Big Yellow Taxi
Harry Styles Lyrics


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Paved paradise and put up a parking lot
With a pink hotel, a boutique
And a swingin' hot spot

Don't it always seem to go
That you don't know what you've
Got 'til it's gone?
Paved paradise, put up a parking lot
(Ooo-bop-bop-bop ooo-bop-bop-bop)

Took all the trees, put 'em in a tree museum
And they charged the people a dollar and
A half just to see them

Don't it always seem to go
That you don't know what you've
Got 'til it's gone?
They paved paradise, put up a parking lot
(Ooo-bop-bop-bop ooo-bop-bop-bop
Ooo-bop-bop-bop ooo-bop-bop-bop)

Hey farmer, farmer, put away the DDT now
Give me spots on my apples
But leave me the birds and the bees, please

Don't it always seem to go
That you don't know what you've
Got 'til it's gone?
Paved paradise, put up a parking lot
Paved paradise, 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 'til it's gone?
Paved paradise, put up a parking lot
Don't it always seem to go
That you don't know what you've
Got 'til it's gone? 2-3-4
Paved paradise, put up a parking lot




Paved paradise, put up a parking lot
Paved paradise, put up a parking lot ah ah

Overall Meaning

The lyrics to Harry Styles's version of "Big Yellow Taxi" carry a strong message about the destructive impact of urban development on nature and beauty. The opening lines, "Paved paradise and put up a parking lot, With a pink hotel, a boutique, And a swingin' hot spot," speak to the common practice of tearing down natural landscapes to make way for commercial structures. This sets the stage for the theme of losing something valuable without realizing its worth until it is too late.


As the song continues, the repetition of the phrase "Don't it always seem to go, That you don't know what you've Got 'til it's gone?" emphasizes the idea of taking things for granted until they are no longer available. The image of trees being put in a tree museum and people being charged to see them highlights the absurdity of valuing nature only once it has been destroyed. The reference to a farmer putting away DDT, a harmful pesticide, reflects the plea to preserve the environment and protect the birds and bees crucial for pollination.


The poignant verse, "Late last night, I heard the screen door slam, And a big yellow taxi took away my old man," adds a personal touch to the narrative, showing how even individual losses can be linked to larger environmental degradation. The metaphor of the "big yellow taxi" symbolizes the rapid and often irreversible changes that occur when nature is paved over for human progress. The chorus repetition of "Paved paradise, put up a parking lot" reinforces the regretful realization of what has been lost in the quest for material development.


In conclusion, Harry Styles's rendition of "Big Yellow Taxi" serves as a poignant reminder of the consequences of environmental negligence and the importance of valuing and preserving the natural world. The lyrics urge listeners to appreciate the beauty of nature before it is paved over and lost forever, and to consider the interconnectedness of all living beings. The song's message of awareness and appreciation for the environment resonates strongly, calling for a reevaluation of priorities and a more sustainable approach to urban development.


Line by Line Meaning

Paved paradise and put up a parking lot
Destroying something beautiful and replacing it with something mundane


Took all the trees, put 'em in a tree museum
Taking nature for granted and commodifying it


Hey farmer, farmer, put away the DDT now
Calling for environmental responsibility and the preservation of wildlife


Late last night, I heard the screen door slam
Realizing the impact of loss only after it's too late




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Most interesting comments from YouTube:

Evelyn

They paved paradise
Put up a parking lot
With a pink hotel, a boutique
And a swinging hot spot
Don't it always seem to go
That you don't know what you've got
'Til it's gone
They paved paradise
Put up a parking lot
Shoo, bop, bop, bop, bop
Shoo, bop, bop, bop, bop
They took all the trees
Put them in a tree museum
And they charged all the people
A dollar and a half to see 'em
Don't it always seem to go
That you don't know what you've got
'Til it's gone
They paved paradise
Put up a parking lot
Shoo, bop, bop, bop, bop
Shoo, bop, bop, bop, bop
Hey, farmer, farmer
Put away the DDT now
Give me spots on my apples
But leave me the birds and the bees
Please
Don't it always seem to go
That you don't know what you've got
'Til it's gone
They paved paradise
Put up a parking lot
Shoo, bop, bop, bop, bop
Shoo, bop, bop, bop, bop
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
'Til it's gone
They paved paradise
Put up a parking lot
Shoo, bop, bop, bop, bop
I said, don't it always seem to go
That you don't know what you've got
'Til it's gone
They paved paradise
Put up a parking lot
Shoo, bop, bop, bop, bop
They paved paradise
And put up a parking lot
Shoo, bop, bop, bop, bop
They paved paradise
Put up a parking lot



ditya singh

Lyrics:
Yellow taxi
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
That you don'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 to see 'em
Don't it always seem to go
That you don'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
Please
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

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



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me lol

this gives me canyon moon vibes idk why but i love it

Emusha

EXCATLY

Adi Abraham

Same

yeemosenp. dad

The “don’t it always seem to go” has a similar chord progression as the “I’m going home part” in canyon moon

Juliana

Canyon Moon gives Big Yellow Taxi Vibes

chaeryonq

thats why i love it

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Abril San

did i seriously just watch the whole thing eight times just to hear his little laugh at the end?? yes. yes i did.

Selene

😍😍😍

thomas sels

Still doing it to this day

Vanessa Caccialanza

Not me doing the exact same thing

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