The Circle Game

Composed By:Joni Mitchell Lyrics By:Joni Mitchell

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

* And the seasons they go round and round And the painted ponies go up and down
We're captive on the carousel 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
Words like when you're older must appease him And promises of someday make his dreams

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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 feet 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

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And go round and round and round in the circle game