Joni Mitchell Live -1970 -Song: California

This is a lovely piece, her voice hauntingly pure, accompanying herself on a dulcimer. Boy!

I met a redneck on a grecian isle

Who did the goat dance very well

He gave me back my smile

But he kept my camera to sell

Oh the rogue, the red red rogue

He cooked good omelettes and stews

And I might have stayed on with him there

But my heart cried out for you, California

Oh California Im coming home

Oh make me feel good rock n roll band

I’m your biggest fan

California, Im coming home

About Lloyd Kahn

Lloyd Kahn started building his own home in the early '60s and went on to publish books showing homeowners how they could build their own homes with their own hands. He got his start in publishing by working as the shelter editor of the Whole Earth Catalog with Stewart Brand in the late '60s. He has since authored six highly-graphic books on homemade building, all of which are interrelated. The books, "The Shelter Library Of Building Books," include Shelter, Shelter II (1978), Home Work (2004), Builders of the Pacific Coast (2008), Tiny Homes (2012), and Tiny Homes on the Move (2014). Lloyd operates from Northern California studio built of recycled lumber, set in the midst of a vegetable garden, and hooked into the world via five Mac computers. You can check out videos (one with over 450,000 views) on Lloyd by doing a search on YouTube:

3 Responses to Joni Mitchell Live -1970 -Song: California

  1. Lloyd Kahn!!! Man….I love this song so much, too. Back in the days of vinyl I would have said that I wore out a copy of "Blue"….can I say the same thing now in the era of the CD? I love your blog…always love to see what you are getting into next. And…the thing she's playing is a dulcimer…although "zither" or even that "thingamajig" probably works for descriptive purposes…that magic Joni music machine. Thanks for the good work!

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