Carey (3:02)

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Inspired by Joni Mitchell’s time with a cave-dwelling hippie community in the village of Matala, on the Greek island of Crete. According to the Carey Songfacts, Carey was an “unforgettable character” whom Joni met in Matala. He had flaming red hair and often wore a turban.

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The wind is in from Africa, last night I couldn't sleep
Oh you know it sure is hard to leave here Carey, but it's really not my home
My fingernails are filthy, I've got beach tar on my feet
And I miss my clean white linen and my fancy French cologne

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  • bcap11

    whoa

    21 Aug 3:02am Reply
  • ElRet

    Wow.

    18 Aug 4:19pm Reply
  • Irlandese64

    you're a mean ol' daddy but i like youuuuuu

    19 Jul 1:10am Reply
  • technozenexp

    living in a cave on a greek island

    16 Jul 10:29pm Reply
  • Namey

    "Carey get out your cane/and I'll put on some silver" ..lewd & lovely : )

    15 Jan 6:16am Reply
  • strutterf

    so sweet

    21 Oct 2013 Reply
  • DrMichaelGalvin

    Well, she wasn't 16. She was born in 1943 and this album was released in 1971. Considering the time spent writing and recording this album she would have to have been 27 or 28 years old. Regardless, it is one of her best if not the best.

    17 Sep 2013 Reply
  • therhapsody

    I LOVE THIS [2]

    30 May 2013 Reply
  • diamond-highway

    she wrote this album when she was like 16, christ intimidating or what!

    3 Feb 2013 Reply
  • yogijohn888

    Let's have a round for these freaks and these soldiers A round for these friends of mine Let's have another round for the bright red devil Who keeps me in this tourist town. This lyric killed us when it came out. Spoke to our collective hippie hearts in our home town, near the Marine Base and beach town where we grew up.

    2 Feb 2013 Reply
  • JuniorMcCartney

    The wind is in from Africa.

    29 Jan 2013 Reply
  • semionato

    glorious, glorious, GLORIOUS.

    16 Dec 2012 Reply
  • Bullinamingvase

    Old times good times! Love and peace Joni :)

    10 Nov 2012 Reply
  • ThirstLight

    WONDERFUL<3

    9 Nov 2012 Reply
  • paradrome

    The Mermaid Cafe! <333^

    22 Aug 2012 Reply
  • paradrome

    Memories of Virginia Street...<333333

    9 Aug 2012 Reply
  • APRILELIZ

    love always.

    27 Jul 2012 Reply
  • Gerrykandler

    Now I am back in the 1970's! Where did those forty years go to? Ah the power of excellent music.

    25 Jul 2012 Reply
  • jokerlass

    i want a round for these friends of mine

    27 Jun 2012 Reply
  • daile

    carey is my husband's name, so naturally i'm a big, big fan of this track :)

    5 Jun 2012 Reply
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