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This song appears on the album 'Amchitka'

This song appears on the album 'Blue'

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

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My Old Man

by Joni Mitchell   Printer-friendly version of this lyric

My old man
He's a singer in the park
He's a walker in the rain
He's a dancer in the dark
We don't need no piece of paper
From the city hall
Keeping us tied and true
My old man
Keeping away my blues

He's my sunshine in the morning
He's my fireworks at the end of the day
He's the warmest chord I ever heard
Play that warm chord, play and stay baby
We don't need no piece of paper
From the city hall
Keeping us tied and true
My old man
Keeping away my blues

But when he's gone
Me and them lonesome blues collide
The bed's too big
The frying pan's too wide

Then he comes home
And he takes me in his loving arms
And he tells me all his troubles
And he tells me all my charms
We don't need no piece of paper
From the city hall
Keeping us tied and true
No, my old man
Keeping away my blues

But when he's gone
Me and them lonesome blues collide
The bed's too big
The frying pan's too wide

My old man
He's a singer in the park
He's a walker in the rain
He's a dancer in the dark
We don't need no piece of paper
From the city hall
Keeping us tied and true
No, my old man
Keeping away my lonesome blues


© 1970; Joni Mitchell

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My Old Man has been recorded by 20 others

Alberstein, Chava  (- )
Douglas, Dave  (from "Moving Portrait" - 1998)
Elixir (from "First Seed Ripening" - 2011)
Hersch, Fred (from "Let Yourself Go - Live at Jordan" - 1999)
Jahn, Ariane (- )
Kirke (from "Live Recording" - 1998)
Maggie Hollinbeck & Graham Sobelman (from "Another Shade Of Blue" - 2014)
Maria Pia De Vito (from "Jazz Italiano Live 2007" - 2007)
Nereide (from "Nereide sings Joni Mitchell" - 2010)
Nowosad, Curtis  (from "The Skeptic & the Cynic" - 2012)
Palivela, Bharathi  (from "UnderCover, Faultline Studios and Kalx Present: Joni Mitchell's Blue" - 2012)
Robin Adler & Mutts of the Planet (from "Joni Mitchell's Blue & Court And Spark - Live At Dizzy's" - 2011)
Sandbloom, Kevin (from "Sandbloom Still Blue" - 2011)
Skinner, Lynn (from "Lynnie Sings Joni: Snapshots from the Stage" - 2012)
Tartalia, Allison  (from "Joni Mitchell's Blue: a 40th Anniversary Celebration" - 2012)
The Butterbean Jazz Quartet (from "The Butterbean Jazz Quartet" - 2009)
Tutino, Lorenza  (- )
Wiernik, Barbara  (from "Soul of Butterflies" - 2009)
Wilborn, Steven (from "Revisited" - 2010)
Zwi, Savannah (- 2012)
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