A Case of You

by Joni Mitchell

Duration:
4:23
Released:
Jun 22, 1971
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Lyrics for A Case of You by Joni Mitchell:

Verse 1
Just before our love got lost you said
"I am as constant as a 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 TV screen light
I drew a map of Canada
Oh, Canada
With your face sketched on it twice

Chorus
Oh, you are in my blood like holy wine
You taste so bitter and so sweet
Oh, I could drink a case of you, darling
And I would still be on my feet
Oh, I would still be on my feet

Verse 2
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, you said
"Love is touching souls"
Surely you touched mine
'Cause part of you pours out of me
In these lines from time to time

Chorus
Oh, you are in my blood like holy wine
You taste so bitter and so sweet
Oh, I could drink a case of you, darling
Still I'd be on my feet
I would still be on my feet

Verse 3
I met a woman
She had a mouth like yours
She knew your life
She knew your devils and your deeds
And she said
"Go to him, stay with him if you can
But be prepared to bleed"

Chorus
Oh, but you are in my blood, you are my holy wine
You're so bitter, bitter and so sweet
Oh, I could drink a case of you, darling
Still I'd be on my feet
I would still be on my feet

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Song Facts

Mitchell’s poetic ode to an inescapable love, one she knows could be wrong for her, but is now in her soul, has become one of her most enduring classics. It has never gone out of style in pop culture, having appeared in films like Practical Magic and been recorded by Prince, Tori Amos, k.d. lang, Diana Krall and more. in the 1971 review of Mitchell’s Blue, where the song first appeared, Rolling Stone wrote, “She has given us some of the most beautiful moments in recent popular music.”

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