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Big Yellow Taxi

by Joni Mitchell   Printer-friendly version of this lyric

They paved paradise
And put up a parking lot
With a pink hotel *, a boutique
And a swinging hot spot

Don't it always seem to go
That you don't know what you've got
Till it's gone
They paved paradise
And put up a parking lot

They took all the trees
Put 'em in a tree museum *
And they charged the people
A dollar and a half just to see 'em

Don't it always seem to go
That you don't know what you've got
Till it's gone
They paved paradise
And put up a parking lot

Hey farmer farmer
Put away that DDT * now
Give me spots on my apples
But leave me the birds and the bees

Don't it always seem to go
That you don't know what you've got
Till it's gone
They paved paradise
And put up a parking lot

Late last night
I heard the screen door slam
And a big yellow taxi
Took away my old man

Don't it always seem to go
That you don't know what you've got
Till it's gone
They paved paradise
And put up a parking lot

They paved paradise
And put up a parking lot

© Siquomb Publishing Company

Additional information:


Pink Hotel: Based on other clues in the song the Pink Hotel in this song is most likely the Royal Hawaiian in Honolulu. The romantic and legendary Pink Palace, built in 1927 is the landmark hotel on Waikiki Beach. Here, amidst serene gardens behind the coral-colored facade, you can still find the special ambiance of old Hawaii and its gracious island hospitality. The Royal Hawaiian has 526 beautifully appointed rooms, located in either the elegant Historic Building or the modern Tower Wing.

Tree Museum: Dave Donelly, reporter for Honolulu's Star-Bulletin, informs us that: "'Big Yellow Taxi', by the way, was written about Hawaii and the "tree museum" she sang about where they charged you to see the trees was Foster Botanical Garden"

New fees to see the trees?
$5.00 - General, 13 years and older
$3.00 - Resident of Hawaii, 13 years and older with ID
$1.00 - Child, 6 to 12 years old
FREE - Child, 5 years old and under (must be with adult)
$25.00 - Annual family pass

DDT is a persistent organochlorine pesticide and is largely responsible for the great decrease in the reproductive capabilities and consequently in the populations of fish-eating birds, such as the bald eagle, brown pelican, and osprey. Because of DDT's effects on birds, the chemical has not been used in the United States since 1972, and can no longer be used except in cases of public health emergency. At the time Joni wrote this lyric (1967-68), the continued use of DDT was quite controversial. DDT is still used in several other areas of the world. 

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Guitar Transcriptions of Big Yellow Taxi

