Cyndi Lauper covers Joni Mitchell’s “Carey”

This is an amazing performance by Cyndi Lauper at the Joni Mitchell tribute concert in 2000.

Music & Lyrics by Joni Mitchell

The wind is in from Africa
Last night I couldn’t sleep
You know it’s really hard to leave here
but its really not my home
My fingernails are filthy
I got beach tar on my feet
Oh, you know I miss my clean white linen
and my fancy French cologne

Carey, get out your cane
And I’ll put on my silver
Oh you’re a mean old daddy, but I like you

Come on down to the mermaid cafe
I will buy you a bottle of wine
And we’ll laugh and toast to nothing
and smash our empty glasses down
Let’s have a round for these freaks and these soldiers
Let’s have a round for these friends of mine
Let’s have a round for the bright red devil
Who keeps me in this tourist town

Carey, get out your cane
I’ll put on my silver
Oh you’re a mean old daddy, but I like you

And I’ll go to Amsterdam
and maybe I’ll go down to Rome
And I’ll rent me a grand piano
and put flowers in my room
But let’s not talk of fare-thee-wells now
’cause the night is a starry dome
And they’re playin that scratchy rock and roll
beneath the Matalla moon

Carey, get out your cane
And Ill put on my silver
Oh, you’re a mean old daddy, but I like you

The wind is in from Africa
Last night I couldn’t sleep
You know it sure is hard to leave here
But, it’s really not my home

My fingernails are filthy
I got beach tar on my feet
and I miss my clean white linen
And my fancy French cologne

Oh Carey, get out your cane
I’ll put on my finest silver
Oh, you’re a mean old daddy, but I like you
I said, come on down to the mermaid cafe
Have fun tonight
oh, you’re a mean old daddy, but I like you

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