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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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Song To A Seagull

by Joni Mitchell   Printer-friendly version of this lyric

Fly silly seabird
No dreams can possess you
No voices can blame you
For sun on your wings
My gentle relations
Have names they must call me
For loving the freedom
Of all flying things
My dreams with the seagulls fly
Out of reach out of cry

I came to the city
And lived like old Crusoe
On an island of noise
In a cobblestone sea
And the beaches were concrete
And the stars paid a light bill
And the blossoms hung false
On their store window trees
My dreams with the seagulls fly
Out of reach out of cry

Out of the city
And down to the seaside
To sun on my shoulders
And wind in my hair
But sandcastles crumble
And hunger is human
And humans are hungry
For worlds they can't share
My dreams with the seagulls fly
Out of reach out of cry

I call to a seagull
Who dives to the waters
And catches his silver-fine
Dinner alone
Crying where are the footprints
That danced on these beaches
And the hands that cast wishes
That sunk like a stone
My dreams with the seagulls fly
Out of reach out of cry


© 1966 Gandalf Publishing Co.

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Song To A Seagull has been recorded by 15 others

Beckerman, Lou (from "Into the Blue" - 2014)
Bernay, Laura (from "Éclectique" - 2012)
Desmond, Paul (from "Best Of Paul Desmond" - 1974)
Helmbrecht, Carla (from "One For My Baby" - 1994)
Hennebach, Margo (from "Michaelean" - 1996)
Hooker, Lauren (from "Life Of The Music" - 2010)
Loring, Gloria (from "Sing A Song For The Mountain" - 1972)
McGovern, Betsy (from "PazFest - The New Orleans Tribute to Joni Mitchell at the Howlin' Wolf" - 2002)
Mock, Don (from "Mock One" - 1978)
O'Farrell, Anne-Marie  (from "Heads And Harps" - 1992)
Omilian, Nina  (from "(Pure)" - 2014)
Sainte-Marie, Buffy (from "Fire & Fleet & Candlelight" - 1967)
Van Ronk, Dave  (from "To All My Friends In Far-Flung Places" - 1994)
Wolper, Andrea (from "Parallel Lives " - 2011)
Yebio, Almaz  (from "Almaz" - 1999)
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