Top Ten Songs About Healing The Earth (page 2)

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9. “Big Yellow Taxi”-[lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Joni Mitchell[/lastfm]

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Written after Joni Mitchell went to Hawaii and saw them building a parking lot in paradise, this song from the 1970s is one of the earliest, and most memorable songs about the devastation of the planet, the big yellow taxi being symbolic as a warning to slow down, especially when “They took all the trees, and put em in a tree museum/And they charged the people a dollar and a half to see them/No, no, no, don’t it always seem to go/That you don’t know what you’ve got till it’s gone/They paved paradise, and put up a parkin’ lot.”

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