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I Could Drink A Case Of You…

…and still be on my feet.

After talking about the best breakup songs, I received some e-mails asking what songs I was hearing during my own personal break up.

Unfortunately, I made THE fatal mistake – which I don’t want you to do: I listened to all of the heart-wrenching break up songs that not only make you cry, but they kill from inside. I listened to them and wallowed in self-pity.

I wanted to feel bad.

Do yourself a favor and don’t listen to these songs.  (I won’t list them – you know which ones I mean).

But there was one particular song that I listened to over and over again. I somehow related to this song, because I really liked the lyrics. It seemed to express what I felt at that moment back then.

It’s not a typical break up song and it is definitely not mainstream. It felt very uplifting, so I’m sharing this with you.

The song is called “A Case of You”, by Joni Mitchell. I listened more to the Diana Krall version, which is completely different to Joni Mitchell’s. Joni’s version is definitely more uplifting and positive, and it fits better with the lyrics.

Read the great lyrics and listen to the music.

A case of you

Just before our love got lost you said
I am as constant as a northern star
And I said, constant in the darkness
Wheres that at?
If you want me Ill be in the bar

On the back of a cartoon coaster
In the blue TV screen light
I drew a map of Canada
Oh Canada
And your face sketched on it twice

Oh you are in my blood like holy wine
Oh and you taste so bitter but you taste so sweet
Oh I could drink a case of you
I could drink a case of you darling
And I would still be on my feet
Oh Id still be on my feet

Oh I am a lonely painter
I live in a box of paints
I’m frightened by the devil
And I’m drawn to those ones that ain’t afraid
I remember that time that you told me, you said
Love is touching souls
Surely you touched mine
Cause part of you pours out of me
In these lines from time to time

Oh you are in my blood like holy wine
And you taste so bitter but you taste so sweet
Oh I could drink a case of you
I could drink a case of you darling
Still Id be on my feet
And still be on my feet

I met a woman
She had a mouth like yours
She knew your life
She knew your devils and your deeds
And she said
Color go to him, stay with him if you can
Oh but be prepared to bleed
Oh but you are in my blood you’re my holy wine
Oh and you taste so bitter, bitter and so sweet
Oh I could drink a case of you darling
Still Id be on my feet
Id still be on my feet

Mmmmmmm

Here is the Diana Krall version, (be aware that it sounds very sad):

This is the Jon Mitchell version, much more positive:

Your friend,
Eddie Corbano

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6 Responses to I Could Drink A Case Of You…

  1. Cindy May 14, 2009 at 4:17 pm #

    Wow this is a sad song, I couldnt even finish reading the lyrics before I teared up!

  2. c p June 6, 2009 at 10:41 am #

    a lyrics correction;

    “with your face sketched on it twice”

    ” and she said, go to him, stay with him if you can ”
    (no ‘color’ )

    She wrote this about her break-up with Graham Nash.
    Joni’s version is the best version by far .

  3. danica April 7, 2010 at 2:14 pm #

    to all the girls who are broken hearted the song “i remember the boy” by Leah Salongga is a good song. . lyrics goes like this ‘”I REMEMBER THE BOY BUT I DON’T REMEMBER THE FEELING ANYMORE” check it out!

  4. MC August 27, 2010 at 9:02 pm #

    I am an artist myself and the verse about touching souls really hit me deep inside. I love the verse about “Love is touching souls and surley you touched mine cause part of you poyrs out of me in these lines from time to time.

    Joni has a very deep soul indeed!!

    • Eddie Corbano August 30, 2010 at 9:21 am #

      Yes, she is an all-round-artist, music, painting, poems…

  5. Revmdn September 20, 2010 at 3:33 am #

    Joni, is fantastic. So many great songs about the human condition.

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