Shadows And Light

Album: Hissing Of Summer Lawns (1975)
  • This moving song explores the contrasts and differences we encounter in our lives: blindness and sight, wrong and right, day and night. This balance between good and bad is a common theme in Mitchell's songwriting, which often examines such complexities.
  • Mitchell provided all the sounds on this track; the gospel choir is really layered tracks of her voice. She also provided all the instrumentation, which is a Farfisa organ hooked up to an ARP synthesizer.
  • In 1980, Mitchell released a 2-disc concert album called Shadows And Light, featuring backup vocals by The Persuasions. >>
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    Brook - Spokane, WA
  • "Man of cruelty, mark of Cain," refers to the biblical Cain who murdered his brother, Abel. God condemned him with a mark of damnation on his forehead so no one would be able to kill him, ensuring he would spend his days wandering the earth as a fugitive for his crime.

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