It fell from midnight skies
It drummed on the galvanized
In the washroom, women tracked the rain
Up to the make-up mirror
Liquid soap and grass
And jungle gardenia crash
On pine-sol and beer ...
It’s stifling in here ...
I’ve got to get some air ...
I’m going outside to get some air

Back in my hometown
They would have cleared the floor
Just to watch the rain come down!
They’re such sky oriented people--
Geared to changing weather ...
I’m floating off in time
I’m floating off
I’m floating off in time

When I was three feet tall
And wide eyed open to it all
With their tasseled teams they came
To mcgee’s general store
All in their beaded leathers
I would tie on colored feathers
And I’d beat the drum like war ...
I would beat the drum like war
I’d beat the drum
I’d beat the drum like war

But when the church got through
They traded their beads for bottles
Smashed--on railway avenue
And they cut off their braids
And lost some link with nature
I’m floating into dreams
I’m floating off
I’m floating into my dreams

I dream paprika plains
Vast and bleak and God forsaken
Paprika plains
And a turquoise river snaking

(where crows gaze--vigilant on wires
Where cattle graze the grasses
Far from the digits of business hours
The moon clock wanes and waxes--
But here all time is stripped away
Nowhere on these plains
Is a sprout or an egg in evidence
To measure loss or gain ...
Only a little indian band
Come down from some windy mesa
No women to make them food and child
No expressions on their faces
I’m low in a helicopter
And the wind from whirling blades
Flaps their woven blankets
And flags their raven braids
How came they to this emptiness?
How came they to this dream?
How came I to this view
From a flying machine
Of earth and air and water
And a band of indian men
Without herds or flocks or crops
Or families or fires to tend?
Like a phoenix up from ashes now
A blanket figure springs
With a fist raised up to turquoise skies
Like liberty
And at the point of vanishing
Where the sky and the earth meet
A bomb blooms
Deadly mushroom
Like a phoenix up from ashes
Up from violent mysteries
And growing ’till the giant blast
Is to it like a golfer’s tee
There comes a child’s beach ball
And memory takes me back
To the beach to toss it up
To the garage to get it patched
A pink and yellow beach ball
Turning the blues and greens of earth
From space probe photographs
I float out of the hovercraft
Naked as infancy
And weightless
And drifting
Like a filing to a magnet
Like the long descent of rain
I am drawn
I fall against the ball
And lose paprika plains
I suckle at my mother’s breast
I embrace my mother earth
I remember perforated blinds
Over the crib of my birth
And just as eve succumbed
To reckless curiosity
I take my sharpest fingernail
And slash the globe to see
Below me--
Vast paprika plains
And the snake the river traces
And a little band of indian men
With no expressions on their faces.)

The rain retreats
Like troops to fall on other fields and streets
Meanwhile they’re sweet talking and name calling
And brawling on the fringes of the floor
I spot you through the smoke
With your eyes on fire
From j&b and coke
As I’m coming through the door
I’m coming back
I’m coming back for more!
The band plugs in again
You see that mirrored ball begin to sputter lights
And spin
Dizzy on the dancers
Geared to changing rhythms
No matter what you do
I’m floating back
I’m floating back to you!

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Paprika Plains
músicas de Joni Mitchell

