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Michael Nesmith – Joanne lyrics

Her name was Joanne
And she lived in a meadow by a pond
She touched me for a moment
With a look that spoke to me of her sweet love

Then the woman that she was, drove her on with desperation
And I saw as she wept, 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 hope 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
My only thoughts of her are kind

Her name was Joanne
And she lived in a meadow by a pond
She touched me for a moment
With a look that spoke to me of her sweet love

Then the woman that she was, drove her on with desperation
And I saw, as she wept, a most hopeless situation
For Joanne and the man and the time
That made them both run

Though the essence is gone
I have no tears to cry for her
My only thoughts of her are kind

Her name was Joanne
And she lived in a meadow by a pond
She touched me for a moment
With a look that spoke to me of her sweet love

Then the woman that she was, drove her on with desperation
And I saw, as she wept, 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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    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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    Joanne Doyle Kuzborski
    In desperation Joanne ran because she was scared of her emotions. Joanne's heart and soul became entwined with things beyond her imagination and she ran and ran and ran from what would have given Joanne the greatest joy but she just couldn't understand what was happening and made a major mistake by running. The love and joy Joanne ran from took years to understand and put her in a situation that only God could understand. Joanne prays that the person she ran from has peace, love and joy in his life. His love lives on with Joanne every day of her life. His memory will never abandon Joanne.
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    Joanne Doyle Kuzborski
    Yes, there was a girl named Joanne and she was in a desperate situation and it is good that the person that she cared for and loved with all her heart and soul was able to forgive her, even though not understand the situation she fell into. Joanne made a mistake. The girl was able to overcome her hopeless situation and after years of not understanding why she had to run is now at peace and wishes to let the love of her life know that she survived this hopeless situation and went on to walk in a path of joy and love. Joanne will never forget the man she ran from and he will always hold a special place in her heart and soul. Joanne prays that the man she ran from was able to catch his share of joy and love in this world. Joanne made a mistake by running but she was so overcome by her own emotions that she had to run away and in doing so hold a pain that still is tender through the years. Joanne and the man she ran from will meet again in a heavenly place. God bless that man who cared and who filled her heart with a joy she never realized until she met him.
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    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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    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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