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"I looked down and there was a parking lot as far as the eye could see, and it broke my heart... this blight on paradise"
Big Yellow Taxi
  • Year Inducted: 2007
  • Written In: 1975
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Big Yellow Taxi is Joni Mitchell’s most recognized song despite having only reached number 24 on the Billboard charts upon its release in 1975 from her album Ladies of the Canyon.

Admired for Mitchell’s unique melody and soothing vocal work, the song currently ranks as number nine on CBC Radio’s Top 50: The Canadian Version. Big Yellow Taxi was written in 1973 after Mitchell was in Hawaii peering out of her hotel window hoping to glimpse the breathtaking scenery, only to see an enormous parking lot. The song is about taking nature for granted.

Although the parking lot in Hawaii was the point of inspiration for the song, it was written for people everywhere surrounded by natural beauty and not aware what a gift it is.

Big Yellow Taxi was written as a nursery rhyme, like “London Bridges Falling Down” and “Ring Around the Rosy”. This seemingly naive lyric was about great atrocity and Joni hoped that children would sing it in order to wake up adults. This was her greatest hope for this song.

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Big Yellow Taxi (Joni Mitchell) - Audience sing-along at the 2007 CSHF Induction Ceremony
"Big Yellow Taxi" was written and composed by Joni Mitchell. Joni Mitchell and "Big Yellow Taxi" were inducted into the Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame (CSHF) in 2007. Host Andrew Craig led the audience in singing "Big Yellow Taxi" at the 2007 CSHF Induction Ceremony.
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