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Chelsea Morning, a Singable Picture Book (a Song by Joni Mitchell)

Posted on: March 21, 2013

A beautiful song in a beautiful book with illustrations by Brian Froud nodding to the faery world.

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Chelsea Morning
Words and Music by Joni Mitchell
Illustrated by Brian Froud

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Joni Mitchell performs her own song in 1969

www.youtube.com/watch?v=DXe95iTtci0

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Ms. Mitchell sings Chelsea Morning on BBC

www.youtube.com/watch?v=G2dicRl4eAc

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Judi Collins sings Chelsea Morning

www.youtube.com/watch?v=v5-NlLLes1c

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Song history and lyrics for Chelsea Morning on Joni Mitchell’s website:
http://jonimitchell.com/music/song.cfm?id=207

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CHELSEA MORNING
Words and Music by Joni Mitchell

Woke up, it was a Chelsea morning
And the first thing that I heard
Was a song outside my window
And the traffic wrote the words
It came a-reeling up like Christmas bells
And rapping up like pipes and drums

Oh, won’t you stay
We’ll put on the day
And we’ll wear it ’till the night comes

Woke up, it was a Chelsea morning
And the first thing that I saw
Was the sun through yellow curtains
And a rainbow on the wall
Blue, red, green and gold to welcome you
Crimson crystal beads to beckon

Oh, won’t you stay
We’ll put on the day
There’s a sun show every second

Now the curtain opens on a portrait of today
And the streets are paved with passersby
And pigeons fly
And papers lie
Waiting to blow away

Woke up, it was a Chelsea morning
And the first thing that I knew
There was milk and toast and honey
And a bowl of oranges, too
And the sun poured in like butterscotch
And stuck to all my senses

Oh, won’t you stay
We’ll put on the day
And we’ll talk in present tenses
When the curtain closes
And the rainbow runs away
I will bring you incense owls by night
By candlelight, by jewel-light
If only you will stay

Pretty baby, won’t you
Wake up, it’s a Chelsea morning

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Addendum, 11/6/2013
CHELSEA MORNING for Halloween

Though the song itself doesn’t scream HALLOWEEN, I found myself reaching for it when assembling stacks of songs to share for Sing Books visits when we were thinking about Halloween fun.  The reason is the book’s illustrations, pictures filled with fanciful fairies and creatures, owls and incense, it seemed like just the thing when celebrating this time filled with fanciful costumes and imagination.

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Addendum, 11/6/2013
CHELSEA MORNING for Christmas

The lyric is there…

Woke up, it was a Chelsea morning, and the first thing that I heard
Was a song outside my window, and the traffic wrote the words
It came a-reeling up like Christmas bells, and rapping up like pipes and drums

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Addendum, 11/6/2013
CHELSEA MORNING, a song for the senses

Children are learning about all sorts of things in elementary school, not the least of which is to observe and experience the world around them with the use of all 5 senses:  SIGHT, SMELL, TASTE, TOUCH, HEAR and the sensual, beautiful vocabulary in this wonderful song  encompasses them all.

I would encourage teachers to use this song to explore the subject of the human senses.

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Related Posts

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BOTH SIDES NOW, A SINGABLE PICTURE BOOK (SONG BY JONI MITCHELL)
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2011/03/07/both-sides-now-a-singable-picture-book-and-my-business-with-the-cloud-artwork-at-the-corcoran/

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SUNSHINE ON MY SHOULDERS, A SINGABLE PICTURE BOOK
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2011/01/10/sunshine-on-my-shoulders-a-singable-picture-book/

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OVER THE RAINBOW, A SINGABLE PICTURE BOOK
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2010/03/08/over-the-rainbow-a-singable-book/

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JONI MITCHELL
SINGABLE PICTURE BOOKS OF JONI MITCHELL
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2013/04/07/joni-mitchell-in-singable-picture-books/

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CIRCLE GAME, A SINGABLE PICTURE BOOK (SONG BY JONI MITCHELL)
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2013/04/07/the-circle-game-a-singable-picture-book/

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FOLK SONGS
A List of Folk Songs in Singable Picture Books

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HALLOWEEN

A list of spooky, fun, funny and evocative songs for our favorite October Holiday
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2010/10/30/halloween-singable-picture-books-ooooooooeeeeeeeee/

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CHRISTMAS

A Collection of Singable Picture Books that celebrate CHRISTMAS!
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2010/11/28/singable-picture-books-for-christmas/

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EDUCATIONAL USES OF CHELSEA MORNING
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2013/11/14/educational-for-chelsea-morning/

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