Song Lyrics

Little Green

by Joni Mitchell

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Born with the moon in Cancer
Choose her a name she will answer to
Call her green and the winters cannot fade her
Call her green for the children who've made her
Little green, be a gypsy dancer

He went to California
Hearing that everything's warmer there
So you write him a letter and say "Her eyes are blue"
He sends you a poem and she's lost to you
Little green he's a non-conformer

Just a little green
Like the color when the spring is born
There'll be crocuses to bring to school tomorrow
Just a little green
Like the nights when the Northern lights perform
There'll be icicles and birthday clothes
And sometimes there'll be sorrow

Child with a child pretending
Weary of lies you are sending home
So you sign all the papers in the family name
You're sad and you're sorry but you're not ashamed
Little green have a happy ending

Just a little green
Like the color when the spring is born
There'll be crocuses to bring to school tomorrow
Just a little green
Like the nights when the Northern lights perform
There'll be icicles and birthday clothes
And sometimes there'll be sorrow

© October 16, 1967; Gandalf Pub Co,

Footnotes to Little Green

Joni introduced the song this way in late 1967 or early 1968:

"Saw Phil Ochs this week with his new A&M record, and he took us over to a record player and spent fourteen cuts listening to it and before every cut he would say, “Well, dig the change of pace here.” Well, these next two songs are pretty much in the same pace as my first one and I know since Revolver that that isn’t very hip, but they’re all very different and this is a song about a child who was born under a certain sign. Signs are very strange lately too, you know, I was in Ottawa, and I met some people at a party and I was dressed up in one of my favourite costumes which is sort of a gold good fairy costume, consists of gold shoes and gold stockings and a gold dress, and all sort of burnished in gold and I was playing a gold country gentleman electric guitar in a corner, and a girl came in, and a fellow came in and several people sat around and I was told that I was giving them good vibrations, and then they said to me, “Well, what sign are you?” and I said, I told them what sign I was, and they all left the room. So the next day I saw the girl who was sort of the high priestess of the whole cult there, and she said, “Listen, you know, like, I just have to do a reading on you,” so she did a reading on me and found out that I had moon in Pisces which saved me and they all liked me again. This is about a child who was born with the moon in Cancer, and I hope that’s good."

