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Woodstock

by Joni Mitchell

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I came upon a child of God
He was walking along the road
And I asked him where are you going
And this he told me
I'm going on down to Yasgur's farm *
I'm going to join in a rock 'n' roll band
I'm going to camp out on the land
I'm going to try an' get my soul free

We are stardust
We are golden
And we've got to get ourselves
Back to the garden

Then can I walk beside you
I have come here to lose the smog
And I feel to be a cog in something turning
Well maybe it is just the time of year
Or maybe it's the time of man
I don't know who I am
But you know life is for learning

We are stardust
We are golden
And we've got to get ourselves
Back to the garden

By the time we got to Woodstock
We were half a million strong
And everywhere there was song and celebration
And I dreamed I saw the bombers
Riding shotgun in the sky
And they were turning into butterflies
Above our nation

We are stardust
Billion year old carbon
We are golden
Caught in the devil's bargain
And we've got to get ourselves
back to the garden

© Siquomb Publishing Company

Footnotes to Woodstock

Joni introduced the song this way on November 29, 1969

“Everybody knows about Woodstock. (Applause) I started off to go there. I was playing in Chicago. And then…my manager…and the group…and, uh, we’d just finished playing in Chicago. They were on their way to the festival. And I was on my way with them, except I had to do a television show the following Monday.

So Sunday afternoon we arrived at the New York Airport and there were all sorts of hassles with helicopters and transportation into the festival. And, uh, so I got abandoned there; I got left behind, and I felt really terrible. I went back into New York City and turned on my television in my hotel room and watched the little bits of it that they put on the news and felt sorry for myself.

And then when I saw the magazine articles and pictures of them and everything, I really, really felt sorry for myself, because it’ll never happen again, of course. They’ll try and recapture it, you know, and it’ll just get worse and worse and worse. Well, maybe that’s a pessimistic way to look at it, but, I don’t know.

It was really something, that people could be so good to each other. Even if it was only for three days. All those people being good to each other for three whole days. Fantastic. (Laughter)

So I wrote a song for that group to sing. Actually I wrote it for myself to sing. And, uh, here I’m gonna sing it anyway. I hope everybody’s….(inaudible).