Big Yellow Taxi has been recorded by 377 others

Aires, Hollie  (from " If I Should Break " - 2014)
Akasa (from "Festival Folk Sing Joni Mitchell" - 2010)
Alan Tew Orchestra (from "These I Like" - 1971)
Alberstein, Chava  (- )
Alexander , Monty (from "Taste Of Freedom" - 1970)
Alías, Celeste  (from "La Veu De La Guitarra" - 2011)
Alibrandi, Lisa  (from "Midnight Sky" - 2000)
Allagash (from "The Last Gig March 3, 1986" - 2002)
Alvord, Tiffany  (from "Digital Single" - 2014)
Amodeo-Vickery, Tess (- 2012)
Ann, Keren (- 2003)
Anna I (from "Anna I" - 2004)
Anneloes Verveld Combo (from "(unreleased live recording)" - 2003)
Anschell, Bill  (from "Figments" - 2011)
Applegate, Bob (from "Applegeezer" - 2003)
Aquila Rose & Idana Valdes  (from "Rhythms del Mundo - Classics" - 2009)
Autorickshaw  (from "The Humours of Autorickshaw" - 2013)
Avenue (- 1970)
Azevedo, Julie de (from "Pray For Rain Concert Tour" - 1996)
Ballroom Dance Orchestra (from "Best Years Of Our Lives" - 2005)
Banks, Tommy (from "Tommy Banks Jazz Band w/ Big Miller At The Montreux Jazz Festival " - 1978)
Barbarino, Linda (- )
Barbera, Berti  (from "100 Hours" - 2015)
Barnes, Ilene (from "Two Sides" - 2010)
Basset, Karen (- 2012)
Baxter, Gwen (from "Peaceful Women" - )
BB Band (from "Those 70's Songs 1970-1" - 1999)
Be Sharp (from "De Finalisten" - 2006)
Beach, Cat (from "Love Me Out Loud" - 2009)
Beazley, Del (from "World's Got To Choose" - 1995)
Betsy & Chris (from "Folk Album 2" - 1971)
Beyond The Influences (BeTI) (from "45 Single" - )
Biddle, Jenny (from "Cover To Cover" - 2014)
Big Country (from "Eclectic" - 1996)
Big Yellow Taxi (from "The Music of Joni Mitchell (demo)" - 2002)
Big Yellow Taxi (from "A Tribute To Joni Mitchell" - 2002)
Big Yellow Taxi (from "Big Yellow Taxi " - 2012)
Bligan, Liz (from "For The Fun Of It" - 2007)
Bloomsbury Pops (from "Modern Lounge" - 1997)
Blue Lightning (from "Live at the Aladdin Theater" - 2007)
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Bond, Tasha (- 2014)
Brennan, Maire (from "Misty Eyed Adventures" - 1994)
Brian Kirk and The Jirks (- )
Brooks, Dave (- )
Bruce, Lana (from "Lana" - 2011)
Buckingham, Lindsey & Mick Fleetwood (from "A Case Of Joni" - )
Bukeka Shoals with Ken Lovern's OJT (from "OJT + B" - 2006)
Butler, Harold (- 1977)
Buzz Toyz (- 2004)
C.S. Heath & Jonas James  (from "Spiritual Guitar" - 2005)
Campbell, Tracey (from "Gold" - 1997)
Canadian Suite (from "Coast to Coast" - 2002)
Caplinger, Dennis (from "Pickin' On The Counting Crows" - 2005)
Captain Smartypants (from "Undercover" - 2004)
Captain Vic (from "Goodnight Ladies" - 2002)
Carroll, Liane (from "Live At The Listening Room" - 2000)
Central Park Band (from "A Bite From The Big Apple" - 1997)
Chapman, S. A. (- )
Charly Records Studio Group (from "Almost Pop: House Of Love" - 2006)
Chasing Memories (from "Separating The Whites From The Colors (EP)" - 2010)
Cher (from "Live And Loud, Volume II" - 2005)
Chris Lee & Jenny Howe (from "Second Take" - 2007)
Clarke, Rona (from "Utopian Dream" - 1975)
Claytone, Clara (- 2013)
Code One (from "Rockin the Streets" - )
Colgate Swingin' Gates (from "Gateways" - 2002)
