A Case of You
|"A Case of You"|
|Song by Joni Mitchell from the album Blue|
|Genre||Folk, folk rock|
|Blue track listing|
Writing and recording
Mitchell wrote "A Case of You" in or before 1970. She performed the song at the Amchitka Greenpeace benefit concert in October 1970. She recorded the song in 1971, and it was released on the 1971 album Blue with Mitchell playing Appalachian dulcimer, accompanied by James Taylor on acoustic guitar.
Mitchell's earliest public performances of "A Case of You" contain six lines that had changed by the time Blue was recorded. Some of these nautical-flavored lines are: "Just before our ship got lost"; "'You're silly as a northern fish,' says I"; and "I drew a map of Canada and charted our last squall." The line "I am as constant as a northern star" is an allusion to Caesar's "I am as constant as the Northern Star" from the Shakespeare play Julius Caesar.
Additional recordings and performances
She performed it regularly on her 1983 tour.
The original recording was included on Mitchell's compilation Misses (1996).
Awards and accolades
Prince has played the song throughout his career. He played it in 1983 during the First Avenue performance where the album versions of "Purple Rain" and several other tracks from the Purple Rain album were recorded. He recorded a version, retitled "A Case of U", for his 2002 album, One Nite Alone.... His rendition was also included in the 2007 tribute album A Tribute to Joni Mitchell.
"A Case of You" has also been performed by Allison Crowe, Brian Kennedy, k.d. lang, Lyn Paul, Caroline Lavelle, Kate Earl, Cristina Branco, Julia Murney, Javier, Philip Morrow, Dawn Langstroth (on Highwire), Nancy Wilson, James Blake, Aaron Tveit, Ann Hampton Callaway, Patricia Barber and Jonathan Groff, among others.
The song was both referenced and featured in a 1996 episode of the medical drama Chicago Hope, in which Dr. Diane Grad (Jayne Brook) mentions that Mitchell's Blue album was a personal favorite of hers while growing up, and that "A Case of You" was her favorite song on the album. Mitchell's recording of the song later played over the episode's closing credits.
In 2013 the song was featured in "In Dreams Begin Responsibilities", the fourth episode of NBC's Parenthood's fifth season. One of the main characters, Drew, is pursuing a girl who mentions she loves the song. Drew tries to learn as much about Joni Mitchell as he can, only to find out that the girl only knows "A Case Of You" because it was in a movie.
- Calderwood, Brent (2013). "Be prepared to bleed". In Lisa Sornberger and John Sornberger (Eds.), Gathered Light: The Poetry of Joni Mitchell's Songs, pp. 97–100. Toronto: Sumach Press. ISBN 9781927513125
- "Your Desert Island Discs results". Desert Island Discs. BBC. Retrieved November 15, 2011.
- L.V. Lopez (2011-02-13). "Frontier Archaeology: Grammys, FP Style « Frontier Psychiatrist". Frontpsych.com. Retrieved 2011-12-20.