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Two Grey Rooms

by Joni Mitchell

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Tomorrow is Sunday
Now there's only one day left to go
Till you walk by
Below my window
The weekends drive me mad
Holidays are oh too sad
'Cause you don't go
Below my window

No one knows I'm here
One day I just disappeared
And I took these two grey rooms up here
With a view
When you walk by
Below my window

You look so youthful
Time has been untruthful
Heaven knows I loved you
30 years ago
Hot days your shirt's undone
Rainy days you run
Oh and then you fade so fast
Below my window

No one knows I'm here
One day I just disappeared
And I took these two grey rooms up here
With a view
Only when you walk by
Below my window
When you walk by

Below my window
Below my window
Hey hey
Below my window
Below my window
Below my window

© 1991; Crazy Crow Music

Footnotes to Two Grey Rooms

As archived in Mojo Magazine's March 2019 issue: “I had that music back around the time of [1982’s] Wild Things Run Fast, but it took seven years to find the story to fit the music. It’s a story of obsession…about this German aristocrat who had a lover in his youth that he never got over. He later finds this man working on a dock and notices the path that the man takes every day to and from work. So the aristocrat gives up his fancy digs and moves to these two shabby grey rooms overlooking this street, just to watch this man walk to and from work. That’s a song that shows my songs aren’t all self-portraits.”

Two Grey Rooms has been recorded by 17 other artists

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danno on

the spareness, the simplicity of the emotional statement is so beautiful... ah yes, nothing as hauntingly painful as lost unrequited love. i know!

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