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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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But it's really not my home

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  • You see my post on Facebook of 13 august 2015 about Joni Mitchell on Crete in the 1970s, pictured with Cary Raditz. The ‘e’ in ‘Carey’ was a mispelling of his name on her part.
  • How much more proof you need that she is the finest female songwriter? :)
  • Joni was one of the first folkies I was in to and loved. This was one of my favorite songs and I still rather like it.
  • whoa
  • Wow.
  • you're a mean ol' daddy but i like youuuuuu
  • living in a cave on a greek island
  • "Carey get out your cane/and I'll put on some silver" ..lewd & lovely : )
  • so sweet
  • 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.

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