a case of you
August 15, 2014 § Leave a comment
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.” 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.