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A Case of You

Written by Joni Mitchell

Lyrics

just before our love got lost you said,
"I am as constant as the northern star."
and I said, "constantly in the darkness
where's that at?
if you want me I'll be in the bar."
on the back of a cartoon coaster
in the blue T.V. screen light
I drew a map of Canada
oh Canada
with your face sketched on it twice.

in my blood like holy wine
you taste so bitter and so sweet
well, I could drink a case of you, darling
and I would still be on my feet
I would still be on my feet.

oh I am a lonely painter
I live in a box of paints
I'm frightened by the devil
and I'm drawn to those ones that ain't afraid.
I remember that time you told me
"love is touching souls"
surely you touched mine
'cause part of you pours out of me
in these lines from time to time.

my blood
my holy wine
tastes so bitter and so sweet
well I could drink a case of you, darling
and I would still be on my feet
I would still be on my feet
I met a woman
she had a mouth like yours
she knew your devils and your deeds
and she said, "go to him, stay with him
but be prepared to bleed"

my blood
my holy wine
tastes so bitter and so sweet
well I could drink a case of you, darling
and I would still be on my feet
I would still be on my feet


Tori Quotes

When I think of Joni I always think of "A Case of You" wrapped up in a blanket in my room that I asked the church to paint lilac, I would play this song till the candle wouldn't drip anymore. [Cornflake Girl UK CD liner notes - 1994]

Any time I would ever slip, I would put on "Case of You," and there is not a song that could move me about the way a woman loves a man the way that song does. I wish I had written that song. I'm living that song, I should have been able to have written it. [Prodigy chat - September 1994]

I would have given my right arm to write [Joni Mitchell's] "Case of you" -- you don't get it any better. A better song hasn't been written. I don't care what female singer/songwriter you throw up in my face: None has done anything in the league of "Case of You," me included. I sing "Case of You" almost every night in concert because of that. For a woman to be able to say what that says, with that kind of addiction and yet that kind of grace, is just not done. Even Zeppelin and those guys listened to Joni. They were totally influenced by Joni. [Keyboards - November 1994]


"A Case of You"
December 1, 2011 - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania




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