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This song appears on the album 'Court and Spark'

This song appears on the album 'Travelogue'

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

This song appears on the album 'Love Has Many Faces: A Quartet, A Ballet, Waiting To Be Danced'

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Trouble Child

by Joni Mitchell   Printer-friendly version of this lyric

Up in a sterilized room
Where they let you be lazy
Knowing your attitude's all wrong
And you got to change
And that's not easy
Dragon shining with all values known
Dazzling you-keeping you from your own
Where is the lion in you to defy him
When you're this weak
And this spacey

So what are you going to do about it
You can't live life and you can't leave it
Advice and religion you can't take it
You can't seem to believe it
The peacock is afraid to parade
You're under the thumb of the maid
You really can't give love in this condition
Still you know how you need it

They open and close you
Then they talk like they know you
They don't know you
They're friends and they're foes too
Trouble child
Breaking like the waves at Malibu

So why does it come as such a shock
To know you really have no one
Only a river of changing faces
Looking for an ocean
They trickle through your leaky plans
Another dream over the dam
And you're lying in some room
Feeling like your right to be human
Is going over too
Well some are going to knock you
And some'll try to clock you
You know it's really hard
To talk sense to you
Trouble child
Breaking like the waves at Malibu

© 1973; Crazy Crow Music

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Trouble Child has been recorded by 6 others

Danzig and Wooley (from "PazFest - The New Orleans Tribute to Joni Mitchell at the Howlin' Wolf" - 2002)
Engelken, Lisa (from "Caravan" - 2010)
Fuori Battuta (- )
Mads Bærentzen Trio  (from "The New York Project" - 2005)
Robin Adler & Mutts of the Planet (from "Joni Mitchell's Blue & Court And Spark - Live At Dizzy's" - 2011)
White, Freddie (from "Lost And Found - The Early Albums" - 2002)
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TimothyChenAllen on 2015-Jan-16 at 22:54:26 GMT-5:
I've always wondered if this song was about James Taylor. I've always loved it.