Song Lyric Sunday — Behind the Wheel

For this week’s Song Lyric Sunday, Jim Adams picked up a suggestion from Melanie (Sparks from a Combustible Mind) to give us automobile, car, jalopy, and vehicle as the theme. I chose a song by the incomparable Joni Mitchell, “Car on a Hill.”

“Car on a Hill,” written by Joni Mitchell, was a track from Court and Spark, the sixth studio album by Canadian singer-songwriter. The album was an immediate commercial and critical success, and it remains her most successful album ever, having reached number 2 in the U.S. and number 1 in Canada. This particular song, though, was never released as a single.

“Car on a Hill” is a moving song about what it’s like waiting for one’s lover to show up. The singer is impatiently waiting for her man to drive up to her house. He’s three hours late. Has he been hurt? Has he met someone else? She expresses all these feelings and while lamenting about how love’s initial delight — the laughter, the spark, the sweetness — can turn suddenly into doubt and despair.

Here are the lyrics to “Car on a Hill.”

I’ve been sitting up waiting for my sugar to show
I’ve been listening to the sirens and the radio
(Listening to the sirens and the radio)
He said he’d be over three hours ago
I’ve been waitin’ for his car on the hill
(Waitin’ for his car on the hill)

He makes friends easy
He’s not like me
I watch for judgment anxiously
Now where in the city can that boy be?
Waitin’ for a car
Climbin’, climbin’
Climbin’ the hill

He’s a real good talker
I think he’s a friend
Fast tires come screaming around the bend
(Fast tires come screaming around the bend)
But there’s still no buzzer
They roll on
And I’m waitin’ for his car on the hill
(Waitin’ for a car on the hill)

It always seems so righteous at the start
When there’s so much laughter
When there’s so much spark
When there’s so much sweetness in the dark
Waitin’ for a car
Climbin’, climbin’
Climbin’ the hill

9 thoughts on “Song Lyric Sunday — Behind the Wheel

    • Fandango July 25, 2021 / 8:54 am

      Thanks, Christine.


  1. newepicauthor July 25, 2021 / 7:15 am

    Nice choice Fandango and you can never go wrong with Joni Mitchell. There is some real nice piano in this song and I find it very relatable knowing how anxious I get when I am waiting for my lover to show up, but for some unknown reason she never stops by.

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  2. aisasami August 1, 2021 / 7:49 am

    Congrats to Joni Mitchell for getting a Kennedy Center Honor this year. I remember this song, but that incredible sax solo! I love that solo!

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