Song Lyrics

Down To You

by Joni Mitchell

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Everything comes and goes
Marked by lovers and styles of clothes
Things that you held high
And told yourself were true
Lost or changing as the days come down to you
Down to you
Constant stranger
You're a kind person
You're a cold person too
It's down to you
It all comes down to you

You go down to the pick up station
Craving warmth and beauty
You settle for less than fascination
A few drinks later you're not so choosy
When the closing lights strip off the shadows
On this strange new flesh you've found
Clutching the night to you like a fig leaf
You hurry
To the blackness
And the blankets
To lay down an impression
And your loneliness

In the morning there are lovers in the street
They look so high
You brush against a stranger
And you both apologize
Old friends seem indifferent
You must have brought that on
Old bonds have broken down
Love is gone
Oooh love is gone
Written on your spirit this sad song
Love is gone

Everything comes and goes
Pleasure moves on too early
And trouble leaves too slow
Just when you're thinking
You've finally got it made
Bad news comes knocking
At your garden gate
Knocking for you
Constant stranger
You're a brute you're an angel
You can crawl you can fly too
It's down to you
It all comes down to you

© November 28, 1973; Crazy Crow Music

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Down To You has been recorded by 18 other artists

  • Adler, Robin (- )
  • Carlile, Brandi  (from "Joni 75: A Birthday Celebration" - 2019)
  • Chappell Kingsland (from "this 'n' that" - )
  • Colin Steele Quartet (from "Joni: Jazz Interpretations of the Joni Mitchell Songbook" - 2020)
  • Colman, Sara (from "Ink On A Pin" - 2021)
  • Colosseum II (from "Strange New Flesh" - 1976)
  • Court And Spark Band (- )
  • Gamble, William (from "Wild Bill and the Arkanauts: Trouble" - 2010)
  • Jean-Phillippe Guy & Lori Lorenzen (from "Like A Wheel Within A Wheel" - 2012)
  • Kenny, Claire  (from "Digital Single" - 2022)
  • Kroll, Janelle (- 2015)
  • Lagan, Mandy (from "The Joni Book II" - 2017)
  • Lydia Van Dam Group (from "Both Sides Now" - 1999)
  • Otero, Florencia (from "Nocturno Mundo (Músicas de Joni Mitchell)" - 2012)
  • Piano Project (from "Piano Tribute to Joni Mitchell" - 2021)
  • Robin Adler & Mutts of the Planet (from "Joni Mitchell's Blue & Court And Spark - Live At Dizzy's" - 2011)
  • Scott Kinsey / Mer Sal (from "Adjustments" - 2021)
  • Souza, Luciana (from "The New Bossa Nova" - 2007)
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danno on

the weaving of her voice as a chorus along with the woodwinds in and out here is at its best...
Old bonds have broken down
Love is gone