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.
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