The hissing of summer lawns

 
In 1975 Joni Mitchell decided to continue her folk/jazz mix she already started on the previous album “Court And Spark” together with some new experimental tracks.
Joni Mitchell next to Graham Nash
“In France They Kiss On Main Street“ sounds like it could be an outtake of her previous album. It’s about about coming of age in a small town in the 1950s rock & roll era. “Jungle  Line” is the experiment here with african tribal drums and poetry. The lyrics are a tribute to the works of the French Post-Impressionist painter Henri Rousseau. Mitchell blends details of his works with imagery of modern city life, the music industry and the underground drug culture. “Edith And The Kingpin”  another jazzy track about gangsters. “Don't Interrupt the Sorrow" is an acoustic guitar song about women standing up to male dominance and proclaiming their own existence as individuals. "Shades of Scarlett Conquering" about her life comparing herself with scarlett O’Hara from the classic movie “Gone With The Wind”. The title track is about a woman who chooses to stay in a marriage where she is treated as part of her husband's portfolio. “The Boho Dance” talks of people who claim that artists betray their artistical power in favour of commercial success. ”Harry's House/Centerpiece” is about the failing of marriage like the one she had with Graham Nash from Crosby, Stills and Nash. A theme that often returns on her albums.
On the cover we see people carrying a snake with Beverly Hills on the background with Mitchell's own house lightened up at the right.
The Hissing Of Summer Lawns
In France They Kiss on Main Street / The Jungle Line / Edith and the Kingpin / Don't Interrupt the Sorrow / Shades of Scarlett Conquering / The Hissing of Summer Lawns / The Boho Dance / Harry's House/Centerpiece / Sweet Bird / Shadows and Light
The Jungle Line 
 In France They Kiss on Main Street

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