"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, becoming Mitchell's only top 10 hit. It also hit number one on the easy listening chart.
The song is ranked #288 on Rolling Stone magazine's list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.
Artists who have recorded cover versions of the song include:
Artists who have played the song at live concerts include Nicola Kramer and Domu, Ryan Adams and Will Young.
Pop cultural references
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.