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What Will You Give Me

by Joni Mitchell

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What will you give me for one prairie night?
Silver fields and meadows and the moon’s silver light
Mister cat in the hay loft with silvery eye
All these precious possessions I’ll sell, if you’ll buy

What will you give me for one prairie day?
The golden fields of autumn and the primrose in May
Sun’s courtin’ meadowlarks, off in the sky
All those precious possessions I’ll sell if you’ll buy.

What will you give me for one prairie breeze?
Rippling the grasses and rustling the trees
Wafting the scent of the newly mown hay
All those precious possessions I’ll sell if you’ll pay

What will you give me for one prairie sky?
An amethyst sea with cloud galleons sailing by
The aurora dancing on cold winter nights
All these precious possessions I’ll sell for a price.

What will you give me for one prairie day?
With the earth cracked and smokin’
Where we’d crossed yesterday
Gone the birds from the air, gone the child I begot
All those precious possessions I sold, and for what?

© 1965

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