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Big Yellow Taxi by Joni Mitchell: Head Voice & Chest Voice 70’s Style

Big Yellow Taxi by Joni Mitchell: Head Voice & Chest Voice 70’s Style

 

For our example song, we’ll take “Big Yellow Taxi ” sung by Joni Mitchell  and listen for the differences as she moves between chest voice and head voice.

 

Below I will put the words that Joni Mitchell sings clearly in chest voice in bold font, and head voice underlined. I will only point out when she is singing  the most noticeably in chest voice and head voice so it is the easiest to hear.

 

They paved paradise
And put up a parking lot
With a pink hotel, a boutique
And a swinging hot spot
Don’t it always seem to go
 you doon’t know what you’ve got
‘Till it’s gone
They paved paradise
And put up a parking lot
They took all the trees
And put them in a tree museum
And they charged all the people
A dollar and a half just to see ’em
Don’t it always seem to go
 you doon’t know what you’ve got
‘Till it’s gone
They paved paradise
And they put up a parking lot
Hey farmer farmer
Put away that D.D.T. now
Give me spots on my apples
But leave me the birds and the bees
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 parking lot
Late last night
I heard the screen door slam
And a big yellow taxi
Took away my old man
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 parking lot
 
Late last night, I heard that screen door slam
And a big yellow tractor come and took away my house
They took away my land
 
 
Don’t it always seem to go
That you don’t know what you’ve got
‘Till it’s gone
They paved paradise
Put up a parking lot
They paved paradise
And put up a parking lot
They paved paradise
Put up a parking lot