Big Yellow Taxi

Song Parts


Big Yellow Taxi

They paved paradise, and put up a parking lot
With a pink hotel, a boutique, and a swinging hot spot

Don’t it always seem to go, that you don’t know what you’ve got ’til it’s gone
They paved paradise, and put up a parking lot, (oooh bop bop bop)

They took all the trees, and put ’em in a tree museum
Then they charged all the people a dollar and a half just to see ’em

Hey farmer farmer, put away your DDT
Give me spots on my apples, but leave me the birds and the bees, please

Late last night, I heard the screen door slam
And a big yellow taxi took away my old man.

Notes: written and originally performed by Joni Mitchell in 1970. Arranged for Manchester Community Choir by Liz Powers