real good for free) lyrics – joni mitchell

i slept last night in a good hotel
i went shopping today for jewels
the wind rushed around in the dirty town
and the children let out from the schools
i was standing on a noisy corner
waiting for the walking green
across the street he stood
and he played real good
on his clarinet, for free.

now me i play for fortune
and those velvet curtain calls
i’ve got a black limousine
and two gentlemen
escorting me to the halls
and i play if you have the money

or if you’re a friend to me
but the one man band
by the quick lunch stand
he was playing real good, for free.

n*body stopped to hear him
though he played so sweet and high
they knew he had never
been on their t.v.
so they p*ssed his music by
i meant to go over and ask for a song
maybe put on a harmony…
i heard his refrain
as the signal changed
he was playing real good, for free.

/ joni mitchell lyrics