Trouble Child

Joni Mitchell

Up in a sterilized room

Where they let you be lazy

Knowing your attitude's all wrong

And you got to change

And that's not easy

Dragon shining with all values known

Dazzling you-keeping you from your own

Where is the lion in you to defy him

When you're this weak

And this spacey...

So what are you going to do about it

You can't live life and you can't leave it

Advice and religion-you can't take it

You can't seem to believe it

The peacock is afraid to parade

You're under the thumb of the maid

You really can't give love in this condition

Still you know how you need it

They open and close you

Then they talk like they know you

They don't know you

They're friends and they're foes too

Trouble child

Breaking like the waves at Malibu

So why does it come as such a shock

To know you really have no one

Only a river of changing faces

Looking for an ocean

They trickle through your leaky plans

Another dream over the dam

And you're lying in some room

Feeling like your right to be human

Is going over too

Well some are going to knock you

And some'll try to clock you

You know it's really hard

To talk sense to you

Trouble child

Breaking like the waves at Malibu

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