That Song About the Midway
Bonnie Raitt Lyrics

I met you on a midaway at a fair last year
And you stood out like a ruby in a black man's ear
You were playing on the horses
You were playing on the guitar strings

You were playing like the devil wearing wings
Wearing wings, you looked so grand, wearing wings
Do you tie them to your shoulders just to sing
Can you fly? I hear you can! Can you fly?
Just like an eagle doin' his hunting from the sky
I followed through a sideshow to another town
And I found you in a trailer on the camping grounds
You were betting on some lover, shootin' out the dice

And I thought I saw you cheating once or twice
Once or twice, I heard ya did, once or twice
Were you wondering was the gamble worth the price
Now you've packed it in, I heard you did, packed it in

Was it hard to fold a hand you knew you could win?
Lately you've been hiding, it was somewhere in the news
And I'm still at these races with my ticket stubs and my blues
The man calls out the numbers...he sometimes mentions mine

But I feel like I've been working overtime
Overtime, I've lost my fire, overtime
And I envy you the valley that you've found
'Cause I'm midway down the midway

Slowin' down

Lyrics © Crazy Crow Music / Siquomb Music Publishing
Written by: Joni Mitchell

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Eugene Ward,Jr.

Probably in the minority with this comment but I prefer this cover over Joni Mitchell's original. Bonnie's deeper vocals and soulful rendition are perfect for this JM MASTERPIECE.


Don't think you're in the minority with that view, Eugene. Bonnie's is the definitive version of this song without a doubt, just as the Tom Rush cover of Joni's "The Urge for Going" is the definitive version of that song.


I prefer this to Joni’s and I usually hate covers of Joni’s songs.

Carole Clark


Bruce Tennyson

I agree

Alexandra Britain

Me too! Absolutely

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Mary Hafner

This entire album is so, so good. Thank you again Bonnie

Kurt Kline

You do know this was written by Joni Mitchell. It is a song that makes David Crosby squirm in his chair.

Skeeter NYC

I don't usually like Joni covers but Bonnie's the real deal and knows her shit and does it justice.

Jeff Bilby

Stunning vocal interpretation of the Joni Mitchell gem, this song just gave fans a new Raitt vocal they really hadn't heard before. The added depth and care in the production zero'd in on the vocalist and its a highlight of many of STREETLIGHTS, and so different to what fans had her from the previous three from 1971, 1972 & 1973. just an incredible voice and musician for years to come, took awhile to connect with a larger audience but the pay off getting more attention to the music she loved and not selling out, is one of her trademarks in the business..

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