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"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. "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.
Critical acclaim[edit source]Edit
Artists who have recorded cover versions of the song include:
- Wynonna (on the 2000 album New Day Dawning)
- Mandy Moore (on her 2003 covers album Coverage)
- k.d. lang (on the 2007 tribute album A Tribute to Joni Mitchell)
- Katharine McPhee (on the iTunes deluxe edition of her 2010 album Unbroken)
Pop cultural references[edit source]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 PM Dawn.