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    Question Song-For-Sharon, Please help english teachers.

    I thought it would be interesting to ask for some help in figuring out the main theme of this song from some people who are more educated in life then myself. For years I have wondered what the meaning of this song is? Dose anyone know?

    You can hear the song here, but can't download it. Note: it my take about 10 seconds to play.
    Song For Sharon Lyrics
    Artist: Joni Mitchell (Buy Joni Mitchell CDs)
    Album: Hejira

    I went to Staten Island.
    To buy myself a mandolin
    And I saw the long white dress of love
    On a storefront mannequin
    Big boat chuggin' back with a belly full of cars...
    All for something lacy
    Some girl's going to see that dress
    And crave that day like crazy

    Little Indian kids on a bridge up in Canada
    They can balance and they can climb
    Like their fathers before them
    They'll walk the girders of the Manhattan skyline
    Shine your light on me Miss Liberty
    Because as soon as this ferry boat docks
    I'm headed to the church
    To play Bingo
    Fleece me with the gamblers' flocks

    I can keep my cool at poker
    But I'm a fool when love's at stake
    Because I can't conceal emotion
    What I'm feeling's always written on my face
    There's a gypsy down on Bleecker Street
    I went in to see her as a kind of joke
    And she lit a candle for my love luck
    And eighteen bucks went up in smoke

    Sharon, I left my man
    At a North Dakota junction
    And I came out to the "Big Apple" here
    To face the dream's malfunction
    Love's a repetitious danger
    You'd think I'd be accustomed to
    Well, I do accept the changes
    At least better than I used to do

    A woman I knew just drowned herself
    The well was deep and muddy
    She was just shaking off futility
    Or punishing somebody
    My friends were calling up all day yesterday
    All emotions and abstractions
    It seems we all live so close to that line
    And so far from satisfaction

    Dora says, "Have children!"
    Mama and Betsy say-"Find yourself a charity."
    Help the needy and the crippled or put some time into Ecology."
    Well, there's a wide wide world of noble causes
    And lovely landscapes to discover
    But all I really want right now
    Is...find another lover

    When we were kids in Maidstone, Sharon
    I went to every wedding in that little town
    To see the tears and the kisses
    And the pretty lady in the white lace wedding gown
    And walking home on the railroad tracks
    Or swinging on the playground swing
    Love stimulated my illusions
    More than anything

    And when I went skating after Golden Reggie
    You know it was white lace I was chasing
    Chasing dreams
    Mama's nylons underneath my cowgirl jeans
    He showed me first you get the kisses
    And then you get the tears
    But the ceremony of the bells and lace
    Still veils this reckless fool here

    Now there are 29 skaters on Wolmann rink
    Circling in singles and in pairs
    In this vigorous anonymity
    A blank face at the window stares and stares and stares and stares
    And the power of reason
    And the flowers of deep feeling
    Seem to serve me
    Only to deceive me

    Sharon you've got a husband
    And a family and a farm
    I've got the apple of temptation
    And a diamond snake around my arm
    But you still have your music
    And I've still got my eyes on the land and the sky
    You sing for your friends and your family
    I'll walk green pastures by and by
    Last edited by Starstreams; 10-Apr-2007 at 04:16.

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    Re: Song-For-Sharon, Please help english teachers.

    Beautiful song, isn't it? Here are my thoughts.

    Two women, old friends that at one time were very close friends, are compared and contrasted. One lives on a farm, she's married and has a family. That's Sharon. The other lives in the city, she doesn't have a family, not even a significant other to share her life. She is described as still chasing that dream but in a world that doesn't interest her. She sees living happily ever after as unattainable. Nevertheless, she continues to search for it.

    All the best.

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    Thumbs up Re: Song-For-Sharon, Please help english teachers.

    Hi Casiopea,
    I think I figured it out last night after reading it to my mom. What you said seems correct.

    Here is what I think, Joni Mitchell is telling her friend Sharon, “Hay be happy with what you have”. She says, "you sing for your friends and your family/I'll walk green pastures by and by”.
    I think Joni seems to have really been hurt bad and it’s not that the world doesn’t interest her, she wants to find a lover. By the way, thanks. Yes it is a brilliant song, I agree!

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