Shine

Joni Mitchell has not had an easy time of it lately. The iconic Canadian singer-songwriter suffered a brain aneurysm in late May 2015 and had difficulty speaking afterwards. She also claimed to be suffering from Morgellons Syndrome, which is considered a rare psychosomatic disorder where a person feels that their skin is crawling. To quote: “Fibers in a variety of colors protrude out of my skin like mushrooms after a rainstorm: they cannot be forensically identified as animal, vegetable or mineral. ’’

She also claims to be a smoker since she was nine years old and says that smoking has ruined her voice; hence no album since 2007’s Shine.

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Joni is 73.

I happened to be listening to the title song the other day as it came on my IPod Shuffle and I thought I’d share the lyrics with you and invite you to see a video on YouTube where someone has put her song to photos (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uL02RTGMrQg).

Shine confirms, on top of all the great music she put out in the 60’s and 70’s, Joni Mitchell’s place in the pantheon of Rock, Pop & Folk greats, up there among Canada’s most renowned: Leonard Cohen, Bruce Cockburn and Gordon Lightfoot, and moreover, as the latter also are, among the world’s great musical artists.

So: enjoy, and let the music and lyrics help you slow down a little and ponder the state of the world.

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Shine

By Joni Mitchell

Oh let your little light shine
Let your little light shine
Shine on Wall Street and Vegas
Place your bets
Shine on the fishermen
With nothing in their nets
Shine on rising oceans and evaporating seas
Shine on our Frankenstein technologies
Shine on science
With its tunnel vision
Shine on fertile farmland
Buried under subdivisions

Let your little light shine
Let your little light shine
Shine on the dazzling darkness
That restores us in deep sleep
Shine on what we throw away
And what we keep

Shine on Reverend Pearson
Who threw away
The vain old God
kept Dickens and Rembrandt and Beethoven
And fresh plowed sod
Shine on good earth, good air, good water
And a safe place
For kids to play
Shine on bombs exploding
Half a mile away

Let your little light shine
Let your little light shine
Shine on world-wide traffic jams
Honking day and night
Shine on another asshole
Passing on the right!
Shine on the red light runners
Busy talking on their cell phones
Shine on the Catholic Church
And the prisons that it owns
Shine on all the Churches
They all love less and less
Shine on a hopeful girl
In a dreamy dress

Let your little light shine
Let your little light shine
Shine on good humor
Shine on good will
Shine on lousy leadership
Licensed to kill
Shine on dying soldiers
In patriotic pain
Shine on mass destruction
In some God’s name!
Shine on the pioneers
Those seekers of mental health
Craving simplicity
They traveled inward
Past themselves…
May all their little lights shine

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