A Case of You

I cannot listen to this song without being affected by it. I think of Nikita, who introduced me to it and the poetry of the line:
“Love is touching souls
Surely you touched mine
Cause part of you pours out of me”
That one line says more to me about love – old and new – than just about any other song I’ve listened to (that I can remember now). Romantic love, familial love and the love that friends share. We are not self-contained beings – the lines that separate us from others are blurred whenever we allow ourselves to love each other. That’s part of the reason why, when someone leaves, it hurts so much. We still hold a part of them, and they have a piece of us, and we’re just patching up the pieces.

The full song: A Case of You, by Joni Mitchell

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

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

Oh you’re in my blood like holy wine
You taste so bitter and so sweet
Oh I could drink a case of you darling
And I would still be on my feet
Oh I would 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’re in my blood like holy wine
You taste so bitter and so sweet
Oh I could drink a case of you darling
Still I’d be on my feet
I would 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
Go to him, stay with him if you can
But be prepared to bleed

Oh but you are in my blood you’re my holy wine
You’re so bitter, bitter and so sweet
Oh I could drink a case of you darling
Still I’d be on my feet
I would still be on my feet

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