The Circle Game

Lyrics:Joni Music:Joni Mitchell

Yesterday a child came out to wonder
Caught a dragon fly inside a jar
Fearful when the sky was full of thunder
And tearful at the falling at a star

And the seasons they go round and round
And the painted ponies go up and down
We're captive on the carouel of time
We can't return we can only look behind from where we came
And go round and round and round in the circle game

Then the child moved ten times round the seasons
Skated over ten clear frozen streams
Works like when you're older must oppease him
And promises of someday make his dreams

Six-teen springs and six-teen summers gone now
Cart-wheels turn to car-wheels thou the town
And they tell him take you're time it won't be long now
Till you drag your feel to slow the circles down
So the years spin by and now the boy is twenty -
though his dreams have lost some grandeur coming true
There's be new dreams may be better dreams and plenty
Before the last revolving year is through

And go round and round and round in the circle game