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  1. People's Parties

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People's Parties is written and arranged by Joni Mitchell. Performed by Caroline Waters - vocals, guitar, background vocals. Recorded at Tom Zink's studio in Long Beach. Mastered by Leslie Chew. Sound Recording © by Caroline Waters. Label: Redhead Records. Publishing: Red Velvet Sensations, ASCAP. Booking and Licensing: booking@carolinewaters.com


Words and Music by Joni Mitchell

All the people at this party
They've got a lot of style
They've got stamps from many countries
Some have passport smiles
Some are friendly
Some are cutting
Some are watching it from the wings
Some are standing in the centre
Giving to get something

Photo Beauty gets attention
Then her eye paint's running down
She's got a rose in her teeth
And a lampshade crown
One minute she's so happy
Then she's crying on someone's knee
Saying laughing and crying
You know it's the same release

I told you when I met you
I was crazy
Cry for us all Beauty
Cry for Eddie in the corner
Thinking he's nobody
And Jack behind his joker
And stone-cold Grace behind her fan
And me in frightened silence
Thinking I don't understand

I feel like I'm sleeping
Can you wake me
You seem to have a broader sensibility
I'm just living on nerves and feelings
In a weak and a lazy mind
And coming to peoples parties
Fumbling deaf dumb and blind

I wish I had more sense ot humor
Keeping the sadness at bay
Throwing the lightness on these things
Laughing it all away
Laughing it alI away
Laughing it all away