The Circle Game Lyrics - Joni Mitchell

Joni Mitchell Ladies of the Canyon cover art
Credits
publisher: ©Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC, Alfred
writers: Joni Mitchell
release date: 1970-4
genres: Rock Pop Folk, World, & Country
styles: Folk Rock/Acoustic/Soft Rock
length: 4:53
vocal: Joni Mitchell
guitar: Joni Mitchell
choir vocals: The Lookout Mountain Downstairs Choir
composer: Joni Mitchell
lyricist: Joni Mitchell
Yesterday a child came out to wonder
Caught a dragonfly inside a jar
Fearful when the sky was full of thunder
And tearful at the falling of a star
Then the child moved ten times round the seasons
Skated over ten clear frozen streams
Words like, when you're older, must appease him
And promises of someday make his dreams
And the seasons they go round and round
And the painted ponies go up and down
We're captive on the carousel of time
We can't return we can only look behind
From where we came
And go round and round and round
In the circle game

Sixteen springs and sixteen summers gone now
Cartwheels turn to car wheels through the town
And they tell him,
Take your time, it won't be long now
Till you drag your feet to slow the circles down
And the seasons they go round and round
And the painted ponies go up and down
We're captive on the carousel of time
We can't return we can only look behind
From where we came
And go round and round and round
In the circle game

So the years spin by and now the boy is twenty
Though his dreams have lost some grandeur coming true
There'll be new dreams, maybe better dreams and plenty
Before the last revolving year is through
And the seasons they go round and round
And the painted ponies go up and down
We're captive on the carousel of time
We can't return, we can only look behind
From where we came
And go round and round and round
In the circle game



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Tracklist
12" Vinyl 1
  • 1 Morning Morgantown
  • 2 For Free
  • 3 Conversation
  • 4 Ladies of the Canyon
  • 5 Willy
  • 6 The Arrangement
  • 7 Rainy Night House
  • 8 The Priest
  • 9 Blue Boy
  • 10 Big Yellow Taxi
  • 11 Woodstock
  • 12 The Circle Game