Colvin, Shawn with Mary Chapin Carpenter & James Taylor (from "An All-Star Tribute to Joni Mitchell (TV Broadcast)" - 2000)
Confetti (- 2014)
Connor, Carly (from "ONE Presents agit8 - The Power of Protest Songs" - 2013)
Corporate Cash Cows (- )
Cossu, Barbara (- 2013)
Counting Crows (from "Hard Candy" - 2002)
Counting Crows (featuring Vanessa Carlton) (from "CD-single" - 2003)
Crawford, Allan (from "Sounds Like Hits No. 12" - 1970)
CU Buffoons (from "Under The Arches" - 2012)
Dan & Lyla (- )
Dangerous Folk (from "Dangerous Folk " - 2010)
Dark One Lite (from "A Guitar Tribute To Counting Crows" - 2004)
Dassin, Joe  (from "Joe Dassin" - 1970)
Davies, Colin (- )
Davies, Julian (from "Julian Davies" - 2004)
Davis, Rachael (- 2003)
Dee, Charlie (from "A Tribute To Joni Mitchell Live At Kriterion" - 2009)
Defrenchy Duo (- )
Denjean, Claude & Synthesizer (from "Open Circuit" - 1973)
DesLauriers, Marsha  (from "Not Too Far" - 2003)
Devany Jr., David  (- 2006)
Diaz, Gabriela (- )
Dig It All  (from "Third" - 2013)
Dimmick, Sharyn (from "Paris" - 2009)
Dixon, Carl (from "One Voice, Two Hands" - 2003)
DMX Krew (from "A Tribute to Robert Moog" - 2007)
Douglas, Shirley (from "A Heart On The Loose " - 1980)
Dr Bluegrass & The Illbilly 8 (- 2013)
Dylan, Bob (from "Dylan" - 1973)
Earthlings Electric Washboard Band (from "Earth Day Every Day " - 2010)
Eason, Sam (from "Sam Eason Promo EP (Weddings​/​Events) - Live Recordings" - 2014)
Ecco Singers (from "Singer Love" - 2014)
Eddie From Ohio (from "(Live Performance)" - )
Elmerhassel (from "Honour Your Parents" - 1991)
Engling, Gail  (from "Just Because..." - 2012)
English, Hannah (- )
Erelli, Mark (- 2013)
Esmé Bos (from "Tres Tigres Tristes " - 2002)
Eu, Dick  (from "66" - 2014)
Exit 9 (from "reissued" - 2007)
Face2Face (from "Higher Love" - 1999)
Faegre, Dierdre Leah (from "Dreaming Beach Party 4" - 2011)
Faith, Percy  (from "Black Magic Woman" - 1971)
Falciani, Dave (from "Top Ten Radio Dance Mix 24" - 2003)
Feather and Down (from "Revisits" - 2012)
Feddy, Jason (from "Fish On The Moon" - 1993)
Figueiredo, Armando (from "Cruisin' California" - 2008)
Flagman Ahead (from "Panta Rhei - Unplugged '99 - Live IV " - 1999)
Flandez, Warren Dean (from "(single)" - 2011)
Flash Connection (from "Talk To Me" - 2006)
Fletcher, Mary (from "Somewhere......" - 2009)
Flip Peters and Larry Maltz (from "Acoustic" - 2015)
Gabor, BB  (from "BB Gabor" - 1980)
Get Lucky (- )
Glória - Dublin's Lesbian and Gay Choir  (from "Our Kind Of Music" - 2014)
Glymur (- )
Grace Acoustic Trio (from "Grace Acoustic Trio" - 2012)
Graham Blvd (from "Top of the Charts 1971" - 2008)
Grant, Amy (from "House of Love" - 1994)
Grant, Lorna (from "Star For A Night" - 2000)
Grean, Lorin  (from "Spinning Gold" - 2000)
Green Day (- )
Grier, Cathy (from "Moonlighting in Key West " - 1988)
Gwildis, Stefan (from "Wünscht du Wärst Hier" - 2008)
Haime, Vera  (from "Came Upon A Child of God" - 2000)
Hamman, Sara (from "Breath By Breath" - 2003)
Harper, Claire (from "All These Plans" - 2005)
Harrington, Paul (from "Songs" - 2010)
Harrison, Carmel (- )
Harvard Opportunes (from "Six Degrees" - 2003)