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Todas as músicas de Joni Mitchell
(Born To) Take the Highway (Live)
(You're So Square) Baby, I Don't Care
A Case Of You
A Chair In The Sky
A Strange Boy
All I Want
Amelia (Live Version)
Answer Me. My Love
At Last
Bad Dreams
Ballerina Valerie (Live)
Be Cool
Big Yellow Taxi
Black Crow
Black Crow (Live Version)
Blonde In The Bleachers
Blue Boy
Blue Motel Room
Both Sides Now
Both Sides Now (Live)
Brandy Eyes (Live)
Cactus Tree (Live)
Car On A Hill
Chelsea Morning
Cherokee Louise
Chinese Cafe (Unchained Melody)
Circle Game
Cold Blue Steel And Sweet Fire
Cold Blue Steel And Sweet Fire (Live LP Version)
Come In From The Cold
Comes Love
Court And Spark
Dog Eat Dog
Don Juan's Reckless Daughter
Don's Solo (Live Version)
Don't Go To Strangers
Don't Interrupt The Sorrow
Don't Worry 'Bout Me
Down To You
Dreamland (Live Version)
Eastern Rain (Live)
Edith And The Kingpin
Edith And The Kingpin (Live Version)
Face Lift
For Free
For The Roses
Free Man In Paris
Free Man In Paris (Live Version)
Furry Sings The Blues
Furry Sings The Blues (Live Version)
Go Tell The Drummer Man (Live)
God Must Be a Boogie Man
God Must Be a Boogie Man (Live Version)
Good Friends
Goodbye Pork Pie Hat
Goodbye Pork Pie Hat (Live Version)
Harlem In Havana
Harry's House-Centerpiece
Hejira (Live Version)
Help Me
How Do You Stop
I Don't Know Where I Stand
I Don't Know Where I Stand (Live)
I Had a King
I Think I Understand
I Wish I Were In Love Again
If I Had a Heart
Impossible Dreamer
In France They Kiss On Main Street
In France They Kiss On Main Street (Live Version)
Introduction (Live Version)
Judgement Of The Moon And Stars
Judgement Of The Moon And Stars (Ludwig's Tune)
Just Like This Train
Ladies Of The Canyon
Ladies' Man
Last Chance Lost
Lead Balloon
Lesson In Survival
Let The Wind Carry Me
Little Green
Little Green (Live)
London Bridge (Live)
Love Or Money
Love Puts On a New Face
Lucky Girl
Man To Man
Marcie (Live)
Michael From Mountains
Michael From The Mountains (Live)
Moon At The Window
Morning Morgantown
Morning Morgantown (Live)
Mr. Blue (Live)
My Best To You
My Old Man
Nathan La Franeer
Night In The City
Night in the City (Live)
Night Of The Iguana
Night Ride Home
No Apologies
Not To Blame
Nothing Can Be Done
Off Night Backstreet
One Week Last Summer
Otis And Marlena
Overture-Cotton Avenue
Paprika Plains
Passion Play (When All The Slaves Are Free)
Pat's Solo (Live Version)
People's Parties
People's Parties (Live Version)
Rainy Night House
Raised On Robbery
Ray's Dad's Cadillac
Real Good For Free
Refuge Of The Roads
Roses Blue
See You Sometime
Sex Kills
Shades Of Scarlett Conquering
Shadows And Light
Shadows And Light (Live Version)
Shiny Toys
Sisotowbell Lane
Slouching Towards Bethlehem
Smokin' (Empty, Try Another)
Solid Love
Sometimes I'm Happy
Song For Sharon
Song To a Seagull
Song To a Seagull (Live)
Songs To Aging Children Come
Stay In Touch
Stormy Weather
Strong And Wrong
Sunny Sunday
Sweet Bird
Sweet Sucka Dance
Talk To Me
Taming The Tiger
Tax Free
That Song About The Midway
The Arrangement
The Boho Dance
The Circle Game
The Circle Game (Live)
The Crazy Cries Of Love
The Dawntreader
The Dry Cleaner From Des Moines
The Dry Cleaner From Des Moines (Live Version)
The Fiddle And the Drum
The Gallery
The Hissing Of Summer Lawns
The Jungle Line
The Last Time I Saw Richard
The Magdalene Laundries
The Only Joy In Town
The Pirate Of Penance
The Priest
The Same Situation
The Silky Veils Of Ardor
The Sire of Sorrow
The Tenth World
The Three Great Stimulants
The Windfall (Everything For Nothing)
The Wolf That Lives In Lindsey
This Flight Tonight
This Place
Tiger Bones
Tin Angel
Trouble Child
Turbulent Indigo
Two Grey Rooms
Underneath The Streetlight
Urge For Going
Urge For Going (Live)
Why Do Fools Fall In Love (Live Version)
Wild Things Run Fast
Winter Lady (Live)
Woman Of Heart And Mind
Woman Of Heart And Mind (Live Version)
You Dream Flat Tires
You Turn Me On I'm a Radio
You Turn Me On I'm a Radio (Live Version)
You're My Thrill
You've Changed
Yvette In English