Tear Jerker: Joni Mitchell

This Canadian singer/songwriter has a few very emotional songs.

  • "The Magdalene Laundries" is based on the real-life indignities suffered by inmates of the Magdalene Asylums in Ireland.
  • "Big Yellow Taxi" (also covered by Counting Crows and Amy Grant).
  • "Both Sides Now" is another one.
    I've looked at love from both sides now
    From give and take, and still somehow
    It's love's illusions that I recall.
    I really don't know love at all.
    • It's even more hard-hitting when you contrast the more poppy, folky version from the 1970s to the noughties version made famous in Love Actually. The aching and more sensual maturity in Mitchell's vocals, coupled with the superb orchestral arrangement, adds a poignancy to the latter that wasn't present in the former. The original is wistful; the more modern version is heartbreaking.
  • "Little Green" (from Blue) is about the child Joni had and gave up for adoption. They were reunited later on, but something about Joni's voice and the fact that she obviously thought she'd never see the child again is just heart-wrenching.
    • And "River", holy crap. Strangely enough, a lot of artists cover it on Christmas albums.
  • Also: "The Circle Game", "Down To You", "The Last Time I Saw Richard", and "The Silky Veils of Ardour".
    • "The Circle Game" somewhat really hits it when she gets to the lines.
      So the years spin by and now the boy is twenty
      Though his dreams have lost some grandeur coming true
    • Which practically narrates that reality ensued and whatever childish wishes he had were simply abandoned and forgotten as he grew older. Only to be saved by the hope spot that 'there'll be new dreams, maybe better dreams and plenty'.
  • "Rape as Drama" "Cherokee Louise".