Guitar Transcriptions of Woodstock

Piano Transcriptions of Woodstock

Woodstock has been recorded by 306 others

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  • Alan Caddy Orchestra & Singers (from "Six Top Hits" - 1970)
  • Alan Tew Orchestra (from "These I Like" - 1971)
  • Aldrich, Ronnie  (from "Love Story" - 1971)
  • Alexander & Noelle (from "(45 single)" - 1981)
  • Allen, Phil (from "The Happy Hammond Goes Pop" - 1971)
  • Alvarez, Guada (from "Homenaje a Joni Mitchell IX Festival Ondas de Jazz en la cuidad" - 2015)
  • America (from "Back Pages" - 2011) [buy at Amazon]
  • Anomalie (- 2014)
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  • Anthony, Karl (from "All Of Us" - 2002) [buy at Amazon]
  • Antonini, Elisabetta  (from "The Beat Goes On" - 2014) [buy at Amazon]
  • Aplin, Gabrielle (- 2016)
  • Artists In Resonance (from "Enriched with Beta Carotene " - 1992)
  • Askins, Mary  (from "Same Old Love Songs" - 1992)
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  • Austra (from "Feel It Break" - 2011)
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  • Baker St. Philharmonic (from "Yesterday's Dreams" - 1972)
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  • Beretmusic (from "Beretmusic" - 1970)
  • Berge, Bjørn  (from "Blackwood" - 2011)
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  • Bill Durst Band (from "The Wharncliffe Sessions" - 2005)
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  • Borzym, Monika  (from "Back To The Garden" - 2016)
  • Breeze Babes (- )
  • Brown, Wayne Roland (from "Wayne Roland Brown" - 1974)
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  • Campbell, Tracey (from "Gold" - 1997)
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  • Chapman, Kate (- 2009)
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  • Cohen, Jonathan (from "Hush Now, Sweet Child" - 1995)
  • Collins, Reina (from "Austin To Boston" - 2007)
  • Common Ground (from "In My Life" - 1999)
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  • Count Dee's Hit Explosion (from "One-Hit Wonders Of The 70's, Vol. 1" - 2008)
  • Cowan, Sally (from "Yankee Lady" - )
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  • Die Erde (from "Kch Kch Kch" - 1989)
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  • Distant Cousins  (from "Covering the Classics" - 2002)
  • Divisi (from "Red Hot" - 2004)
  • Djelem Project (from "A Sky With No Clouds" - 2008)
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  • Dreamcatcher (from "Back To The Moon" - 2008)
  • Duo Latte (- 2005)
  • Dworsky, Richard (from "Back To The Garden" - 1992)
  • Easy Rider Band (from "Live at Red Onion" - )
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  • Eden, Joanna (from "Joni & Me" - 2016)
  • ENiid (from "A Celebration of Joni Mitchell; songs by & for her + stories" - 2015)
  • Erik Archbold & Laura Schopen (from " Strawberry Fields Forever Music Festival 2013" - 2013)
  • Euro Grass (from "Made In Europe" - 1996)
  • Fagan, Kate (from "Festival Folk Sing Joni Mitchell" - 2010)
  • Fairburn, Carlie  (- 2013)
  • Fairport Convention (from "Cropredy Capers: 25 Years of Fairport Convention and Friends at Cropredy Festival" - 2004)
  • Ferraro, Damián  (- 2013)
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  • Fraser, Brooke  (from "Without You (CD Single)" - 2005)
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  • Hamill, Liz (from "Woodstock at the Crossroads" - 2012)
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  • Henning Olsen Band (from "A Tribute Minus Mitchell" - 2004)
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  • Inasense (from "Get Your Shinebox" - 2000)
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  • James, Adam (- 2013)
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  • Kelly, Julie (from "Everything I Love" - 2006)
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  • Lahm, David (from "More Jazz Takes on Joni Mitchell" - 2001)
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  • Lamun, Laura (- 2000)
  • Lancton, Bill (from "Vintage Melange" - 2004)
  • Lea & Jon Carroll (from "Strathmore Presents - A Tribute To Joni Mitchell" - 2009)
  • Led Zeppelin (from "Kashmir (Bootleg)" - 1975)
  • Lehman, Ted (from "Left Overs" - )
  • Leora Cashe & The Ross Taggart Trio  (from "Another Side Now - The Songs of Joni Mitchell" - 2007)
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  • Michel, Jane (from "The World of American Folk" - 1997)
  • Microdisney (- )
  • Mike the Swan (from "15 Occasional Mood Swings" - 2005)
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  • Monica Guareschi Group (from "Monica Guareschi Group" - 1995)
  • Montes, Marguerite (- 2010)
  • Moore, Kathy (from "Across Time; singing & songs by Kathy Moore" - 2007)
  • Morrau, Sarah (from "Here's To Life" - 2008)
  • Mosole, Gianluca (from "Magazine" - 1994)
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  • My Father's Hammer  (from "Single" - 2011)
  • Nanaco (from "Love Is A Drug" - 1996)
  • Nanaco, Sato (from "Woodstock Breeders" - )
  • New Era (from "New Era" - )
  • Nick Vernier Band (- 2009)
  • Nilsson, Sten (from "45 RPM Single" - 1971)
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  • Paris, Genevieve (from "Entre Le Vert Et Le Gris" - 1978)
  • Patchy Fogg (from "Today's Weather...." - 1975)
