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Counting Crows: Big Yellow Taxi Meaning

Song Released: 2003


Big Yellow Taxi Lyrics

They paved paradise and put up a parkin' lot

With a pink hotel, a boutique, and a swingin' hot spot

Don't it always seem to go

That you don't know what you got till it's gone

They paved paradise and put up a parkin' lot



They...

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    #1 top rated interpretation:
    anonymous
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    May 14th 2012 report

    Big Yellow Taxi is about how people take things for granted, and how you then miss them when they are gone. The song is about how people forget about the beauty of the environment and all it has to offer us by covering it in concrete and putting large un-necessary buildings on top. The song relates to how the environment is being exploited and wasted by people, and how people sacrifice the environment to make more money. It reminds us that we don’t recognise the importance of anything around us, like how we spray our already perfect food with poisons and chemicals just to make them appear more appetising.

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    anonymous
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    Feb 23rd 2012 report

    It's about finding out that you value something even more when it's gone because you didn't realize how much you needed it when you had it.

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    #3 top rated interpretation:
    anonymous
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    Feb 3rd 2011 report

    It's about the Earth and "Paradise" which is the wild. They paved it up made hotels and made you pay to see the littke left. You dont appreciate the Earth until its gone.

  4. anonymous
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    Oct 27th report

    This song “Big yellow taxi” includes many poetic devices. For example, Metaphors and emotive languages. The most metaphor that I thought was good is “They took all the trees and put 'em in a tree museum”. Next is a very important emotive part in this song, it is “that you don’t know what you got ‘til it’s gone”. This part tells the audience that you think everything is normal to have but if you lose it once you understand that this thing is a very important thing for you.

  5. anonymous
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    Aug 9th 2019 report

    It is about how we take life for granted and how the things we really care and value -we only miss them when we lose them... Its a sad reality and I think most people can relate to this...

  6. anonymous
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    Jul 26th 2012 report

    joni says dylan supplied her with the last verse, which I never knew. the actual 'paradise' was the legendary royal hawaiian hotel, which was demolished in 1968. i always loved the way she giggles at the end. there's a live version that's even better than the one on 'ladies of the canyon'. don't know which of her lovers it was written about -- graham nash, david geffen (yes, he was straight once)

  7. anonymous
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    Mar 14th 2010 report

    They paved paradise and put up a parkin' lot
    With a pink hotel, a boutique, and a swingin' hot spot
    Don't it always seem to go
    That you don't know what you got till it's gone
    They paved paradise and put up a parkin' lot

    They took all the trees, and put em in a tree museum
    And they charged the people a dollar and a half to see them
    No, no, no, don't it always seem to go
    That you don't know what you've got till it's gone
    They paved paradise, and put up a parkin' lot

    Hey farmer, farmer, put away your DDT
    I don't care about spots on my apples,
    Leave me the birds and the bees - please
    Don't it always seem to go
    That you don't know what you got till it's gone
    They paved paradise and put up a parking lot
    Hey now, they've paved paradise to put up a parking lot
    Why not?

    Listen, late last night, I heard the screen door swing,
    And a big yellow taxi took my girl away
    Now don't it always seem to go
    That you don't know what you got till it's gone
    They paved paradise and put up a parking lot
    Hey now now, don't it always seem to go
    That you don't know what you got till it's gone
    They paved paradise to put up a parking lot
    Why not, they paved paradise
    They put up a parking lot
    Hey hey hey, paved paradise and put up a parking lot

    I don't wanna give it
    Why you wanna give it
    Why you wanna givin it all away
    Hey, hey, hey
    Now you wanna give it
    I should wanna give it
    Cuz you're givin it all away, no no

    I don't wanna give it
    Why you wanna give it
    Why you wanna givin it all away
    Cuz you're givin it all givin it all away yeah yeah
    Cuz You're givin it all away hey, hey, hey

    Hey, paved paradise, to put up a parking lot
    la,la, la, la, la, la, la ,la ,la ,la ,la
    Paved paradise, and put up a parking lot



    basically what makes this song great is that it is about a break up and does not drone on about how sad the singer is. The point is easily understood that he didn't appreciate his girlfriend but he only sings 2 lines about her.

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