Heath & Molly (from "Beneath the Roots: Live in Cascade Cave" - 2014)
Henning Olsen Band (from "A Tribute Minus Mitchell" - 2004)
Henry, Nicole (from "So Good, So Right: Nicole Henry Live" - 2013)
Herve, Andre (from "(45 Single)" - 1970)
Het Borghuis Collectief (- 2011)
Higgins, Rachel and Hugh (from "The Best of the 1992 Elandorf Music Festival" - 1992)
Hislop, Andy  (- )
Ho, Daniel (from "Timeless Treasure" - 2006)
Hodge Podge (from "Imaginary Numbers" - )
Holloway, Diane  (from "Stars in Their Ears [Tonight They're Going to Be...] " - 1999)
Hollywood Session Singers (from "T.V. Superhits" - )
Hopeless Romantics  (from "Hopeless Romantics " - 2012)
Hulabahoos (from "Jacked" - 2004)
Hyman , Dick  (from "The Sensuous Piano of Dick Hyman" - 1971)
Ian & Helen C (from "Big Yellow Taxi (A New York Buskers Tale)" - 2004)
In Pieces (- )
Ithacappella (from "Two P's, Two L's" - 2006)
Itsuwa, Mayumi (from "The Show - Best Concert Album '75" - )
Itt (- 2012)
J-Min (from "Korogaru Ringo " - 2007)
J.R. & Sharon (from "Too Many Parades" - 1998)
Jade (from "Fly On Strangewings" - 2003)
Jakubowicz, Martyna (from "Burzliwy błękit Joanny" - 2013)
Janna (from "Janna" - 2006)
Jansen, Leoni (from "Second Wind" - 2008)
Jockel (from "Wasted In The Afternoon" - 1997)
Jon and Sue (from "Before It's Too Late" - )
Jovie (- 2013)
Kadoos (from "Joni Goes Dutch" - 2014)
Kai (from "Feelin' This Way" - 2010)
Kat (- 2009)
Keb' Mo' (from "Big Wide Grin" - 2001)
Kellner, Kelly (from "Little Bird" - 2005)
Kennedy, Brian (from "Songs" - 2006)
Kennedy, Kerrie (from "In My Father's House" - )
Kentucky Express (from "That's Not What Lovin' Is" - )
Kimber, Julie  (- 2011)
Kindred Spirit (from "Free Spirit" - 2000)
King, Chris Thomas  (from "Rise" - 2006)
Konkova, Olga (from "Improvisational Four" - 2009)
Kushibiki, Sayaka (from "Essential" - 2002)
laidbook (from "The Acoustic Issue" - 2010)
Lamboy, Greg (from "Live @ Studio D" - 2014)
Lanzetti, Bernardo  (from "Master Poets" - 1999)
Lapointe, Lauren (from "Decadence - The Best of First Friday 2006" - 2007)
Last Call (from "Straight Up" - 2005)
Lavell, Dee Dee (from "Sounds of Love" - 2014)
Lawrence, Claire  (- 1975)
Lee, Nancy  (from "Crazy Dreams" - 2010)
Lehman, Ted (from "Left Overs" - )
Lemonier, Marion (- )
Lennon & Maisy (from "Digital Single" - 2014)
Leora Cashe & The Ross Taggart Trio  (from "Another Side Now - The Songs of Joni Mitchell" - 2007)
Libman, Jeff (- )
Lilac Sheer with Shay Tochner  (from "Kisses Sweeter Than Wine" - 2010)
Lilac Time (from "Welcome to Hell...Here's Your Accordion (Promo EP)" - 1989)
Lindsay Thomas Morgan  (from "Waiting So Long" - 2007)
Little Gas (from "Wove EP" - )
Little, Stephanie Tucker (from "When Sea Shells Dance" - 2007)
Loach, Vickie-Maree (from "All Play" - )
Loaded Boxers (- )
London Pro Musica Choir (from "Songs Of The Land" - 2008)
Lorencová, Zdenka  (from "Tady jsem" - 1975)
Los Valldemosa (from "Los Valldemosa" - )
Lotus (from "The Dance Goes On" - 1994)
Maine Steiners (from "Alive!" - 2005)
Makin' Whoopee (from "Makin' Whoopee Live" - )
Maniscalco, Chuck  (- 2005)
