"Big Yellow Taxi" is a song written and originally performed by Joni Mitchell.
Mitchell got the idea for the song during a visit to Hawaii. She looked out of her hotel window at the spectacular Pacific mountain scenery, and then down to a parking lot.
Joni said this about writing the song to journalist Alan McDougall in the early 1970s:
I wrote 'Big Yellow Taxi' on my first trip to Hawaii. I took a taxi to the hotel and when I…
They paved paradise
And put up a parking lot
With a pink hotel, a boutique
And a swinging hot spot