Help Me (Joni Mitchell song)

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"Help Me"
Joni Mitchell Help Me cover.jpeg
Single by Joni Mitchell
from the album Court and Spark
B-side "Just Like This Train"
Released March 1974
Recorded 1973
Genre Folk jazz
Length 3:22
Label Asylum
Songwriter(s) Joni Mitchell
Producer(s) Joni Mitchell
Joni Mitchell singles chronology
"Raised On Robbery"
(1973)
"Help Me"
(1974)
"Free Man in Paris"
(1974)
"Raised On Robbery"
(1973)
"Help Me"
(1974)
"Free Man in Paris"
(1974)

"Help Me" is a love song written, produced, and performed by Joni Mitchell, from her 1974 album Court and Spark. The song was recorded with jazz band Tom Scott's L.A. Express as the backing band.[1] "Help Me" was Mitchell's biggest hit single: it peaked at #7 in June 1974 on the Billboard Hot 100, her only top 10 hit; it hit #1 on the easy listening chart.[2]


Critical reception[edit]

The song is ranked #288 on Rolling Stone magazine's list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.[3]

Covers[edit]

Artists who have recorded cover versions of the song include:

In popular culture[edit]

The Prince song "Ballad of Dorothy Parker" (from his 1987 album Sign o' the Times) mentions the song in the lyrics. A reference to "Help Me" - "Joni, help me; I think I'm falling" - can also be heard in "Looking Through Patient Eyes" by P.M. Dawn.

In the show South Park, the character Butters briefly sings this song in episode 2 of season 11, "Cartman Sucks". In the sixth season of TV series Shameless main character Frank Gallagher and his lover Queenie sing during breakfast the first half of the song.

Charts[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Help Me by Joni Mitchell Songfacts". Songfacts.com. Retrieved 2016-10-09. 
  2. ^ a b Whitburn, Joel (2002). Top Adult Contemporary: 1961-2001. Record Research. p. 172. 
  3. ^ "The RS 500 Greatest Songs of All Time". RollingStone.com. Retrieved 2008-09-16. 
  4. ^ Joel Whitburn's Top Pop Singles 1955-1990 - ISBN 0-89820-089-X
  5. ^ "Cash Box Top 100 6/15/74". Tropicalglen.com. 1974-06-15. Retrieved 2016-10-09. 
  6. ^ "Image : RPM Weekly - Library and Archives Canada". Bac-lac.gc.ca. Retrieved 2016-10-09. 
  7. ^ "Top 100 Hits of 1974/Top 100 Songs of 1974". Musicoutfitters.com. Retrieved 2016-10-09. 
  8. ^ "Cash Box YE Pop Singles - 1974". Tropicalglen.com. 1974-12-28. Retrieved 2016-10-09. 

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