Maria Pia De Vito, Danilo Rea,Enzo Pietropaoli, Aldo Romano (from "So Right" - 2008)
Martin, Lynn (from "England's Top Of The Pops" - )
Martini, Mia (from "I Miei Compagni di Viaggio" - 1996)
McDonald, Shelagh (- )
McKenzie, Sarah  (from "Close Your Eyes" - 2012)
McLachlan, Sarah & Lilith Fair (from "(Live)" - )
McNaughton, Eddie (- 2011)
McQueen, Valerie (- )
Me And Them (- )
Mead, Gale  (from "Live at Jessel's" - 2007)
Megalomaniacs (from "Melts In Your Mouth" - 2001)
Meinhardt Merry (from "Life" - 2012)
Meltini (- )
Mezek, Aleksander  (from "Kje So Tiste Steznice" - 1977)
Mhairi, Brigid (- 2007)
Michael & Jello (from "Just Dance; Pop Songs For Families" - 2013)
Milk And Honey (from "Still Showing" - 2003)
Miller, Betsy  (from "Becology" - 2013)
Min (from "Itch" - 1998)
Mitchell, Katy (from "Baby It's You" - 2005)
Mitchell, Scott (- )
Mixed Company (from "Tree Museum" - 2004)
Mockingbird (from "A Fearless Day - Mockingbird's 4th Album" - 2007)
Modern Folk Quartet (from "Highway 70" - 1999)
Moore, Bill (from "Bill Moore" - 1969)
Mosaic Whispers (from "Defrosted" - 2004)
Moser, Kathy (from "Some 1 Like U" - 2009)
Myhre, Wenche (- )
Nee (from "All Fans On Deck" - )
Nehemiah H. Brown & The Faith Gospel Choir (from "The Long Road to Freedom" - 2011)
Nena (from "Cover Me" - 2007)
Nereide (from "Nereide sings Joni Mitchell" - 2010)
Nicholas, Tomas  (from "Lagunitas To Cazadero" - 2010)
Niegratschka, Klaus  (from "Good Enough For Me" - 2000)
No Fixed Abode (from "Hold The Cover" - )
Noon (from "Full Moon" - 2013)
Norma Winstone with the NDR Bigband (from "It's Later Than You Think" - 2006)
Northeastern University Downbeats (from "Downbeat Crossing" - 2004)
Not Too Sharp (from "May Contain Nuts" - 2011)
O'Brien, Paul (from "Long May You Sing" - 2013)
O'Keefe, Ryan (- 2014)
Parallel (- 2011)
Patrick McGinley & Family Style  (from "Patrick, Family and Friends" - 2001)
Paul Tillotson The Love Trio (from "Tequila Time" - 2005)
Paul Tillotson The Love Trio (from "Lindy Hop Blues" - 2008)
People Power Band (from "Green Bandwagon" - 2010)
Piano Tribute Players (from "Piano Tribute To Counting Crows" - 2009)
Pigg, Gabe (from "Top Pop 2" - 2003)
Pinhead Gunpowder (from "Fahizah EP" - 1992)
Pinto, Lynn (from "Broadway: Romances Manhattan" - 2002)
Rachel Z Trio (from "Moon At The Window" - 2002)
Rankin, John (from "PazFest - The New Orleans Tribute to Joni Mitchell at the Howlin' Wolf" - 2002)
Ray Kelley Band (from "Hold My Hand" - 1999)
Reed, Catherine (from "As I Am" - 2003)
Richardson, Monica (from "Hand Stories" - 2007)
Richter, Chip  (from "The Dream Tree" - 2014)
Rock Kids Biz (from " Accidentally in Love Lullaby Tribute to Counting Crows" - 2014)
Saline Fiddlers (from "Kaleidoscope " - 2010)
Sally Barker - Joni Mitchell Project (from "Conversation: The Joni Tapes" - 2010)
San2 & Sebastian Schwarzenberger (from "Absolutely Barefoot " - 2014)
Santos, Paolo (from "Acoustic Night Out" - 2003)
Satin Sheets (from "Dick Syncona Smith/Satin Sheets/Reg Gibson/The J-J's" - 1975)
Saunter, Riddim  (from "7" Single" - 2007)
Schettino, Gemma (- 2004)
Schinkel, Gerd (from "Treibgut Im Wind" - )
Scott, Lorraine (from "Back To The Garden" - 1992)
