This track is taken from Easy Star All Stars – Radiodread which is a reggae tribute to Radiohead.[audio:http://highrize.wordpress.com/files/2007/11/06-karma-police-feat-citizen-cope.mp3]
This is a cover version of Joni Mitchell’s, “Free Man in Paris” that was originally released on her 1974 album Court and Spark.
This track can be found on a 2007 tribute to Joni Mitchell compilation. Stevens kept only the lyrics and let the words inspire him to write a new arrangement and melody for the song.
Stevens has stated that with his cover he “decided to conjure up a party song, with strings and trumpets and trombones and vibraphones marching in a parade down the Champs Elysees to the Arc de Triomphe, all lit up with fireworks.”[audio:http://highrize.wordpress.com/files/2007/11/sufjan-stevens-free-man-in-paris.mp3]