Mitchell, Joni - Face Lift Lyrics




I went so numb on Christmas day
I couldn't feel my hands or feet
I shouldn't have come
She made me pay
For gleaming with Donald down her street
She put blame on him
And shame on me
She made it all seem so tawdry and cheap
"Oh, let's be nice, Mama, open up your gifts
You know, happiness is the best facelift"

I mean, after all, she introduced us
Oh, but she regrets that now
Shacked up downtown
Making love without a license
Same old sacred cow
She said, "Did you come home to disgrace us?"
I said, "Why is this joy not allowed?
For God's sake, I'm middle-aged, Mama
And time moves swift
And you know happiness is the best facelift"

Oh, love takes so much courage
Love takes so much shit
He said "You've seen too many movies, Joni"
She said "Snap out of it!"
Oh, the cold winds blew at our room with a view
All helpful and hopeful and candlelit
We kissed the angels and the moon eclipsed
You know, Happiness is the best facelift

We pushed the bed up to the window
To see the Christmas lights
On the east bank across the steaming river
Between the bridges lit up Paris-like
This river has run through both our lives
Between these banks of our continuing delights
Bless us, don't let us lose the drift
You know, Happiness is the best facelift.





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  1. Meg Mc

    I went so numb on Christmas day
    I couldn't feel my hands or feet
    I shouldn't have come
    She made me pay
    For gleaming with Donald down her street
    She put blame on him
    And shame on me
    She made it all seem so tawdry and cheap
    "Oh, let's be nice, Mama, open up your gifts
    You know, happiness is the best face lift"
    I mean, after all, she introduced us
    Oh, but she regrets that now
    Shacked up downtown 
    Making love without a license
    Same old sacred cow
    She said, "Did you come home to disgrace us?"
    I said, "Why is this joy not allowed?
    For God's sake, I'm middle-aged, Mama
    And time moves swift 
    And you know happiness is the best face lift"
    Oh, love takes so much courage
    Love takes so much shit
    He said "You've seen too many movies, Joni"
    She said "Snap out of it!"
    Oh, the cold winds blew at our room with a view
    All helpful and hopeful and candlelit
    We kissed the angels and the moon eclipsed
    You know, Happiness is the best face lift
    We pushed the bed up to the window 
    To see the Christmas lights
    On the east bank across the steaming river
    Between the bridges lit up Paris-like
    This river has run through both our lives
    Between these banks of our continuing delights
    Bless us, don't let us lose the drift
    You know, Happiness is the best face lift.
    Songwriter: Joni Mitchell

  2. dean b

    It's true though. Miserable people just look older.

  3. the shining one

    awesome. taming the tiger and tom petty's echo were the last 2 albums i ever bought.

  4. Peter O'Donnell

    Joni was a lot stronger in the 90s than in the 80s. It was a better time for her type of talent. Although I like "Night Ride Home" and "Turbulent Indigo," "Taming the Tiger" is by far my favorite. It has a connected sound throughout and the lyrics are particularly poetic and poignant. A beautiful album.

  5. POMMELHORSE POMMELHORSE

    bless us. don't let us loose the drift.

  6. Eric Winston

    I LOVE THIS SONG!

  7. bgfd1

    Just sublime. The emotion, expression, and story telling of it. I can't help comparing her to Shakespeare. Very special talent.

  8. Christian H. R.

    beautifully put!

  9. Skeeter NYC

    One of Joni's finest moments from her musical work in the '90s.