Shadows and Light (- )
Sharino, Alison (from "Alison Sharino" - 2003)
Sheer, Ireen (from "(45 single)" - 1970)
Shih, Patricia  (from "Gold Covered" - 2014)
Simon and Jane Gomez (from "Ballarat Rose" - 1978)
Sklar, Brian  (from "AAIIEE!!" - 2003)
Skonberg, Bria  (from "So Is the Day" - 2012)
Sky, Katie (from "Better Together & Other Covers" - 2012)
Skylark Acoustic (- 2015)
Sly & Robbie (from "Foundation" - 2007)
Smith, Sara (from "A Tribute To Joni Mitchell" - 1974)
Smoothies (- )
Stacey (- )
Staring, Roland (- 2004)
Steel Sunrise Steel Band (from "Out of the Fire and Into the Pan" - 2001)
Sugar Beats (from "Really Cool Songs" - 1993)
Sunday Folk (from "Monday Songs" - 1981)
Supple, Brooke (from "Francfranc Presents Space Program [Sunshiny] Compiled by Old Nick aka Dj Hasebe " - 2012)
Susan Govali and Terry Disley (from "A Moment In Time" - 2008)
Sutton, Tierney  (from "After Blue" - 2013)
Suzanne M. Sheridan & And the Suzanne Sheridan Band (from "Suzanne Sheridan Sings the Music of Joni Mitchell & Leonard Cohen" - 2012)
Tabitha Fair & The Little Monsters (- 2009)
Tangled Up In Blue (from "Unraveled" - 2004)
Tar Heel Voices (from "Deuces Wild" - 2000)
Tara Scheyer & The Mud Puppy Band (from "HiFi Felix Vol. 2" - 2009)
Taylor, Richard (from "Richard Taylor" - 2009)
The Aaron James Collective (- 2014)
The Acoustic Guitar Troubadours (from "Acoustic Instrumental Memories" - 2009)
The Albion Band (from "Songs From The Shows" - 1999)
The Bates College Merimanders (from "On Track" - 1992)
The Chief Whips (from "The Other Creek" - 2007)
The Come Dancing Orchestra (from "Mambo" - 2004)
The Crawfords - Mario Cavallero Et Son Orchestre (from "Hippies Story " - )
The Dartmouth Rockapellas (from "Think On These Things" - 1996)
The DQ of Amherst College (from "Duck Viking Presents" - 2000)
The Enigma Machine (from "Le Bombe Tracks" - 2010)
The Eyewall Band (- 2006)
The Harris Family (from "One, Two, Three" - 2012)
The Hit Crew (from "Drew's Famous Kids Authentic Limbo Party Music" - 2004)
The Hyannis Sound (from "Route 6" - 2005)
The Idea Of North (from "Smile" - 2013)
The Kids Picks Singers (from "Kids Picks Hit Mix" - 2003)
The Luv Handles (- )
The Neighborhood (from "Debut" - 1970)
The New Group (from "Reflective Surface Syndrome" - 2003)
The Paris Studio Orchestra & Singers (from "It Was...1970 (Vol. 3)" - 2008)
The Poor Richards (from "Touring Nowhere" - )
The Practicers (from "Smooth & Raw" - 2000)
The Quality Kids (from "Kids Mix 4" - 2003)
The Retards (from "In Memory of the Dead Bird " - )
The Retro Rockets (- )
The Rhythm Method (from "Immaculate Contraception" - )
The Rock Masters (from "Driving Anthems" - 2008)
The Shivers (from "Downtown Sister" - 1991)
The Soundalikes (from "Today's Massive Hits" - 2004)
The Steve Klink Trio (from "Places To Come From, Places To Go" - 2002)
The Sunbeams (from "Easy Like Sunday Morning" - 2011)
The Sweets (- 2010)
The Swinging 'Gates (from "Unhinged" - 1987)
The Take (from "Take One" - )
The Tindalls (from "Family Album" - 2005)
The Tony Chappell Orchestra (from "(45 Single)" - )
The Ukaye Ukes  (from "Blue Skies" - 2011)
