Mitchell, Joni - The Tea Leaf Prophecy (Lay Down Your Arms) Lyrics




Study war no more
Lay down your arms
Study war no more
Lay 'em down lay 'em down now
Study war no more
Lay down your arms
Study war no more

Newsreels rattle the Nazi dread
The able-bodied have shipped away
Molly McGee gets her tea-leaves read
You'll be married in a month they say
"These leaves are crazy!
Look at this town there's no men left!
Just frail old boys and babies
Talking to teacher in the treble clef"

She plants her garden in the spring
She does the winter shovelling
Tokyo Rose on the radio
She says she's leavin' but she don't go

Out of the blue just passin' thru
A young flight sergeant
On two weeks leave
Says "Molly McGee no one else will do!"
And seals the tea-leaf prophecy
Oh these nights are strong and soft
Private passions and secret storms
Nothin' about him ticks her off
And he looks so cute in his uniform

She plants her garden in the spring
He does the winter shovelling
But summer's just a sneeze
In a long long bad winter cold
She says "I'm leavin' here" but she don't go

"Sleep little darlin'!
This is your happy home
Hiroshima cannot be pardoned!
Don't have kids when you get grown
Because this world is shattered
The wise are mourning
The fools are joking
Oh what does it matter?
The wash needs ironing
And the fire needs stoking"

She plants her garden in the spring
He does the winter shovelling
The three of 'em laughing 'round the radio
She says "I'm leavin' here" but she don't go

She plants her garden in the spring
They do the winter shovelling
They sit up late and watch the
Johnny Carson show
She says "I'm leavin' here but she don't go".





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Mitchell, Joni The Tea Leaf Prophecy (Lay Down Your Arms) Comments
  1. AHC63

    ...says Molly McGee and no-one else will do...and seals the tea leaf prophecy.

  2. Nick Tate

    This is from one of my fav albums by JM. This one, Night Ride Home and Turbulent Indigo, it was a real creative peak. What the hell is this song about, though? Can anyone enlighten me?

    sandra preziosi

    the biography i'm reading now "portrait of joni mitchell" says it is about her parents. her mother is molly mcgee (myrtl mckee)

  3. neng walter

    This whole album might be my favorite ever

  4. zavinullava

    Wendy and Lisa are in this?

  5. Meg Mc

    Study war no more
    Lay down your arms
    Study war no more
    Lay 'em down, lay 'em down now
    Study war no more
    Lay down your arms
    Study war no more
    Newsreels rattle the Nazi dread,
    The able-bodied have shipped away,
    Molly McGee gets her tea-leaves read,
    You'll be married in a month they say
    "These leaves are crazy!
    Look at this town, there's no men left!
    Just frail old boys and babies
    Talking to teacher in the treble clef."
    She plants her garden in the spring
    She does the winter shovelling
    Tokyo Rose on the radio
    She says she's leavin' but she don't go
    Out of the blue, just passin' through
    A young flight sergeant
    On two weeks leave,
    Says "Molly McGee, no one else will do!"
    And seals the tea-leaf prophecy.
    Oh these nights are strong and soft,
    Private passions and secret storms
    Nothin' about him ticks her off
    And he looks so cute in his uniform
    She plants her garden in the spring
    He does the winter shovelling
    But summer's just a sneeze
    In a long-long-bad-winter cold
    She says, "I'm leavin' here" but she don't go
    "Sleep little darlin'!
    This is your happy home
    Hiroshima cannot be pardoned!
    Don't have kids when you get grown.
    Because, this world is shattered
    The wise are mourning,
    The fools are joking
    Oh, what does it matter?
    The wash needs ironing
    And the fire needs stoking."
    She plants her garden in the spring
    He does the winter shoveling
    The three of 'em laughing 'round the radio
    She says "I'm leavin' here" but she don't go
    She plants her garden in the spring
    They do the winter shoveling
    They sit up late and watch the
    Johnny Carson show
    She says "I'm leavin' here but she don't go

    Songwriters: Joni Mitchell / Larry Klein
    The Tea Leaf Prophecy (Lay Down Your Arms) lyrics © BMG Rights Management US, LLC, Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC

  6. Max Floyd

    I Love this Version.... makes me feel so good....

  7. Quiet Mind

    Skip this and listen to the version with Herbie Hancock

    Xrysavgi Papatheodorou

    The one you mention - features excellent musicians but the feeeling is not the same -

    death2pc

    Forget that, Hancock is pathetic.

  8. death2pc

    Gigantic

  9. Peter Card

    Much prefer the version she does with Herbie Hancock

  10. Julia White

    Thank you so much for uploading this song. I absolutely love it :-D