Mitchell, Joni - Carey Lyrics




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 got beach tar on my feet
And I miss my clean white linen and my fancy French cologne

Oh Carey get out your cane
And I'll put on some silver
Oh you're a mean old Daddy, but I like you fine

Come on down to the Mermaid Cafe and I will buy you a bottle of wine
And we'll laugh and toast to nothing and smash our empty glasses down
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

Come on, Carey, get out your cane
I'll put on some silver
Oh you're a mean old Daddy, but I like you

Maybe I'll go to Amsterdam
Or maybe I'll go to Rome
And rent me a grand piano and put some flowers 'round my room
But let's not talk about fare-thee-wells now
The night is a starry dome.
And they're playin' that scratchy rock and roll
Beneath the Matalla Moon

Come on, Carey, get out your cane
And I'll put on some silver
You're a mean old Daddy, but I like you

The wind is in from Africa
Last night I couldn't sleep
Oh, you know it sure is hard to leave here
But, it's really not my home
Maybe it's been too long a time
Since I was scramblin' down in the street
Now they got me used to that clean white linen
And that fancy French cologne

Oh Carey, get out your cane
I'll put on my finest silver
We'll go to the Mermaid Cafe
Have fun tonight
I said, Oh, you're a mean old Daddy, but you're out of sight





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  1. pete robbo

    Oh for fucks sake.

    Joni and Leonard Cohen are just the best.

    No one comes close.

  2. Carey Hinrichs

    This is where my mom got the spelling for my name. It always makes me smile to hear this song.

  3. James Taylor

    People are the background and the noise of you growing up , that was Joni Mitchel for me .

  4. sekizbin

    Lorde send me here

  5. dobazajr

    Cyndi Lauper has a live version of this song and she knock it out of the park.

    brian goodwin

    youve gotta be kidding

  6. Doc Ben

    An awesome and GREAT singer 🕊🌻♥️🌞♥️🌻🕊

  7. Andrew Mcguire

    Rock on carrie

  8. Cameron Johnston

    Summer of '74. This song kept me company as I hitch-hiked across Europe and wound up in the little village of Matala (Crete).

    María Belén Miguel

    It's lovely when certain songs bring back such memories. It's like being there again

  9. philip norris

    A great track, not heard often enough.

  10. Philip Salmon

    My sincere apologies of course Joni Mitchell is Canadian especially when you consider the huge number of Canadian singer songwriters who get mistaken for Americans. There is a disproportionate number of brilliant Canadian composers to the size of population. Again sorry Canada.

  11. Philip Salmon

    Truly one of Americas greatest song writers and this is one of her best

    Kleek McGeek

    *Canada's

  12. Peter Lynch

    My favourite recording of this song, is this one! Thanks for posting.

    Trevor Cormier

    Sorry to bother you, but who was this ''mean old daddy''? She seems to be in a love affair with a much older man. (just thought you might know)

    Steeny Lou

    @Trevor Cormier In case nobody has contacted you with an answer, there is a link about it in the video's description. Here: https://jonimitchell.com/library/view.cfm?id=2860

  13. merope alcyone

    <3 forever