The Wakes (from "The Stripped Back Session Vol.1 " - 2011)
The Wright Kids (from "Blue Skies" - 2011)
The Yello Allstars (from "Alles Gelb " - )
Therapy (from "One Night Stand" - 1973)
Thibeault, Fabienne  (from "Made In Quebec" - 2004)
Thistle, Charlotte (- )
Thomas Kölling Acoustic Jazz&Song (from "More Of That Kind " - 2005)
Thomas, Mike (from "Welcome to My Living Room" - 2015)
Throwing Stuff (- 2013)
Timmer, Mirjam (from "Motel Westcoast" - 2007)
Tous les oiseaux d’Europe  (from "Birdland" - 2011)
Toxic Audio (from "Toxic Audio" - )
Triple Trio (from "Lipids (phats & oils)" - 1997)
Two Tight (from "Every Little Thing" - 2004)
Ty & Ayesha (- )
Uncle Seth (- )
Vallance, Joanne (- )
Vehkavaara, Kenny & Silvio Simone (from "Peace, Love & Guitar" - 2001)
Vikki and James (- )
Vincent's Chair (- 2002)
Vinnick, Sheppard & Harte (from "My Favourite Shirt" - 2007)
Voce (from "So Many Ways" - 1996)
Volker Niehusmann & Christiane Weber (from "Another Blue" - 1997)
Walker, Debi Sander (from "If You Could See Me Now" - 2008)
Warwick, Rachael (- 2013)
When The Cat's Away (from "(45 single)" - 1989)
White Hot (- 2010)
White On Black (from "White On Black" - 1974)
Whyton, Wally (from "The World of Wally Whyton" - 1972)
Will Taylor And Strings Attached (from "Back To The Garden: A Tribute To Joni Mitchell" - 2007)
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flubcritic on 2015-May-07 at 10:23:06 GMT-5:
ad101867, you are utterly full of shit. DDT is still used in huge quantities to fight malaria, typically by spraying it on walls of bedrooms. This is of concern to arctic nations, because DDT makes its way to high latitudes and concentrates in the body fat of top predators such as polar bears. However, arctic nations tolerate the use of DDT in tropical countries because of its anti-malarial effectiveness. Pretending that Rachel Carson brought the use of DDT against malaria to a halt is gross dishonesty. The real reason the fight against malaria faltered was for lack of funding and also increasing resistance of mosquitos and the malaria organism to the main lines of attack. Mosquito nets are one of the most effective defences against malaria, but they still aren't available to all people in malaria areas--nothing to do with Rachel Carson. If you really cared about the poor people of the world, you'd be exercised about malnutrition (economic imbalances) and infant gut infections (made worse by ruthless marketing of infant formula in the third world) rather than a purely imaginary ban on DDT. See here (2013):
"January 2013: The DDT Expert Group has assessed the continued need for dichlorodiphenyltrichloroethane (DDT), and recognized its continued need in specific settings where safe alternatives are lacking."
And here:
"An estimated 5,000 metric tons of DDT (active ingredient) was used for disease vector control in 2005"
Your enthusiasm for the 'big lie' technique, however, marks you out as a propagandist, not someone who is interested in the truth, so I doubt you can be bothered with the facts on any level.
ad101867 on 2015-Feb-16 at 10:12:28 GMT-5:
Dear Ms. Mitchell:

