Oh Mama - plus!

The Three Madonnas (Judy and Joni and Joan)

05:00
Kristin Lems
2005-01-19
words and music by Kristin Lems c 2005

Story

You know who I'm talking about, don't you? My fantasy is to sing this in Central Park, as the warmup act for Judy Collins, Joni Mitchell, and Joan Baez, appearing together for the first time. Truly, each one of them means so much to me, and had such an incredible influence on me as a performer -- bouquets to them all!

Lyrics

The Three Madonnas – Judy and Joni and Joan

Words and music by Kristin Lems © 2005, 2014

  1. I had three models when I was young

What a great crowd I traveled among!

It’s time that their influence on me was sung

Judy and Joni and Joan

  1. It was the best of times, the worst of times too

We all did the very best that we could do

But through tears and fears their voices rang through

Judy and Joni and Joan

chorus:

Both sides now, amazing grace

Chelsea morning shining on my face!

Diamonds and rust all over the place

Carry me home

  1. I found Joan first, met her through some friends

She wore no makeup and a peasant dress

With a voice of such worldly innocence

Judy and Joni and Joan

  1. When I came across Judy, she was sweet but strong

Looking deep with Judy blue eyes into what was wrong

And raising her voice in a tremulous song

Judy and Joni and Joan

Chorus

  1. Joni was a case unto her own self

Magic musings and tunings, an endless wealth

With her paintings, her poems, and her mysteries to delve

Judy and Joni and Joan

  1. We were folksingers all, the novice was me

I listened and learned from them faithfully

The three Madonnas were my Trinity

Judy and Joni and Joan

Chorus

  1. Joan sparked my desire to sing out for what’s right

Judy said, “A touch of elegance can bring delight,”

Joni winked and said, “Be yourself, it’s all right!”

Judy and Joni and Joan

  1. Three strong women, three lives so true

Three voices in the storm, three hearts true blue

Now I raise mine in thanks to the three of you

Judy and Joni and Joan.

Chorus

  1. I had three models when I was young

What a great crowd I traveled among

 It’s time their influence on me was sung

Judy and Joni and Joan...

Judy and Joni and Joan...

Chorus….Singing me home.

 

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