

    I pulled off into a forest
    Crickets clicking in the ferns
    Like a wheel of fortune
    I heard my fate turn, turn turn
    And I went running down a white sand road
    I was running like a white-assed deer
    Running to lose the blues
    To the innocence in here
    These are the clouds of Michelangelo
    Muscular with gods and sungold
    Shine on your witness in the refuge of the roads

    In a highway service station
    Over the month of June
    Was a photograph of the earth
    Taken coming back from the moon
    And you couldn't see a city
    On that marbled bowling ball
    Or a forest or a highway
    Or me here least of all
    You couldn't see these cold water restrooms
    Or this baggage overload
    Westbound and rolling taking refuge in the roads

    Marco Giunco
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