Below the lyrics of "Big Yellow Taxi" (original version) is the following claim:

"DDT is a persistent organochlorine pesticide and is largely responsible for the great decrease in the reproductive capabilities and consequently in the populations of fish-eating birds, such as the bald eagle, brown pelican, and osprey. Because of DDT's effects on birds, the chemical has not been used in the United States since 1972, and can no longer be used except in cases of public health emergency. At the time Joni wrote this lyric (1967-68), the continued use of DDT was quite controversial. DDT is still used in several other areas of the world."

It's unfortunate that, like the Western majority, you've fallen prey to the anti-human myths about DDT, originating from the singular "authority" Rachel Carson.

I call the myths about DDT "anti-human" because environmental policies such as the policy of banning effective insecticides like DDT, which reduces malaria, actually constitute the oppression and murder of many of the world's poor.

Environmental policies such as this actually have one New Age goal: the eradication of scores of human beings in the name of "saving the planet." Millions upon millions of people have died as a result of bans on DDT, but the eco-radicals _don't care_. Indeed, that's precisely what they _want_. For example: Alexander King, founder of the Club of Rome, once said about DDT, "In Guyana, within two years it had almost eliminated malaria, but at the same time the birth rate had doubled. So my chief quarrel with DDT in hindsight is that it has greatly added to the population problem." (Juurd Eijsvoogel, "Alexander King, the Activist: The Human Lemmings," in Janny Groen, Eefke Smit, Juurd Eijsvoogel, ed., /The Discipline of Curiosity: Science in the World/ [New York: Elsevier, 1990], 43)

One might suppose that such views are only at the lunatic fringe of the environmental movement - in which case one should read the quotations here:

In his online article, "The Truth About DDT and /Silent Spring/," Robert Zubrin has written:

"While excellent literature, however, /Silent Spring/ was very poor science. Carson claimed that DDT was threatening many avian species with imminent extinction. Her evidence for this, however, was anecdotal and unfounded. In fact, during the period of widespread DDT use preceding the publication of /Silent Spring/, bird populations in the United States increased significantly, probably as a result of the pesticide's suppression of their insect disease vectors and parasites. In her chapter 'Elixirs of Death,' Carson wrote that synthetic insecticides can affect the human body in 'sinister and often deadly ways,' so that cumulatively, the 'threat of chronic poisoning and degenerative changes of the liver and other organs is very real.' In terms of DDT specifically, in her chapter on cancer she reported that one expert 'now gives DDT the definite rating of a "chemical carcinogen." ' [/Silent Spring/, pp. 16, 22, 225] These alarming assertions were false as well."

Zubrin footnotes that last sentence with the following citation: "J. Gordon Edwards, 'DDT: A Case Study in Scientific Fraud,' /Journal of American Physicians and Surgeons/ 9, no. 3 (2004): 86." Edwards' study can be read here: .

Zubrin goes on to debunk the standard myths about DDT: the false claims that it causes cancer, threatens birds with extinction, and threatens ocean life.

Zubrin closes his article with this reflection on the third of those myths:

"For the record, 1979 has come and gone, and life in the world's oceans has continued to flourish gloriously. But, as a result of the mendacity and actions of Carson, Ruckelshaus, Wurster, Ehrlich, and their allies, DDT has been banned, and hundreds of millions of people who might have lived to enjoy those oceans, to sail on them, fish in them, surf in them, or swim in them, to play on their beaches or write poems about their sunsets, are dead."

So, Ms. Mitchell, is this the "life-affirming" worldview to which you subscribe...?
Janey on 2013-Mar-06 at 05:04:47 GMT-5:
Miles and miles away from Hawaii and 'the pink hotel', the Sea Point Promenade in Cape Town (South Africa) is under threat from developers and our journos and writers to Editors of newspapers are still quoting "Big Yellow Taxi". See www.facebook/seafrontforall. Thanks Joni for your inspiring lyrics. What a pity that 33 years on, Cape Town and so many other places don't heed the call.