Transcriptions of Little Green

Little Green has been recorded by 80 other artists

  • Alfonso & Electra (- 2019)
  • Angel, Eleanor (from "Face To Face" - 2010)
  • Anita Camarella & Davide Facchini Duo (- 2012)
  • Antonia (from "Roots & Wings" - 2006)
  • Arc Iris (from "Foggy Lullaby" - 2018)
  • Be Slow (- 2010)
  • Big Yellow Taxi (from "Unknown And Famous Songs Of Joni Mitchell" - 2006)
  • Blue Tapestry (from "Blue Tapestry" - 2002)
  • Brinton, Melissa (from "Born With The Moon" - 2018)
  • Carlile, Brandi  (- 2020)
  • Carow, Anna (- 2012)
  • Casale, Rossana (from "Joni" - 2022)
  • Cat-Berro, Lisa (from "Inside Air" - 2012)
  • Chimera (- 2019)
  • Citizen Helene (from "Live At Zest Seven" - 2002)
  • Clark, Merideth Kaye (from "Blue " - 2016)
  • Cuzhero (- 2017)
  • Danny Fong & Meg Contini (- 2017)
  • Dee, Charlie (from "A Tribute To Joni Mitchell Live At Kriterion" - 2009)
  • Deming, Connie (from "Connie Sings Joni" - 2021)
  • Dennis, Dave, And Celia (from "Dennis, Dave, And Celia" - 1975)
  • Di Barius, Andrea  (- 2020)
  • Donuahue, Jack  (from "Lighthouse" - 2002)
  • Ebersole, Christine (from "After The Ball" - 2022)
  • ENiid (from "A Celebration of Joni Mitchell; songs by & for her + stories" - 2015)
  • Faccini, Piers (- 2015)
  • Fox, Lauren (from "Love, Lust, Fear & Freedom: The Songs of Joni Mitchell & Leonard Cohen" - 2013)
  • Fulvia Di Domenico and Tatoos Trio (from "Digital Single" - )
  • Heenan, Trish  (from "A Lot of World to See" - 2018)
  • Irma Schultz Keller (from "Blank is sånger av Joni Mitchell " - 2010)
  • James, Morgan (from "Blue" - 2016)
  • Jaye Evans & Louis Cooper (- 2011)
  • Jazzie (from "Jazzie" - 2018)
  • Jen Tak & Mirka Savčuková (from "Biograf" - 1995)
  • Kadoos (from "Joni Goes Dutch" - 2014)
  • Kelly McFarling & The Home Team (from "Others" - 2013)
  • Kennedy, Brian (from "A Love Letter To Joni" - 2013)
  • Kiki Wilmot & Kavisha Mazzella (from "Festival Folk Sing Joni Mitchell" - 2010)
  • King, Peter  (from "Crusade" - 1989)
  • Kirke (from "Live Recording" - 1998)
  • Konkova, Olga (from "Improvisational Four" - 2009)
  • Kurie, Peter (from "Songs For Hillary" - 2016)
  • Lautenknecht, Thomas  (from "Dein Mund gehört mir - EP 2007" - 2007)
  • Lesley Olsher and The Santa Fe Sound Machine (from "Anyone In Love" - 1994)
  • Lesley, Sally (from "I'll Stand By You...My Dear Friend" - 2007)
  • Maggie Hollinbeck & Graham Sobelman (from "Another Shade Of Blue" - 2014)
  • Mailich, Sun (- )
  • McFarling, Kelly  (from "UnderCover, Faultline Studios and Kalx Present: Joni Mitchell's Blue" - 2012)
  • Mia & The Steve Klink Trio (from "I Wish I Knew How..." - 1996)
  • Molaskey, Jessica (from "Portraits of Joni" - 2017)
  • Montes, Marguerite (- )
  • Otero, Florencia (from "Nocturno Mundo (Músicas de Joni Mitchell)" - 2012)
  • Patoenlapiz (from "Digital Single" - 2022)
  • Peimer, Elisa  (from "Joni Mitchell's Blue: a 40th Anniversary Celebration" - 2012)
  • Pendrell, Pamela  (from "Songs That Sing to Me" - 2020)
  • Piano Project (from "Piano Tribute to Joni Mitchell" - 2021)
  • Price, Sydney (from "Sydney Price" - 2006)
  • Quarantined Woodwind Ensemble (- 2020)
  • Reiber, Julie  (from "Love Travels" - 2012)
  • Robin Adler & Mutts of the Planet (from "Joni Mitchell's Blue & Court And Spark - Live At Dizzy's" - 2011)
  • Sandbloom, Kevin (from "Sandbloom Still Blue" - 2011)
  • Santing, Mathilde (from "Both Sides Now" - 2016)
  • Sascha Blejwas & Ina Hagenau (- )
  • Saskia (from "Live at The Roundhouse" - 2017)
  • Shah, Kavita (from "Visions" - 2014)
  • Skinner, Belle (from "Belle-Skinner Sings Joni Mitchell Live" - 2022)
  • Speace, Amy (from "Digital Single" - 2022)
  • Summerfield, Katie Rose  (- 2014)
  • Sunaga t experience and J.Lamotta Suzume (from "Re Blue" - 2022)
  • Sunship & Ceri Evans (from "Digital Single" - 2022)
  • Sutton, Tierney  (from "After Blue" - 2013)
  • The Bryan Thomas Band (from "PazFest - The New Orleans Tribute to Joni Mitchell at the Howlin' Wolf" - 2002)
  • The Masters School Jazz Band (from "Joni Mitchell Blue" - 2020)
  • Tilmann Höhn, Annette Marquard, & Kate Nelson  (from "Circle Games" - 2009)
  • Timmer, Inez (from "Baas Giele Taksy" - 2021)
  • Ulla Lindhardt & Comely Grace (from "Stormy Stillness" - 2003)
  • Vinegar Brain (from "Love?" - 2003)
  • Volker Niehusmann & Christiane Weber (from "Another Blue" - 1997)
  • Wiley, Alicia  (from "Halfway Home" - 2009)
  • Yitsak (- )
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carmelrotem on

this song makes me want to cry every time I listen to it.
I think a big part of the greatnes in Joni is that she can make you identify with situations you've never been in, and feel like you're living them.