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"Two Grey Rooms" is a 1991 song written and performed by the Canadian musician Joni Mitchell. The song is the last track on her 1991 album Night Ride Home.

Mitchell wrote a wordless vocal melody and instrumental accompaniment for the song in 1982 during the sessions for her album Wild Things Run Fast. She titled it "Speechless" as lyrical inspiration for the song escaped her until 1989, when she encountered the story of New German Cinema director Rainer Werner Fassbinder, who, amid the repression of Germany’s antigay Paragraph 175 laws, was left broken-hearted by a male lover in his youth.

In a 1996 interview with the Los Angeles Times, Mitchell says of the song:

It's a story of obsession ... about this German aristocrat who had a lover in his youth that he never got over. He later finds this man working on a dock and notices the path that the man takes every day to and from work. So the aristocrat gives up his fancy digs and moves to these two shabby gray rooms overlooking this street, just to watch this man walk to and from work. That's a song that shows my songs aren't all self-portraits.[1]

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Tomorrow is Sunday
Now there's only one day left to go
Till you walk by
Below my window
The weekends drive me mad
Holidays are oh too sad
'Cause you don't go
Below my window

No one knows I'm here
One day I just disappeared
And I took these two grey rooms up here
With a view
When you walk by
Below my window

You look so youthful
Time has been untruthful
Heaven knows I loved you
30 years ago
Hot days your shirt's undone
Rainy days you run
Oh and then you fade so fast
Below my window

No one knows I'm here
One day I just disappeared
And I took these two grey rooms up here
With a view
Only when you walk by
Below my window
When you walk by

Below my window
Below my window
Hey hey
Below my window
Below my window
Below my window

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from Kiki Ebsen Cool Songs, Vol. 2 - The Music of Joni Mitchell, track releases August 27, 2017
Kiki Ebsen - piano and vocal

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Kiki Ebsen Los Angeles, California

Kiki Ebsen is an accomplished singer and songwriter, known for backing up Grammy winning artists such as Christopher Cross, Al Jarreau, Boz Scaggs, Tracy Chapman and many more. She has released six solo records. Her latest, Cool Songs Vol 2, , in inspired by singer singer songwriter Joni Mitchell. These are just a few of the songs that she performs with her own Joni Mitchell Project band. ... more

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