Sunny Sunday

Album: Turbulent Indigo (1994)

Songfacts®:

  • Joni Mitchell performs this track solo accompanying herself on the acoustic guitar. It might be described as a slightly enigmatic song about a woman who waits for night to fall then, taking her pistol, aims a shot at a streetlight. She always misses, but tells herself the day she hits the light is the day she will leave.
  • On November 13, 1994, the Canadian singer-songwriter was interviewed by Tracey Macleod for the BBC2 TV program The Late Show, which was broadcast December 6. Asked if "Sunny Sunday" was about herself, she replied: "It's not autobiographical. Actually it's kind of a composite portrait. I have a friend who I paint with, who had a roommate who did this."

    Joni Mitchell trained as an artist, and like Rolf Harris of "Tie Me Kangaroo Down" fame, she became an entertainer by accident, i.e. using her musical skills to pay for her education and then realizing that maybe her part-time job was her true vocation. In the interview she continued: "It's just the story of a woman waiting for some little change to give a new direction... it's a kind of a mysterious little song. It's also the shortest song I ever wrote." >>
    Suggestion credit:
    Alexander Baron - London, England, for above 2

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