The Hissing of Summer Lawns Playlist

Photograph by Bill Owens
"I bought the lawn in six-foot rolls. It's easy to handle.
I prepared the ground and my wife and son helped roll out the grass.
In one day you have a front yard."






The Hissing of Summer Lawns by Joni Mitchell

He bought her a diamond for her throat
He put her in a ranch house on a hill
She could see the valley barbecues
From her window sill
See the blue pools in the squinting sun
Hear the hissing of summer lawns

He put up a barbed wire fence
To keep out the unknown
And on every metal thorn
Just a little blood of his own
She patrols that fence of his
To a latin drum
And the hissing of summer lawns
Darkness
Wonder makes it easy
Darkness
With a joyful mask
Darkness
Tube's gone, darkness, darkness, darkness
No color no contrast

A diamond dog
Carrying a cup and a cane
Looking through a double glass
Looking at too much pride and too much shame
There's a black fly buzzing
There's a heat wave burning in her master's voice
Hissing summer lawns

He gave her his darkness to regret
And good reason to quit him
He gave her a roomful of Chippendale
That nobody sits in
Still she stays with a love of some kind
It's the lady's choice
The hissing of summer lawns

7 comments:

Francoise said...

I adore you!! mawahhh!

M. Lefebvre said...

Enjoyed the playlist (it was the accompaniment to this morning's drawing) and also appreciate your postings.
Have a great summer!

Stephen Orr said...

Many thanks M. Lefebvre!

GR said...

There's a black fly buzzing, there's a heat wave burning in her master's voice....
But I really like In France They Kiss on Main Street (Amour, mama, not cheap display).

David said...

Only one of the greatest albums EVER!! xxx

David said...

Only one of the greatest albums EVER!! xxx

Paulette said...

Wonderful playlist again, thank you.