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This song appears on the album 'Song to a Seagull'

This song appears on the album 'The Studio Albums, 1968-1979'

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by Joni Mitchell   Printer-friendly version of this lyric

Marcie in a coat of flowers
Steps inside a candy store
Reds are sweet and greens are sour
Still no letter at her door
So she'll wash her flower curtains
Hang them in the wind to dry
Dust her tables with his shirt and
Wave another day goodbye

Marcie's faucet needs a plumber
Marcie's sorrow needs a man
Red is autumn green is summer
Greens are turning and the sand
All along the ocean beaches
Stares up empty at the sky
Marcie buys a bag of peaches
Stops a postman passing by
And summer goes
Falls to the sidewalk like string and brown paper
Winter blows
Up from the river there's no one to take her
To the sea

Marcie dresses warm its snowing
Takes a yellow cab uptown
Red is stop and green's for going
Sees a show and rides back down
Down along the Hudson River
Past the shipyards in the cold
Still no letter's been delivered
Still the winter days unfold
Like magazines
Fading in dusty grey attics and cellars
Make a dream
Dream back to summer and hear how
he tells her
Wait for me

Marcie leaves and doesn't tell us
Where or why she moved away
Red is angry green is jealous
That was all she had to say
Someone thought they saw her Sunday
Window shopping in the rain
Someone heard she bought a one-way ticket
And went west again

© 1968; Siquomb Publishing Company

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Marcie has been recorded by 14 others

Alberstein, Chava  (- )
Anne Sofie von Otter and Brad Mehldau  (from "Love Songs" - 2010)
Antonioli, Laurie (from "Songs of Shadow, Songs of Light " - 2014)
Ashdown, Doug (from "Festival 70" - 1969)
Fairport Convention (from "Ashley Hutchings (CD), The Guv'nor Vol. 3" - 1995)
Fox, Lauren (from "Love, Lust, Fear & Freedom: The Songs of Joni Mitchell & Leonard Cohen" - 2013)
Held, Pablo  (from "Elders" - 2013)
Iris Koch - Werner Tharandt (from "Lieder von Joni Mitchell, Cheryl Wheeler, Iris Koch u.a." - 1980)
Mehldau, Brad (- 2013)
RoadKnight, Margret (from "People Get Ready" - 1973)
Sylvia (from "Where In The World" - 2002)
The Johnstons (from "Bitter Green" - 1969)
Volker Niehusmann & Christiane Weber (from "Another Blue" - 1997)
Wager, Penny (from "Light Of Other Days" - 1972)
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georgecobbold on 2015-Jul-01 at 05:24:53 GMT-5:
This song is still growing on me. In context of the album I love how movement is represented. Is she going from the city to her home town to the sea?XX
PoetryMan11 on 2009-Apr-10 at 10:42:08 GMT-5:
Although this song is great alone, when listened to as a medly with Nathan LaFreneer (as it appears on the album first Marcie then Nathan LaFreneer) they are a kind of musical rhymed couplet and mini-concerto of a lonely girl in a big city making her inglorious retreat to somewhere. Together they are musical synergy at its best.

You can hear it as I mentioned at:

The sound is somewhat messy on sustained notes, but Joni's lyric interpretation shines through that minor technical issue.

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