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  • Prevost, Kim and Bill Solley (from "PazFest - The New Orleans Tribute to Joni Mitchell at the Howlin' Wolf" - 2002)
  • Raider, Nat (from "Superstar" - )
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  • Robin Adler & Dave Blackburn (- 2007)
  • Robin Adler & Mutts of the Planet (from "Safaris to the Heart - The Songs of Joni Mitchell" - 2010)
  • Roggen, Live Marie & Lars Andreas Haug (from "Tuba" - 1998)
  • Rosanes, Tamra (from "The Very Best Of" - 2012)
  • Roy Peters And Friends (from "Sunday Morning Singer" - )
  • Runaway Express (from "Woodstock" - 2007)
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  • Scintilla, Kalya  (- 2012)
  • Scott, Tom (from "Great Scott" - 1971)
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  • Scruggs, Gary & Randy Scruggs (from "All The Way Home" - 1970)
  • Severson, Jeff (from "Flashback" - 2011)
  • Shadows and Light (- )
  • Sharps and Flats (from "Screen Jazz & Rock" - 1970)
  • Shiratori, Emiko (from "Brand New World" - 2001)
  • Showdown (from "Wild Wild West" - )
  • Siggi Schwarz & The Rock Legends (from "Siggi Schwarz & The Rock Legends - Woodstock (Vol. 2)" - 2005)
  • Sight and Sound (from "Movie Themes of Today" - 1971)
  • Sing-In Boulder (from "Let's Be Real" - )
  • Skylark (- 1973)
  • Slean, Sarah (- )
  • Slean, Sarah (- 2007)
  • Smith, Sara (from "A Tribute To Joni Mitchell" - 1974)
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  • Sonido Electrico (from "Sonido Electrico" - 1972)
  • Soulfarm (from "Live at Wetlands" - 2000)
  • Spin Doctors (from "CD Single" - 1994)
  • Spring Fever (from "Woodstock" - )
  • Stone, Mike (from "Sunny Afternoon" - 2011)
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  • Sutton, Tierney  (from "After Blue" - 2013) [buy at Amazon]
  • Suzanne (from "Oh Suzanne" - )
  • Suzanne M. Sheridan & And the Suzanne Sheridan Band (from "Suzanne Sheridan Sings the Music of Joni Mitchell & Leonard Cohen" - 2012)
  • Sweet Harmony (from "Woodstock (Revisited)" - 2004)
  • Syracuse University Marching Band (from "Pride of the Orange 1995" - )
  • Tatyana Balakirsky & Alex Nadjarov (from "Live at MuzEnergo-4" - 2008)
  • Taylor, James (from "(Live)" - 1997)
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  • The BB Band (from "Let's Go To San Francisco" - 2000)
  • The Bird Sisters (from "FLO" - 1990)
  • The Bruce Baxter Set (from "Top Of The Pops" - 1970)
  • The Bully Boys Band (from "Movie Scene" - )
  • The Care Package (from "Keep On Keeping On" - 1970)
  • The Crawfords - Mario Cavallero Et Son Orchestre (from "Hippies Story " - )
  • The Eden Rocs (from "Reggae and Hard Rock" - 1979)
  • The English Group (from "45 Single" - )
  • The Escape Committee (from "Four Upstanding Live" - 2005)
  • The Heart Collectors (- 2016)
  • The Hit Crew (from "Drew's Famous 30 Greatest Folk Songs" - 2003)
  • The Joni Mitchell Project (- 2014)
  • The Killers (from "Good Bye" - 1971)
  • The Michael Raitzyk Trio (from "Blues For Jake" - 2003)
  • The Pete Barenbregge/Frank Russo Group (from "Point Of Grace" - 2003)
  • The Piddletown Brothers (from "The Great British Folk Rock Revival (New Recordings in the Style of Mumford & Sons)" - 2013) [buy at Amazon]
  • The Retro Rockets (- )
  • The Rock Gods (from "Classic Rock Smash Hits" - 2010) [buy at Amazon]
  • The Soundbytes (from "Soundbytes" - 2000)
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  • The Stanford University Marching Band (from "The Incomparable Leland Stanford Junior University Marching Band" - )
  • The Woodies (from "Out Of The Woodwork" - 1994)
  • The Young Brothers (- )
  • Thompson, Patrick (from "5 Winter Afternoons" - 2004)
  • Thompson, Richard (from "An All-Star Tribute to Joni Mitchell (TV Broadcast)" - 2000)
  • Tichá Dohoda (from "UnplugGAG (Akustické LP Live) " - 1993)
  • Tilmann Höhn, Annette Marquard, & Kate Nelson  (from "Circle Games" - 2009)
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  • Toran, Arthur (- )
  • Törnfeldt, Gunilla (- )
  • Tuck and Patti (from "Learning How To Fly" - 1994)
  • Tyler, Kevin (from "Kevin Tyler Live at Almont" - 2008)
  • van Nunen, Patricia (from "19:19" - 2001)
  • Venice (from "2 Meter Sessies" - 2000)
  • Vox One (from "Pure Imagination " - 2005)
  • W.O.W. (from "Back To The Garden" - 1992)
  • West, David (from "Pickin' On Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young: a tribute" - 2000)
  • Wheezetones (- 2007)
  • Will Taylor And Strings Attached (from "Back To The Garden: A Tribute To Joni Mitchell" - 2007)
  • Williams, John (from "Off the Record With John Williams" - 1984)
  • Williams, Keller  (- )
  • Wise, Mark (from "Mark Wise" - 2002)
  • Witness (from "More Than A Song" - 2003)
  • Wolf, Eugene (from "Clear" - 2009)
  • Wonder, Stevie (from "A Case Of Joni" - 2000)
  • Woodstock The Story (from "Woodstock The Story Live" - 2013) [buy at Amazon]
  • Yaschur III, John  (from "Home Fire" - 2014)
  • Young, David (from "Woodstock - The Mystery Of Destiny" - 2007)
  • Zervas and Pepper (- 2014)
  • Αγάπανθος  (from "Αγάπανθος " - 1976) [buy at Amazon]
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lynx on

CSN+Y's version of this song is the one that got all the airplay around here, Memphis TN, but I almost wish they hadn't recorded it so we'd have heard Joni's more.

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