It's a regular Joni Mitchell blues - she's strumming along on her acoustic guitar, singing in that silky voice she has. Actually, she's really a talker, but she manages to talk melodically, so it's as direct as plain speech but still has musicality about it.
She mixes a bit of melancholy with scepticism in the song. At one point the lyric goes 'When I get back to town / We're gonna have to hold ourselves a peace-talk / In some neutral cafe.' I like that vocabulary of diplomacy. She jokes that he should tell those girls he's got German measles to put them off, but through the humour you sense the insecurity.
Joni Mitchell's a great inspiration to me as a singer / songwriter. It's nice to know that even one of the greats can be stuck in a blue motel room somewhere, feeling the same things as the rest of us.
'Blue Motel Room' is on the Joni Mitchell album Hejira (WEA)
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