Joni Mitchell – Help Me

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Joni Mitchell is a talented singer-songwriter, poet and painter. A highly influential artist, she has received eight Grammy Awards during her career, with the first coming in 1969 and the most recent in 2008. The song “Help Me,” was one of the songs I listened to over and over in the 70s with my friends. I have always been a huge fan of this song, and it is still one of my favorite songs. I love the way she asked him “Are you gonna let me go there by myself, that’s such a lonely thing to do.” The song was brilliantly written and with Joni’s soft Canadian voice, you couldn’t help but fall in love with the lyrics and find yourself wanting to listen to this song over and over!

In this song, Mitchell sings about a guy she’s falling in love with while at the same time knowing the relationship is doomed, as he is “a rambler and a gambler” who loves his freedom. Mitchell never revealed the identity of this person (if any – she says that not all her songs are autobiographical), but the two prime candidates would be Jackson Browne and Glenn Frey, both of whom she dated in the early ’70s.

Mitchell used jazz musicians to back her on the Court and Spark album after initial attempts to play it with the popular Los Angeles session players that backed the likes of James Taylor and Warren Zevon failed. She got the sound she was looking for in members of the band L.A. Express, which included guitarist Larry Carlton and drummer John Guerin. During the sessions, Mitchell became romantically involved with Guerin.

Mitchell called this a “throwaway song,” but a “good radio record.” She explained: “My record companies always had a tendency to take my fastest songs on album for singles, thinking they’d stand out because they did on the LPs. Meantime, I’d feel that the radio is crying for one of my ballads.”

Released as the first single from the album, “Help Me” became Mitchell’s biggest hit It peaked at #7 on the USA Hot 100 and #1 on the Adult Contemporary chart – her only #1 on that tally.

Song Lyrics –

Help me
I think I’m falling
In love again
When I get that crazy feeling, I know
I’m in trouble again
I’m in trouble

‘Cause you’re a rambler and a gambler
And a sweet-taIking-ladies man
And you love your lovin’
But not like you love your freedom

Help me
I think I’m falling
In love too fast
It’s got me hoping for the future
And worrying about the past
‘Cause I’ve seen some hot hot blazes
Come down to smoke and ash
We love our lovin’

But not like we love our freedom
Didn’t it feel good
We were sitting there talking
Or lying there not talking
Didn’t it feel good
You dance with the lady
With the hole in her stocking

Didn’t it feel good
Didn’t it feel good
Help me
I think I’m falling
In love with you

Are you going to let me go there by myself
That’s such a lonely thing to do
Both of us flirting around
Flirting and flirting

Hurting too
We love our lovin’
But not like we love our freedom

Writer/s: Joni Mitchell
Publisher: Crazy Crow Music / Siquomb Music Publishing, Songtrust Ave
Lyrics Credit: LyricFind

 

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10 thoughts on “Joni Mitchell – Help Me

        1. Glad you and your family had a great time. That’s wonderful that you’re off for a few days. It’s nice to be a Slug every once in a while!! It does feel wrong, we had weather in the 70s for Christmas, in the 60s today and for Friday the temp is going to drop down in the 50’s and we’re expecting rain on Saturday. Crazy weather we’re getting.

          1. I do hope it gets colder here…just to feel right. I need to check the weather. Glad you had a good one also. I am putting in applications while I’m off…I want a job where I’m not on call 365 days a year. I’ll find one somewhere.

                1. No worries, Max. I hope you slept well. I can’t blame you for searching for a new job. That’s just CRAZY to have someone on-call 365 days a year!! That’s not right at all. I will keep you in my thoughts and prayers that you will find a good one. There are still good jobs and companies out there that value family.