a case of you

August 15, 2014 § Leave a comment

From http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/A_Case_of_You:

Mitchell recorded “A Case of You” in 1971, during her early folk period. The song was first released on the 1971 album Blue with Mitchell playing Appalachian dulcimer, accompanied by James Taylor on acoustic guitar. The release of the live album Amchitka – The 1970 Concert That Launched Greenpeace shows that the song was written earlier than 1971, as Mitchell performs a live version of “A Case of You” at the concert.

Mitchell’s earliest public performances of “A Case of You” contain six lines that had changed by the time Blue was recorded. Some of these nautical-flavored lines are: “Just before our ship got lost”; “‘You’re silly as a northern fish,’ says I”; and “I drew a map of Canada and charted our last squall.”[1] The line “I am as constant as a northern star” is an allusion to Caesar’s “I am as constant as the northern star” from the Shakespeare play Julius Caesar.

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Middlemarch last para

August 15, 2014 § Leave a comment

Her finely touched spirit had still its fine issues, though they were not widely visible. Her full nature, like the river of which Cyrus broke the strength, spent itself in channels which had no great name on the earth. But the effect of her being on those around her was incalculably diffusive: for the growing good of the world is partly dependent on unhistoric acts; and that things are not so ill with you and me as they might have been, is half owing to the number who lived faithfully a hidden life, and rest in unvisited tombs.

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