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Her name was Joanne
And she lived near a meadow
By a pond
And she touched me for a moment
With a look that spoke to me
Of her sweet long
Then the woman that she was
Drove her on with desperation
And I saw, as she went
A most hopeless situation
For Joanne and the man
And the time that made them both run
She was only a girl
I know that well, but still I could not see
That the hold that she had
Was much stronger than the love
She felt for me
But staying with her
And my little bit of wisdom
Broke down her desires
Like a light through a prism
Into yellows and blues
And the tune that I could not have sung
Though the essence is gone
I have no tears to cry for her
And my only thoughts of her
Are kind
Her name was Joanne
And she lived near a meadow by a pond
And she touched me for a moment
With a look that spoke to me
Of her sweet long
Then the woman that she was
Drove her on with desperation
And I saw as she went
A most hopeless situation
For Joanne and the man
And the time that made them both run
For Joanne and the man
And the time that made them both run



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    UnregisteredJan 5, 2012 at 2:16 am
    Adoption. The story of an unwed mother as sung by her son, who, although adopted, still has kind thoughts of the woman who bore him. Holding her son only briefly was easier than dealing with the emotional weight and strain as a single parent, and he was too little to help, or put another way, the tune he couldn't sing. Joanne and the man became parents at a time when neither could handle it. The child was better for it as a result, but the pain of regret still lingers on both mother and son. A painfully touching, yet bittersweet song so beautifully crafted and underrated.
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    UnregisteredJul 18, 2012 at 8:36 am
    A very confusing song, to say the least. Who "the man" is never explained at all. I remember this song from when it came out in the early 70s, and I remember liking it a lot. The odd thing is, I don't remember noticing the glaring ambiguity about the identity of "the man". I guess I just assumed he was the man that joanne chose to go with instead of the singer. That still seems the likeliest explanation. She was torn for a while between the two of them, because each gave her a part of what she needed, but only a part. That would be the meaning of "broke down her desires like a light through a prism".
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    UnregisteredJun 14, 2012 at 10:19 pm
    This is a song from the 60s so it is obviously in reference to the drug use and environmental movement. The line at the end of the second verse should read "of her sweet lawn," to vaguely rhyme with "by a pond" at the end of the first verse. The singer is obviously an itinerant worker wandering through the neighborhood offering to mow peoples' yards, and he falls in love with joanne's, um, lush lawn while she's skinny-dipping in her backyard pool - the "pond. " the "yellows and blues" are references to the blue sky and sunshine filtering through the prism of the weed he's smokin' as he's "mowing joanne's lawn," if you catch my drift. "joanne and the man on the run" clarify that this is a threesome we're talking about, and her desperation is in reference to her worrying about what if her husband finds out about her two boyfriends?
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    UnregisteredOct 27, 2011 at 1:55 am
    I think its about a cow that has lived her life in a meadow by a pond, the catch of her eye so innocent and loving, at the end the man was chasing her onto a truck and taken away to be slaughtered, her essence is gone, but he still thinks kind of her, he understands what has happened, a little upset about the whole situation in someway the cow has affected him.

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