Free Man in Paris

Album: Court And Spark (1974)
Charted: 22
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  • The way I see it, he said, you just can't win it
    Everybody's in it for their own gain
    You can't please 'em all
    There's always somebody calling you down

    I do my best
    And I do good business
    There's a lot of people asking for my time
    They're trying to get ahead
    They're trying to be a good friend of mine

    I was a free man in Paris
    I felt unfettered and alive
    There was nobody calling me up for favors
    And no one's future to decide
    You know I'd go back there tomorrow
    But for the work I've taken on
    Stoking the star-maker machinery
    Behind the popular song

    I deal in dreamers
    And telephone screamers
    Lately I wonder what I do it for
    If I had my way
    I'd just walk out those doors
    And wander down the Champs-Élysées
    Going café to cabaret
    Thinking how I'll feel when I find
    That very good friend of mine

    I was a free man in Paris
    I felt unfettered and alive
    Nobody was calling me up for favors
    No one's future to decide
    You know I'd go back there tomorrow
    But for the work I've taken on
    Stoking the star-maker machinery
    Behind the popular song Writer/s: Joni Mitchell
    Publisher: RESERVOIR MEDIA MANAGEMENT INC
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Comments: 16

  • Barry from Sauquoit, NyOn September 8th 1974, Joni Mitchell appeared* at the 'New York Summersault '74' at the Roosevelt Raceway in Westbury, Long Island, New York...
    At the time her "Free Man in Paris" was in its second of two weeks at #24 on Billboard's Hot Top 100 chart...
    {See next post below}...
    It reached #2 {for 1 week} on Billboard's Adult Contemporary tracks chart; the week it was at #2, the #1 record for that week was "I Honestly Love You" by Olivia Newton-John...
    * Ms. Mitchell performed a thirteen song set at the show, but according to concertsgalore.net "Free Man in Paris" was omitted.
  • Barry from Sauquoit, NyOn September 11th 1974, Joni Mitchell appeared in concert before 80,000 fans at Wembley Stadium in London, England...
    At the time "Free Man in Paris" was at #24 on Billboard's Hot Top 100 chart; seventeen days later it would peak at #22 {for 2 weeks} and spent 14 weeks on the Top 100...
    Also appearing at the concert were Crosby, Stills, Nash, & Young and the Band...
    Ms. Mitchell, born Roberta Joan Anderson, will celebrate her 71st birthday in two months on November 7th {2014}.
  • Lyn from Mobile, AlIt took me a long time to become a Joni Mitchell fan. By that I mean, to grow up enough to appreciate her. When I was younger, if I wished I could be any singer, it was Robert Plant - and I'm female, LOL. Now, in my - ah hem - mature years, I'm going back and revisiting music from my kid and teen, and even 20s years. Joni Mitchell, without doubt, is now my favorite singer/songwriter. I'm only sorry it took me nearly 30 years to get to know her genius.
  • Paul from Washington Dc, DcJoni is Euterpe incarnate. I know that ROLLING STONE dissed it all to blazes but Hissing of Summer Lawns is my favorite album of all time.
  • Blake from Stevensville, MdIs this song all in 4/4 timing or is the intro in a different time?

    Blake, Chester,MD
  • Reed from New Ulm, MnIt's so hard to pick a favorite from Joni, ALL her stuff is great!
  • Francia from Caracas, --I think Blue is the best, but all of her albums are great, so as she
  • Roman from New York City, NyThe MINGUS album is genius, Dylann - listen closer - or even listen to a little Charles Mingus.
  • Nicole from Massapequa, NyFrom an article by Johnny Black in Blender, September 2004

    "I wrote that in Paris for David Geffen," Mitchell has explained, "taking a lot of it from the things he said." Geffen and Mitchell went a long way back. He had been her agent at the start of her rise to fame in the '60s, and by the time she wrote "Free Man in Paris," he owned the record label for which she (along with the Eagles, Jackson Browne and Dylan) was recording. The pair were such close friends that they even shared a house, but despite wide speculation about a romantic entanglement, theirs was more akin to a Will & Grace relationship.
    Although Mitchell was pleased with the song, which features David Crosby and Graham Nash on backing vocals, Geffen was not so sure. "He didn't like it at the time," she says. "He begged me to take it off the record. I think he felt uncomfortable being shown in that light."

  • Kate from New York, NyBest album is Blue, no? I mean, come on!
  • Donna from Olympia, WaActually, in my opinion Hejira is her best album. The combination of players (Jaco Pastorius playing bass) and the slight jazz element make it a supreme album, although Court and Spark is is right up there. Blue is also fantastic, too.
  • Glenn from Evansville, InCourt and Spark, definitely her best album.
  • Stefanie from Rock Hill, ScYeah, some of her later stuff is really good. Most of that comes from the 1990's. I like her stuff from the 1960's and 1970's better.
  • Dylann from Los Angeles, Cahow can anyone not like her. even AFTER the mingus album helloo.
  • Bonnie from Washington, DcJoni's one of my favorites, too, at least she was before the Mingus album.
  • Stefanie from Rock Hill, ScThis is a great song, but Jonie Mitchell is one of my favorite artists anyway.
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