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Joni Mitchell – Shades Of Scarlet Conquering lyrics

Out of the fire like Catholic saints
Comes Scarlett and her deep complaint
Mimicking tenderness she sees
In sentimental movies
A celluloid rider comes to town
Cinematic lovers sway
Plantations and sweeping ballroom gowns
Take her breath away

Out in the wind in crinolines
Chasing the ghosts of Gable and Flynn
Through stand-in boys and extra players
Magnolias hopeful in her auburn hair
She comes from a school of southern charm
She likes to have things her way
Any man in the world holding out his arm
Would soon be made to pay

Friends have told her not so proud
Neighbors trying to sleep and yelling "not so loud"
Lovers in anger "Block of Ice"
Harder and harder just to be nice
Given in the night to dark dreams
From the dark things she feels
She covers her eyes in the X-rated scenes
Running from the reels

Beauty and madness to be praised
'Cause it is not easy to be brave
To walk around in so much need
To carry the weight of all that greed
Dressed in stolen clothes she stands
Cast iron and frail
With her impossibly gentle hands
And her blood-red fingernails

Out of the fire and still smoldering
She says "A woman must have everything"
Shades of Scarlett Conquering
She says "A woman must have everything"



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    thndrbillJan 16, 2009 at 11:49 pm
    I think "Hissing of Summer Lawns" was one of the best albums by anyone --ever. I grew up in the late 60s and 70s in suburban California and the pictures she paints of the suburban housewife of that era are spot on.
    "Shades of Scarlet Conquering" uses the movie "Gone With the Wind" as a metaphor for the pitfalls that come with grand expectations and the way certain women see themselves.

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