Little Green (song)

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"Little Green"
Song by Joni Mitchell from the album Blue
Released 1971
Genre Folk Rock
Length 3:25
Label Reprise
Writer Joni Mitchell
Producer Joni Mitchell
Blue track listing
"My Old Man"
"Little Green"

"Little Green" is a song composed and performed by Joni Mitchell. It is the third track on her 1971 album Blue.


Mitchell wrote Little Green in 1967 about the daughter she had given up for adoption in 1965, when she was a poor folk singer in Toronto. The existence of her daughter was not publicly known until 1993, when a room-mate from Mitchell's art-school days in the 1960s sold the story of the adoption to a tabloid magazine.[1][2] Mitchell commented on the situation in an interview quoted in a 1998 article:

"I was dirt poor. An unhappy mother does not raise a happy child. It was difficult parting with the child, but I had to let her go." [3]


The guitar tuning Mitchell uses on the song is Open G (low-to-high: D G D G B D).[citation needed]


Mitchell was reunited with her daughter, Kilauren Gibb, in 1997. [4]


  1. ^ Higgins, Bill (April 8, 1997). "Both sides at last". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved November 27, 2011. 
  2. ^ Pertman, Adam (March 16, 2011). Adoption Nation: How the Adoption Revolution is Transforming Our Families -- and America. Harvard Common Press. pp. 289–. ISBN 978-1-55832-716-0. Retrieved November 27, 2011. 
  3. ^ Posner, Michael (April 11, 1998). "Little Green a Little Blue". Toronto Globe and Mail. Retrieved November 27, 2011. 
  4. ^ Purvis, Andrew (June 24, 2001), "Joni, No Longer Blue", Time Magazine .

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