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"All I Want" by Joni Mitchell from her timeless album 'Blue.'

I knew all the words to this song before I knew what half of them were, and I sang it in for decades from childhood before I stopped to think about the brilliance of Joni's lyrics. Some songs are church. This one's in my blood like holy wine.

Lucky for me this song is also in guitarist Scott Barkan's blood -- he has also known and loved it for much of his life.

So this interpretation is a reserved, reverent approach by two musicians who adore this record. We sort of fall into a state of wakeful hypnosis while performing Joni Mitchell songs.

lyrics

I am on a lonely road and I am traveling
Looking for something, what can it be
Oh I hate you some, I hate you some, I love you some
Oh I love you when I forget about me

I want to be strong, I want to laugh along
I want to belong to the living
Alive, alive, I want to get up and jive
I want to wreck my stockings in some jukebox dive
Do you want to dance with me baby?
Do you want to take a chance
On maybe finding some sweet romance with me baby?
Well, come on

All I really really want our love to do
Is to bring out the best in me and in you too
All I really really want our love to do
Is to bring out the best in me and in you
I want to talk to you, I want to shampoo you
I want to renew you again and again
Applause, applause - Life is our cause
When I think of your kisses my mind see-saws
Do you see how you hurt me baby?
So I hurt you too
Then we both get so blue

I am on a lonely road and I am traveling
Looking for the key to set me free
Oh the jealousy, the greed is the unraveling
It's the unraveling
And it undoes all the joy that could be
I want to have fun, I want to shine like the sun
I want to be the one that you want to see
I want to knit you a sweater
Want to write you a love letter
I want to make you feel better
I want to make you feel free

credits

from Marian Call Sings the Classics, vol. II, released August 12, 2015
"All I Want" written by Joni Mitchell, from 'Blue' by Reprise Records
Published by Sony/ATV Tunes LLC OBO Joni Mitchell Publishing Corp.

Guitar by Scott Barkan

Recorded and mixed by Marian Call in Austin, TX

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Marian Call Alaska

Marian Call loves making music for you. She sounds a little like Joni Mitchell meets They Might Be Giants & Regina Spektor for bourbon & laughs. She hails from Alaska but can often be found touring North America and Europe, and she lives on Twitter. Her songs are quirky, geeky, eclectic acoustic confections that taste like vanilla-cinnamon-chipotle something. ... more

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