Ruby-Studded Bro

Gabe’s post about a Joni Mitchell poem in the New Yorker reminded me of an unfortunate fact. My favorite Joni Mitchell song is That Song About the Midway, possibly because of Dave Van Ronk’s cover of it on Sunday Street: one of the very few autoharp-based performances to which I will willingly listen. (Here’s a passable version of the song from someone on YouTube—couldn’t immediately find one by Mitchell, let alone Van Ronk.)

Anyway, ever since watching a particular Seinfeld episode, I have been unable to listen to any version of that song without hearing the following:

“And you stood out like a ruby in a black manssiere.”

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