Nov 14

I’ve looked at life from both sides now…

Canadian artist, singer and songwriter Joni Mitchell has had a prolific career in the world of music. I first introduced readers of this blog to her music in this article about poetry, and here in a post about another of her tunes. She’s written many songs about life and love, but one of her most popular songs was written when she was only 21 years old. At that young age she was clearly wise beyond her years. The song, Both Sides Now, has been covered by Andy Williams, Bing Crosby, Frank Sinatra, Judy Collins, Dave Van Ronk, Fairport Convention, Glen Campbell, Willie Nelson, Dolly Parton, and many, many others.

Both Sides Now
by Joni Mitchell

Rows and floes of angel hair
And ice cream castles in the air
And feather canyons everywhere
I’ve looked at clouds that way

But now they only block the sun
They rain and snow on everyone
So many things I would have done
But clouds got in my way

I’ve looked at clouds from both sides now
From up and down, and still somehow
It’s cloud illusions I recall
I really don’t know clouds at all

Moons and Junes and Ferris wheels
The dizzy dancing way you feel
As every fairy tale comes real
I’ve looked at love that way

But now it’s just another show
You leave ’em laughing when you go
And if you care, don’t let them know
Don’t give yourself away

I’ve looked at love from both sides now
From give and take, and still somehow
It’s love’s illusions I recall
I really don’t know love at all

Tears and fears and feeling proud
To say “I love you” right out loud
Dreams and schemes and circus crowds
I’ve looked at life that way

But now old friends are acting strange
They shake their heads, they say I’ve changed
Well something’s lost, but something’s gained
In living every day

I’ve looked at life from both sides now
From win and lose and still somehow
It’s life’s illusions I recall
I really don’t know life at all

I’ve looked at life from both sides now
From up and down and still somehow
It’s life’s illusions I recall
I really don’t know life at all

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