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HI227: Living in the City

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Popular culture and urban life

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



"Big Yellow Taxi"  has become an environmental anthem: at least 456 artists have recorded the song, and since 1990 a musician has recorded it virtually every year. Joni Mitchell has recorded it three times, the second, live version in 1974 proving a bigger hit than the original.



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Donald Altschiller
Mugar Memorial Library
Subjects: History, Religion