Essay on Big Yellow Taxi By Joni Mitchell

1191 Words Sep 15th, 2016 5 Pages
This musical and cultural study will define the theme of environmental activism in the 1970s in the song, “Big Yellow Taxi”, by Joni Mitchell. Mitchell’s song is representative of the cultural power of pop music to inspire environmental activists to take action to protect the earth’s ecosystem during the early 1970s. “Big Yellow Taxi” is a song with environmentally conscious lyrics that express the concern about humankind’s industrial influence in damaging the environment. Over the generations, “Big Yellow Taxi” has become an iconic protest song for environmentalists that choose to fight the destruction of the Earth’s ecosystems by human industrialization. Mitchell’s iconic status as an environmentalist folk musician provided a foundation for popular musician essence, a cultural and musical analysis of the 1970s environmentalist theme of “Big Yellow Taxi” will be defined in Joni Mitchell’s lyrical and songwriting methodology.
“Big Yellow Taxi” is a song with environmentally conscious lyrics that express the concern about humankind’s industrial influence in damaging the environment. There are references to building a parking lot over “paradise” as the foundation for the damage done by man-made industrialization and real estate development: They paved paradise/And put up a parking lot/ With a pink hotel, a boutique/ And a swinging hot spot” (Mitchell lines 1-4). In the 1970s, environmentalists took the energy from the counter-cultural “sixties peace movement” and expanded…

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