Big Yellow Taxi

Lyrics: Joni Mitchell
Music: Joni Mitchell

Covered by the New Riders of the Purple Sage in the 1970s.

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
Tat you don't know what you've got till it's gone
They paved paradise and put up a parking lot

They took all the trees and put them in a tree museum
And they charged the people a dollar and a half just to see them
Don't it always seem to go
That you don't know what you've got till it's gone
They paved paradise and put up a parking lot

Hey farmer farmer put away the D.D.T. now
Give me spots on my apples but leave me the birds and the bees
Please
Don't it always seem to go
That you don't know what you've got till it's gone
They paved paradise and put up a parking lot

Late last night I heard my screen door slam
And a big yellow taxi took away my girl Sam (note 1)
Don't it always seem to go
That you don't know what you've got till it's gone
They paved paradise and put up a parking lot
Notes
(1) Joni Mitchell's original is "... my old man"