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The end of Big Yellow Taxi - Yay or Nay?

Discussion in 'Music Corner' started by Aar Gal, Oct 14, 2020.

  1. Aar Gal

    Aar Gal Monkberry Moon Delight Thread Starter

    You know something, the end of Big Yellow Taxi has always bugged me. Was listening to the song earlier and it’s a wonderful, amazing song and performance right until the end where she does that weird bit of low singing and laughs.

    anyone else thinks this almost ruins the entire song or are you ok with it?

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  2. Fastnbulbous

    Fastnbulbous Doubleplus Ungood

    Washington DC USA
    I find it endearing and silly, in keeping with the song.
  3. Aar Gal

    Aar Gal Monkberry Moon Delight Thread Starter

    Fair dos! I can see what you mean
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  4. davenav

    davenav High Plains Grifter

    Louisville, KY USA
    It doesn’t sound planned. Almost like something you’d do if it was supposed to have faded out earlier.

    I’ve always found it charming.
  5. Django

    Django Forum Resident

    Dublin, Ireland
    Yeah, I like it.
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  6. If it wasn't there anymore, I'd miss it.
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  7. reg slade

    reg slade Forum Resident

    I f** kin hate it!!! grotesque... it’s like that horrible “scat” at the end of “Woodstock” where she goes all out of key an s**t, just awful...quality control issues. bad for music in general
  8. Aar Gal

    Aar Gal Monkberry Moon Delight Thread Starter

    Haha! So I’m not alone!
  9. danasgoodstuff

    danasgoodstuff Forum Resident

    Portland, OR
    It's Joni, that's who she is.
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  10. SongAndDanceMan

    SongAndDanceMan Forum Resident

    Not quality control issues, since it's intentional. It's just put in for people who aren't so uptight
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  11. Devin S

    Devin S Just slightly ahead of my time

    Doesn't bother me in the least.

    What I truly cannot stand is Janet Jackson's oh-so-very-fake 'extemporaneous' comment at the end of the otherwise excellent pop hit "Escapade": "Ooh, didn't quite hit the note, that wasn't such a good time."

    Absolutely ruins the song for me. So I edited it out.
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  12. rediffusion

    rediffusion Forum Resident

    I don't like the 'deep voice' but I love the laugh so I guess I'm on the fence.
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  13. Fastnbulbous

    Fastnbulbous Doubleplus Ungood

    Washington DC USA

  14. Hall Cat

    Hall Cat Forum Resident

    Chicago, IL USA
    I'm just the opposite lol
  15. Chemguy

    Chemguy Forum Resident

    It used to bug me. Now I couldn’t abide it without.
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  16. Andy Saunders

    Andy Saunders Forum Resident

    Sounds pretty cool here.:edthumbs:
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  17. willy

    willy hooga hagga hooga

    Love it :laugh: :agree:
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  18. AppleCorp3

    AppleCorp3 Forum Resident

    At first I didn’t like it at all, then it grew on me and I was okay with it, but now it’s just...lost its charm. Much like Lennon’s commentary after “Get Back” about passing the audition it’s just not funny after a while.
  19. Bingo Bongo

    Bingo Bongo Music gives me Eargasms

    No problem here...
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  20. Dodoz

    Dodoz Forum Resident

    I've always enjoyed "human" spontaneous moments in the studio, bits of chatter etc. years before I got to listen to bootlegs full of outtakes, jams, banter by various bands. It's always made me feel closer, as if I had been in the studio.

    For instance, I've always loved "Peter Gunn/Catastrophe" and "Three Little Bears" on Jimi Hendrix' "War Heroes"...two tracks that have been almost universally despised, including by the estate ("Peter Gunn" was only reissued in 2010 on disc 4 of a box set, somewhere in a dark corner). Now I understand there were better outtakes to be used before these two made the cut on "War Heroes", but the truth is...I couldn't imagine "War Heroes" without them :)

    Back to "Big Yellow Taxi"...it's one of these adlibbed moments like that. It was a good take, she did that thing at the end - and they kept it. Good transition into "Woodstock" also, on the album.
  21. Telemark

    Telemark Forum Resident

    I’m a naysayer. It doesn’t sound ad-libbed at all, to my ears — more like she ad-libbed it at some point and then made the once-spontaneous moment a rote part of the performance. The high-low singing is fine... it’s the forced-sounding laugh that puts me off.
  22. Ern

    Ern Forum Resident

    Never liked it.
  23. mark winstanley

    mark winstanley Certified dinosaur, who likes physical product

    I always loved the ending.... and even when I play the song on my guitar, i can't help but mimic it :)
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  24. Aegir

    Aegir Forum Resident

    It's an impressive demonstration of her vocal range. It's not any sillier than the verse about putting the trees in a tree museum and charging the people a dollar and a half just to see 'em.
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  25. chervokas

    chervokas Forum Resident

    Makes no difference to me one way or another. Need an "indifferent" choice in the poll.
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