Friday, November 6, 2009

Unashamed Hippy I

Did you catch the rerun episode of Six Feet Under last night? The one where Claire goes to visit her aunt Sarah. Aunt Sarah has invited some of her old friends for a nostalgic weekend.  One of the songs they were playing as they danced around the fire half-naked was Woodstock by Joni Mitchell.

Now I did not have the fortune to attend Woodstock and I might not even have liked being surrounded by so many people. But the song has a haunting eery quality that appeals to me.  My favorite part is the chorus " We are stardust. We are golden and we've got to get ourselves back to the garden."

We are - and we do.

Here are the lyrics. Hope it brings back some memories for you too.

by Joni Mitchell

I came upon a child of God

He was walking along the road

And I asked him where are you going

And this he told me

I'm going on down to Yasgur's farm *

I'm going to join in a rock 'n' roll band

I'm going to camp out on the land

I'm going to try an' get my soul free

We are stardust

We are golden

And we've got to get ourselves

Back to the garden

Then can I walk beside you

I have come here to lose the smog

And I feel to be a cog in something turning

Well maybe it is just the time of year

Or maybe it's the time of man

I don't know who I am

But you know life is for learning

We are stardust

We are golden

And we've got to get ourselves

Back to the garden

By the time we got to Woodstock

We were half a million strong

And everywhere there was song and celebration

And I dreamed I saw the bombers

Riding shotgun in the sky

And they were turning into butterflies

Above our nation

We are stardust

Billion year old carbon

We are golden

Caught in the devil's bargain

And we've got to get ourselves

back to the garden

1 comment:

eljovendario said...

I downloaded the song, good and relax. Today there is a singer named Mika, he is the new pop thing, he has a song named We are golden. I like that three words.