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by Joni Mitchell   Printer-friendly version of this lyric

The wind is in from Africa
Last night I couldn't sleep
Oh, you know it sure is hard to leave here Carey
But it's really not my home
My fingernails are filthy, I got beach tar on my feet
And I miss my clean white linen and my fancy French cologne

Oh Carey get out your cane
And I'll put on some silver
Oh you're a mean old Daddy
But I like you fine

Come on down to the Mermaid Café and I will
Buy you a bottle of wine
And we'll laugh and toast to nothing and smash our empty glasses down
Let's have a round for these freaks and these soldiers
A round for these friends of mine
Let's have another round for the bright red devil
Who keeps me in this tourist town

Come on Carey get out your cane
I'll put on some silver
Oh you're a mean old Daddy
But I like you

Maybe I'll go to Amsterdam
Maybe I'll go to Rome
And rent me a grand piano
And put some flowers 'round my room
But let's not talk about fare-thee-wells now
The night is a starry dome
And they're playin' that scratchy rock and roll
Beneath the Matala Moon

Come on Carey get out your cane
I'll put on some silver
We'll go to the Mermaid Café
Have fun tonight

The wind is in from Africa
Last night I couldn't sleep
Oh you know it sure is hard to leave here
But it's really not my home

Maybe it's been too long a time
Since I was scramblin' down in the street
Now they got me used to that clean white linen
And that fancy French cologne

Oh Carey get out your cane
I'll put on my finest silver
We'll go to the Mermaid Café
Have fun tonight
I said, Oh, you're a mean old Daddy but I like you
But you're out of sight

© 1970; Joni Mitchell

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Guitar Transcriptions of Carey

Carey has been recorded by 83 others

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Aleksandersen, Frank (from "Stille For Stormen" - 1985)
Andersson, Theresa  (from "Vibes" - 1994)
Anntones (from "Everything We Touch Turns to Hits" - 2005)
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Beck, Mike (from "Mariposa Wind" - 2001)
Big Yellow Taxi (from "Unknown And Famous Songs Of Joni Mitchell" - 2006)
Borkowski, Evan (- 2005)
Bradley, Sharon (from "Hello In There" - 1982)
Bremnes, Kari (from "Folk I Husan" - )
Cactus Acoustic Duo (- )
Callaway, Ann Hampton  (from "At Last" - 2009)
Canadian Suite (from "Coast to Coast" - 2002)
Chateau Beach & Russ Kunkel (from "Rivage" - 2008)
Clarke, Rona (from "Utopian Dream" - 1975)
Collins, Jo (from "Watercolours" - 1999)
Colter, Trish & Paul Reed (from "The Dance Never Ends" - 1997)
Davidson, Dianne (from "Mountain Mama" - 1972)
Dee, Kiki  (from "Kiki Dee Live - Almost Naked" - 1995)
Donna Colton And The Troublemakers (from "Tryst" - 2007)
Dorothy Zerbe & The Savage Beast String Band (from "Live At Mt. Morris" - 2014)
Elsmore, Theresa (- )
Erelli, Mark (- 2004)
Faulkner, Lisa (from "Hearth" - 2004)
Flash Connection (from "Talk To Me" - 2006)
Ford, Dorian (from "Songs Trio Live" - 2007)
Gazarek, Sara (from "Return To You" - 2007)
Generation Jones (- 2010)
Goldman, Sharon  (from "Joni Mitchell's Blue: a 40th Anniversary Celebration" - 2012)
Grossman, Judd (from "I'm Innocent" - 2002)
Gypsy (from "There's Still Hope" - 2008)
Hadjidakis, Elpida  (- 2013)
Haime, Vera  (from "Came Upon A Child of God" - 2000)
Haselden, Ronald (- 2014)
Hawn, Goldie (from "Goldie" - 1972)
Jaye Evans with Louis Nahas (- 2011)
Klonakilty (from "Symbiosis" - )
Lapidus, Joellen (from "Joellen Lapidus In Concert" - 2005)
Larry D (from "Go Go Go" - 2003)
Lauper, Cyndi (from "An All-Star Tribute to Joni Mitchell (TV Broadcast)" - 2000)
Leora Cashe & The Ross Taggart Trio  (from "Another Side Now - The Songs of Joni Mitchell" - 2007)
Lindfors, Lill (from "Jag Vill Na Dig" - 1984)
Loren, Halie (from "After Dark" - 2010)
Lorenzo Riccardi Band  (from "Lorenzo Riccardi Band " - 1990)
Lundell, Ulf (from "Längne Inät Landet" - 1980)
Maggie Hollinbeck & Graham Sobelman (from "Another Shade Of Blue" - 2014)
Malone, Tony (from "Drastic Measures 1979-1992" - 1992)
Margot Macdonald, Lea, Deeme Katson, & Grace Griffith (from "Strathmore Presents - A Tribute To Joni Mitchell" - 2009)
Marian Hoiting Kwartet (from "Celebrate The Heart" - 1999)
Marsyas  (from "V mýdlových bublinách (Live 1973-1978)" - 2012)
Martin, Kathleen A. (- )
Martin, Sally  (from "Another Time, Another Place" - 2007)
Matthews, Julie (from "Festival Folk Sing Joni Mitchell" - 2010)
Mesland, Ron (from "Uiterwaarden " - 2007)
Mills, Josie (- 2008)
Murray, Martha Wilke (from "South of Somewhere" - 2010)
Nereide (from "Nereide sings Joni Mitchell" - 2010)
Olsiewicz, Krystyna  (from "Encyclopediac 2" - 1999)
Rachel Z Trio (from "Moon At The Window" - 2002)
Radiator Hospital (from "Mall Of America" - 2013)
Random Maxx (from "Senseless Beauty" - 1999)
Raug, Pia (from "Saga" - 1979)
Real Time (from "Hell And High Water" - 2004)
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Sagorin, Jinny (from "It's For You" - 2004)
Sally Barker - Joni Mitchell Project (from "Conversation: The Joni Tapes" - 2010)
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Schettino, Gemma (- 2004)
Simpson, Kathy (from "Vagabond" - 2011)
Sorenson, Sutton (from "Long, Long Time" - 2012)
Spinelli, Tony (from "Blue Rose of Memphis" - 2002)
The Beth Custer Ensemble (from "UnderCover, Faultline Studios and Kalx Present: Joni Mitchell's Blue" - 2012)
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bethny on 2015-Jan-21 at 14:03:11 GMT-5:
If you love this song, as I do, you must listen to the Dianne Davidson version, recorded in the early 1970's but just made available for the first time on CDBaby in 2015.

I landed here while googling for the lyrics, didn't realize Joni Mitchell, one of my all-time favorite song writers, had written it. Now off to listen to the Joni version.
Dielle on 2014-Oct-08 at 08:48:14 GMT-5:
I love this song - from one of my favourite albums of Joni. Great tune, uplifting and great to sing too!
dalex99 on 2013-Feb-25 at 09:02:33 GMT-5:
The freaks were the people living in the caves and the soldiers they came now and then to throw them out. At least I think so, it's been so long. I too find this a beautiful song, usually happy to hear it again, sometimes choke up thinking of good times gone forever. However, carpe diem, no?
pmlevine on 2012-Jun-30 at 19:51:11 GMT-5:
oh please, no other comments on Carey?
beautiful melodious song; as a survivor of the 60's the line "let's have a round for these freaks and solders, let's have a round for these friends of mine" resonates in me for some reason.