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In France They Kiss On Main Street

by Joni Mitchell

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My darling dime store thief
In the War of Independence
Rock 'n' roll rang sweet as victory
Under neon signs
A girl was in bloom
And a woman was fading
In a suburban room
I said take me to the dance
Do you want to dance?
I love to dance
And I told him They don't take chances
They seem so removed from romance
They've been broken in churches and schools
And molded to middle class circumstance
And we were rolling rolling rock 'n' rolling

The dance halls and cafes
Feel so wild you could break somebody's heart
Just doing the latest dance craze
Gail and Louise
In those push-up brassieres
Tight dresses and rhinestone rings
Drinking up the band's beers
Young love was kissing under bridges
Kissing in cars kissing in cafes
And we were walking down Main Street
Kisses like bright flags hung on holidays
In France they kiss on Main Street
Amour, mama, not cheap display
And we were rolling, rolling, rock 'n' rolling

In the pinball arcade
With his head full of pool hall pitches
And songs from the hit parade
He'd be singing "Bye Bye Love"
While he's racking up his free play
Let those rock 'n' roll choir boys
Come and carry us away
Sometimes Chickie had the car
Or Ron had a car
Or Lead Foot Melvin with his hot-wire head
We'd all go looking for a party
Looking to raise Jesus up from the dead
And I'd be kissing in the back seat
Thrilling to the Brando-like things that he said
And we'd be rolling rolling rock 'n' rolling

© July 3, 1975; Crazy Crow Music (as "In France")

Transcriptions of In France They Kiss On Main Street

In France They Kiss On Main Street has been recorded by 27 other artists

  • Blue Tapestry (from "Blue Tapestry" - 2002)
  • Bodemann, Sara  (- 2015)
  • Cossu, Barbara (- 2013)
  • Dee, Charlie (from "A Tribute To Joni Mitchell Live At Kriterion" - 2009)
  • Eden, Joanna (from "Joni & Me" - 2016)
  • Fabio Ranza & Elisabetta Zamberlan (from "Be Cool" - 2002)
  • Foni Mitchell (from "Foni Mitchell" - 2022)
  • Jasmin Hagemann Quartett (- )
  • Joseph, Greg (from "Drop the Rock" - 2023)
  • Konkova, Olga (from "Improvisational Four" - 2009)
  • Lahm, David (from "More Jazz Takes on Joni Mitchell" - 2001)
  • Love City Music Collective (- 2020)
  • Martone, Fabiana  (from "Living In Shadows and Light" - 2021)
  • Molaskey, Jessica (from "Portraits of Joni" - 2017)
  • Moran Cohen Talmor & Rami Yosifov (from "Rami Yosifov & Moran Cohen Talmor" - 2019)
  • Naked Blue (from "Strathmore Presents - A Tribute To Joni Mitchell" - 2009)
  • Piano Project (from "Piano Tribute to Joni Mitchell" - 2021)
  • Robin Adler & Mutts of the Planet (- )
  • Santing, Mathilde (- 2016)
  • Santing, Mathilde (from "Both Sides Now (Live)" - 2020)
  • Scattergood, Liz (- )
  • Shaw, Ian (from "The Theory of Joy" - 2016)
  • Sheard, Mia (- )
  • The Fourth Stream (from "The Fourth Stream" - 2004)
  • The Swingle Singers II (from "Lovin' You" - 1976)
  • Tincher, Jeff (from "All I Want" - 2015)
  • Yuki Arimasa/Hisatsugu Suzuki/Dairiki Hara (from "TrioSamadhi" - 2020)
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