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 My fingernails are filthy, I've got beach tar on my feet And I miss my clean white linen and my fancy French cologne
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.
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.