Carey by Joni Mitchell (cover)

Carey by Joni Mitchell (cover)
February 2024

In 1969 Joni lived briefly in a Mediterranean beach side, hippy commune in Crete (Greece) sleeping inside manmade Neolithic caves carved into the sandstone cliff.
The Caves of Matala were a popular hippy attraction.
Carey was a real person, Carey Raditz, who Joni had a holiday romance with Joni.
Joni tells the story of their meeting thus…
'The next night, Penelope and I went to the Mermaid Café for a drink with Cary. Several hippies were there along with some soldiers. Someone recommended this clear Turkish liquor called raki. I wasn’t a big drinker, and after three glasses I woke up the next morning alone in Cary’s cave.

The Mermaid Café was a real place and a watering hole for all the hedonistic, bohemian types in Matala.
I guess you can have too much of a good thing and Joni moved on to Athens, and then home to record the iconic ‘Blue’ Album.
'My fingernails are filthy, I got beach tar on my feet. And I miss my clean white linen and my fancy French cologne