Who Sang Otis and Marlena? Joni Mitchell

Joni Mitchell Don Juan's Reckless Daughter cover art
publisher: ©Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC, Alfred
release date: 1977-12
genres: Jazz Rock Pop
styles: Folk Rock/Contemporary Jazz/Experimental
length: 3:59
mixer: Steve Katz and Henry Lewy
recording engineer: Henry Lewy and Steve Katz
vocal: Joni Mitchell
piano: Michel Colombier
acoustic guitar: Joni Mitchell
electric guitar: Larry Carlton
snare drum: John Guerin
Marlena under Foster Grants
She's undercover from the dawns advance
That girl is travel-drained
And the neon mercury vapor stained
Miami sky
It's red as meat
It's a cheap pink rose
Otis in the driver's seat
Watches the street lights fade away
On louvered blocks in green sea air
In fluorescent fossil yards
Slippers are shuffling into folding chairs
Freckled hands are shuffling cards

They've come for fun and sun
While Muslims stick up Washington

Otis empties out the trunk
On the steps of that celebrated dump
Sleazing by the sea
Bow down to her royal travesty
In her ballrooms heads of state
In her bedrooms rented girls
Always the grand parades of cellulite
Jiggling to her golden pools
Through flock and cupid colonnades
They jiggle into surgery
Hopefully beneath the blade
They dream of golden beauty

They've come for fun and sun
While Muslims stick up Washington

Marlena, white as stretcher sheet
Watches it all from her 10th floor balcony
Like it's her opera box
All those Pagliacci summer frocks
Otis is fiddling with the TV dial
All he gets are cartoons and reruns
She taps her glass with an emery file
Watching three rings in the sun
The golden dive, the fatted flake
And sizzle in the mink oil
It's all a dream
She has awake
Checked into Miami Royal
Where they've come for fun and sun
While Muslims hold up Washington
Dream on
Dream on
Dream on
Dream on
Dream on

12" Vinyl 1
  • 1 Overture / Cotton Avenue
  • 2 Talk to Me
  • 3 Jericho
  • 4 Paprika Plains
    12" Vinyl 2
  • 1 Otis and Marlena
  • 2 The Tenth World
  • 3 Dreamland
  • 4 Don Juan's Reckless Daughter
  • 5 Off Night Backstreet
  • 6 The Silky Veils of Ardor

  • Album Information
    label: Asylum Records
    country(area): United States
    format: 12" Vinyl
    script: Latin