“They took all the trees
And put ’em in a tree museum
And they charged the people
A dollar and a half to seem ’em”

— Joni Mitchell, Big Yellow Taxi, 1970



Mitchell said this about writing the song to journalist Alan McDougall in the early 1970s:

“I wrote ‘Big Yellow Taxi’ on my first trip to Hawaii. I took a taxi to the hotel and when I woke up the next morning, I threw back the curtains and saw these beautiful green mountains in the distance. Then, I looked down and there was a parking lot as far as the eye could see, and it broke my heart… this blight on paradise. That’s when I sat down and wrote the song.” source


Trees and Climate Change

“Trees can slow the warming of our planet by taking carbon out of the air, but only if they’re healthy. And hotter, longer summers could soon be weakening trees beyond repair, devastating whole forests across North America and turning them into sources of carbon, in some cases as soon as 2050.”

Full article: Newsweek

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