Great Lyrics from Underappreciated Songs: Yvette in English

Burgundy nocturne tips and spills,
the trot along nicely in the spreading stain.
New chills, new thrills, for the old uphill battle,
how did he wind up here again?

From “Yvette in English,” by Joni Mitchell and David Crosby.

There’s so much going on here, it’s hard to know where to start – the beautiful imagery of a spreading wine stain to describe the onset of evening; the internal rhymes of “spills, chills, thrills, and uphill”; the eye rhyme of “stain” and “again.”

Also, check out the beautiful melodies that Wayne Shorter improvises throughout the song. My favorite is from 2:36 – 2:49.

Published in: on July 23, 2009 at 6:23 pm  Leave a Comment  

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