The Drinking Song

Joni Mitchell

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Intro and Chorus:
And the band played on

As the helicopters whirred

 Drunk on the lawn in a nuclear dawn

My senses finally blurred

 He was a rock, to the end a solid reminder

Couldn't deny a friend

 We lived in the noise and the sweet amber posion

 Peekin' up the skirt of the end

 And we'd drink, two gnarly dudes and some records

Much like plates of black food

 We filled up our faces, saw some far places

 Stood on the roof in the nude  


Between poles, he said "we're like cows in the grass"
Brushing off flies
Chaise lounging around standing up, falling down
'Till we no longer opened our eyes
And we'd drink, ever notice how drinking's like war
Cup 'o' troops o'er the gums
To the end of our health a campaign 'gaisnt myself
Armed with bourons and scotches and rums


Think of bombs, we're poised on the edge of disaster
Whether it's right or it's wrong
We opened the window, played some Nintendo
Sang a few bars of some pretty old song:

        Irene goodnight, Irene goodnight

        Goodnight Irene goodnight Irene

        I'll see you in my dreams    

Oh to dream, those impotent bones of extinction
Flying graceful and free
None but the best cause the man cannot rest
'Till he's finally beaten his me


'Till the end, he passed out on the sun deck that morning
Quietly saying goodbye
But I was so hammered I sputtered and stammered
Told him he couldn't just die
He was a rock, went straight for his own armageddon
Face froze in a grin
Ambulance flyin' in I never drank again
Can't really call that a loss or a win


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