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This song appears on the album 'Wild Things Run Fast'

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Chinese Café

by Joni Mitchell   Printer-friendly version of this lyric

Caught in the middle
Carol we're middle class
We're middle aged
We were wild in the old days
Birth of rock 'n' roll days
Now your kids are coming up straight
And my child's a stranger
I bore her
But I could not raise her
Nothing lasts for long
Nothing lasts for long
Nothing lasts for long

Down at the Chinese Cafe
We'd be dreaming on our dimes
We'd be playing "Oh my love, my darling"
One more time

Uranium money
Is booming in the old home town now
It's putting up sleek concrete
Tearing the old landmarks down now
Paving over brave little parks
Ripping off Indian land again
How long how long
Short sighted business men
Ah nothing lasts for long
Nothing lasts for long
Nothing lasts for long

Down at the Chinese Cafe
We'd be dreaming on our dimes
We'd be playing "You give your love, so sweetly"
One more time

Christmas is sparkling
Out on Carol's lawn
This girl of my childhood games
With kids nearly grown and gone
Grown so fast
Like the turn of a page
We look like our mothers did now
When we were those kids' age
Nothing lasts for long
Nothing lasts for long
Nothing lasts for long
Down at the Chinese Cafe
We'd be dreaming on our dimes
We'd be playing
 "Oh my love, my darling
 I've hungered for your touch
 A long lonely time
 And time goes by so slowly
 And time can do so much
 Are you still mine?
 I need your love
 I need your love
 God speed your love to me"
(Time goes - where does the time go
I wonder where the time goes)


© 1982; Crazy Crow Music

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Chinese Café has been recorded by 11 others

Fabio Ranza & Elisabetta Zamberlan (from "Be Cool" - 2002)
Hay, David  (from "Came Upon A Child of God" - 2000)
Jakubowicz, Martyny  (from "Burzliwy błękit Joanny" - 2013)
Knutsen, Marianne Tovsrud (- 2012)
Naked Voices (from "Chambers Street" - 2002)
Naked Voices (from "All Together" - 2004)
Rachel Z Trio (from "Moon At The Window" - 2002)
Shadows and Light (- )
Slattery, Celia (from "Cast Of Characters" - 2008)
Stone, Sam (- 2013)
Tilmann Höhn, Annette Marquard, & Kate Nelson  (from "Circle Games" - 2010)
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