Song Lyrics

Dona, Dona, Dona

by Sholom Secunda and Aaron Zeitlin

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[the specific lyrics Joni sang are unknown]

Footnotes to Dona, Dona, Dona

Late in 1963, Joni wrote out a list of 28 songs in her repertoire- of which this was one. All were presumably considered for performing at the 1963 'early' session in Saskatoon (released on Archive Series 1) although this one was not recorded.

"Dona Dona" popularly known as "Donna, Donna" is a song about a calf being led to slaughter written by Sholom Secunda and Aaron Zeitlin. The song became especially popular after being recorded by Joan Baez in 1960 in her album Joan Baez. In her version, the song is retitled "Donna, Donna" (doubling the n"). This became very popular and later versions also used the double "n". The song became a staple of Baez and was used in the human rights protest movement in the 1960s.

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