Two of the more interesting cuts, at least to me, are "Blonde in the Bleachers" and "Cold Blue Steel and Sweet Fire". The first one may very well be a message to Graham Nash about those "sweet mysteries" groupies offer but about my half way in it becomes a message to groupies about Graham Nash and all of the other rock n roll men:
You can't hold the hand Of a Rock'n'Roll man
Or count on your plans With a Rock'n'Roll man
Compete with the fans For your Rock'n'Roll man
For very long
And the astonishing lyrics of "Cold Blue Steel" relate an urban nightmare from the perspective of a junkie:
A wristwatch, a ring, a downstairs screamer
Edgy-black cracks of the sky "Pin-cushion-prick- Fix this poor bad dreamer!"
For The Roses isn't the first Joni Mitchell album you should buy, but you're missing out if you ignore it altogether.