Two Grey Rooms – Joni Mitchell



Joni originally wrote the music in 1982 and titled it Speechless. She completed the lyrics in 1989 and released Two Grey Rooms on the 1991 album NIGHT RIDE HOME. The instrumental Speechless was released as Two Grey Rooms (Demo Version) on 2003’s JONI MITCHELL: THE COMPLETE GEFFEN RECORDINGS.

“It took me seven years to find words for it. I kept thinking, ‘This thing wants to be written in French,’ and I had to find the right story for the mood of it. It’s a very dramatic melody, full of longing. So, I finally found a story in some magazine about a German aristocrat, a homosexual and friend of [Rainer Werner] Fassbinder, who had a lover in his youth that he never got over. He lost track of him for many years. One day, he discovered that his old flame was working on the docks. He moved out of his fancy digs and into a couple of dingy rooms that overlooked the route where, with his hard hat and his lunch pail, his ex-lover walked to work. He lived to glimpse him twice a day, coming and going. He never approached him.”
—–Complete Geffen Recordings – Album Notes by Joni Mitchell

Tomorrow is Sunday
Now there’s only one day left to go
Till you walk by
Below my window
The weekends drive me mad
Holidays are oh too sad
‘Cause you don’t go
Below my window

No one knows I’m here
One day I just disappeared
And I took these two grey rooms up here
With a view
When you walk by
Below my window

You look so youthful
Time has been untruthful
Heaven knows I loved you
30 years ago
Hot days your shirt’s undone
Rainy days you run
Oh and then you fade so fast
Below my window

No one knows I’m here
One day I just disappeared
And I took these two grey rooms up here
With a view
Only when you walk by
Below my window
When you walk by

Below my window
Below my window
Hey hey
Below my window
Below my window
Below my window

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