A Case of You by Joni Mitchell

I have listened to Joni Mitchell’s song A Case of You from her album Blue more times than any song. Jackson Browne’s Sky Blue and Black might be a tie. I have been a fan of the television show The Voice since the first season. This season, the first time I heard Addison Agen’s voice, she was the one who grabbed my attention. Last night when I heard the first note of A Case of You, my heart leapt with delight when I realized she was singing my favorite Joni song.  But then she didn’t sing the lyrics I’ve known all these years. In the past, the song lyrics are shortened for the performances. She left out the best lines-the very best lines. .  I’m frightened by the devil
And I’m drawn to those ones that ain’t afraid I remember that time you told me you said
“Love is touching souls”
Surely you touched mine
‘Cause part of you pours out of me
In these lines from time to time
Oh, you’re in my blood like holy wine
You taste so bitter and so sweet

She sang the song beautifully. I adore her voice. I downloaded the song on iTunes hoping the lyrics would be correct. They aren’t correct. And in her version she thinks Joni used a cartoon poster not a cartoon coaster. I forgive her since she is 16 and has no idea about bar coasters and doesn’t know Joni is an artist.

In 2013 when James Wolpert sang Joni’s song A Case of You,  my heart stopped in amazement listening to his perfect version. I wanted him to win that season which he didn’t but I still believe his version is right up there just a smidgen behind Joni. I also adore Diana Krall’s version of the song.

That is all I have to say. I’m going to listen to a case of Joni. Here are the perfect lyrics from Joni’s web page.

A Case Of You

by Joni Mitchell

Just before our love got lost you said
“I am as constant as a northern star”
And I said “Constantly in the darkness
Where’s that at?
If you want me I’ll be in the bar”

On the back of a cartoon coaster
In the blue TV screen light
I drew a map of Canada
Oh Canada
With your face sketched on it twice
Oh you’re in my blood like holy wine
You taste so bitter and so sweet

Oh I could drink a case of you darling
Still I’d be on my feet
oh I would still be on my feet

Oh I am a lonely painter
I live in a box of paints
I’m frightened by the devil
And I’m drawn to those ones that ain’t afraid

I remember that time you told me you said
“Love is touching souls”
Surely you touched mine
‘Cause part of you pours out of me
In these lines from time to time
Oh, you’re in my blood like holy wine
You taste so bitter and so sweet

Oh I could drink a case of you darling
And I would still be on my feet
I would still be on my feet

I met a woman
She had a mouth like yours
She knew your life
She knew your devils and your deeds
And she said
“Go to him, stay with him if you can
But be prepared to bleed”

Oh but you are in my blood
You’re my holy wine
You’re so bitter, bitter and so sweet

Oh, I could drink a case of you darling
Still I’d be on my feet
I would still be on my feet

© 1970; Joni Mitchell

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There’s a hunger for love

“The greatest disease in the West today is not TB or leprosy; it is being unwanted, unloved, and uncared for. We can cure physical diseases with medicine, but the only cure for loneliness, despair, and hopelessness is love. There are many in the world who are dying for a piece of bread but there are many more dying for a little love. The poverty in the West is a different kind of poverty — it is not only a poverty of loneliness but also of spirituality. There’s a hunger for love, as there is a hunger for God.”

Mother Teresa, A Simple Path: Mother Teresa

10 Commandments for Maintaining Perfect Health

  • Accept criticism as the other person’s problem not yours
  • Appreciate yourself and reaffirm your self-worth whenever possible
  • Rather than fretting about what you don’t have, appreciate what you do have
  • See the good points and positive aspects in circumstances. Try to see even your problems as happening ‘for the best’
  • Rather than looking backward with sorrow, look forward with joyous expectation
  • Learn from mistakes so that you can convert them into triumphs
  • Insulate yourself from unpleasant surroundings through wholesome detachment
  • Let go of what you no longer need and make the most of what you now attract
  • Grow in courage and self-mastery from every circumstance
  • Be aware of the larger ‘consciousness’ you are part of

by Hanna Kroeger

The Cookie Thief

A woman was waiting at an airport one night
With several long hours before her flight
She hunted for a book in the airport shop
Bought a bag of cookies and found a place to drop
She was engrossed in her book but happened to see
That the man beside her as bold as could be
Grabbed a cookie or two from the bag between
Which she tried to ignore to avoid a scene
She munched cookies and watched the clock
As this gutsy cookie thief diminished her stock
She was getting more irritated as the minutes ticked by
Thinking “If I wasn’t so nice I’d blacken his eye”
With each cookie she took he took one too
And when only one was left she wondered what he’d do
With a smile on his face and a nervous laugh
He took the last cookie and broke it in half
He offered her half as he ate the other
She snatched it from him and thought “Oh brother
This guy has some nerve and he’s also rude
Why he didn’t even show any gratitude”
She had never known when she had been so galled
And sighed with relief when her flight was called
She gathered her belongings and headed for the gate
Refusing to look back at the thieving ingrate
She boarded the plane and sank in her seat
Then sought her book which was almost complete
As she reached in her baggage she gasped with surprise
There was her bag of cookies in front of her eyes
“If mine are here” she moaned with despair
“Then the others were his and he tried to share”
“Too late to apologize she realized with grief”
That she was the rude one, the ingrate, the thief.

by Valerie Cox

Do You Know God?

“Do you know God? Do you know there is a power greater than ourselves which manifests itself within us as well as everywhere else in the universe? This I call God. Do you know what it is to know God, to have God’s constant guidance, a constant awareness of God’s presence? To know God is to reflect love toward all people and all creations.To know God is to feel peace within—a calmness, a serenity, a unshakeableness which enables you to face any situation. To know God is to be so filled with joy that it bubbles over and goes forth to bless the world.”

From “Peace Pilgrim: Her Life and Work In Her Own Words” page 87