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Song Released: 1972


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    anonymous
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    Jul 3rd, 7:14am report


    The Bible reference is still apppropriate, because of the promised-land quality implied in the name of the town she lived in, and it's implied emotional beauty and impact on the writer of the song. There can be many layers of meaning and several symbolic references to a song. No one is an idiot.



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    anonymous
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    Jun 27th, 6:21am report


    Reading people’s song lyric interpretations on the internet is an easy to remind yourself that most people aren’t artist— and have no idea how the creative mind works.

    If Canaan, Connecticut, was her home, yes, a literal interpretation has plenty the recommended it. But that doesn’t mean it can’t ALSO be about something else, figuratively speaking. Canaan is, indeed, in the Bible— and no doubt that’s where the town got its name.

    Writers— and particularly poets— have their antennae tuned to language, history, metaphor and symbol. She may well have just liked the sound of her hometown’s name; she may also have been intrigued by the Biblical allusion and thought, “Gee, that’ll roll around in the listener’s mind, I like it...”

    Bottom line: songs and poems can and usually do “mean” more than one thing at the same time. And sometimes they mean practically nothing but simply sound good.

    Now stop your bickering, you simpleminded twits.



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    anonymous
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    May 1st, 5:10am report


    Having lived my childhood in Falls Village, (it's real name is Canaan though the town just north of it is usually referred to as such, it's real name being North Canaan) I can assure you the song is in reference to Canaan, CT. She in fact bought the home of my childhood friend's parents. Ironically the house is toward the top of "Music Mountain" on Music Mountain Road in Canaan CT. All very well known facts to the locals. People just love to make stuff up. Remember that the internet has few secrets. Silly notions that are nothing more than opinion are easily outed. I'm pretty sure you're gonna have a hard time finding rolling green hills and snow in the winter, curled up by a fire in biblical Canaan. It's being an arid desert and all.



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    anonymous
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    Feb 7th, 2020 2:05am report


    NOT because...
    “Jun 19th, 2018 6:46PM
    Canaan is the promised land as promised by God to Abraham. It was a large and prosperous ancient country (at times independent, at others a tributary to Egypt) located in present-day Lebanon, Syria, Jordan and Israel and was also known as Phoenicia.
    Carole King is Jewish and was speaking of the Jewish promised land and paradise.”

    YES because...
    “Oct 19th, 2018 10:49pm
    My understanding is that she had a house in Canaan, CT back in the early 1970’s when she wrote this song.”

    Do you need a fireplace to stay warm in winter in biblical Canaan?
    “Oh I want to be there in the wintertime
    With a fireplace burning to warm me
    And you to hold me when it's stormy”



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    anonymous
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    Jul 9th, 2019 7:29pm report


    It’s not of the Bible Canaan. It’s her home in Canaan Connecticut. Green Rolling Hills refers the the country side of Canaan Connecticut.-Canaan In Bible is a desert.



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    anonymous
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    Jun 4th, 2019 6:57pm report


    The person who referenced the biblical interpretation above is an idiot.



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    anonymous
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    Jan 8th, 2019 1:11pm report


    Indeed, she once lived in the beautiful northwest Connecticut town of Canaan.



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    anonymous
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    Oct 19th, 2018 10:49pm report


    My understanding is that she had a house in Canaan, CT back in the early 1970’s when she wrote this song.



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    anonymous
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    Jun 19th, 2018 6:46pm report


    Canaan is the promised land as promised by God to Abraham. It was a large and prosperous ancient country (at times independent, at others a tributary to Egypt) located in present-day Lebanon, Syria, Jordan and Israel and was also known as Phoenicia.
    Carole King is Jewish and was speaking of the Jewish promised land and paradise.



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    anonymous
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    Jun 22nd, 2017 6:02pm report


    This one's easy. She's singing about her home in Canaan, Connecticut.




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