Both Sides Now

by Joni Mitchell

Duration:
5:45
Released:
May 01, 1969
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Lyrics for Both Sides Now by Joni Mitchell:

Intro

Verse 1
Rows and floes of angel hair
And ice cream castles in the air
And feather canyons everywhere
I've looked at clouds that way

Verse 2
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

Refrain 1
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

Verse 3
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

Verse 4
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

Refrain 2
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

Verse 5
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

Verse 6
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

Refrain 3
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

Refrain 4
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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Song Facts

Canadian Joni Mitchell. one of the great female song writers of the 20th century has written many personal songs, not the least this one, did not release it until 1969 in the album Clouds – the name of the main object of this song.

The song was recorded by fellow singer Judy Collins, where the lyrics could have easily describe her life experience, as described by Crosby, Stills and Nash’s Suite: Judy Blue Eyes, issued it as a single (reached No. 8 in the charts) and won her a Grammy Award in 1968.

Versions have also been recorded by Willie Nelson and Dolly Parton.

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