Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Both sides now.


"Bows and flows of angel hair
And ice cream castles in the air
Feather canyons everywhere
I've looked at clouds that way.

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

Maybe it was the updated, pop version that caught my attention. Or the gentle lyrics tugging at my heartstrings.

While doing time edits (payroll) at the crafts store I work at, this song came on the overhead speakers and made me tear up a bit...


"Moons and Junes and Ferris wheels
The dizzy, dancing way you feel
When every fairy tale comes real
I've looked at love that way.

Now it's just another show
You leave 'em laughin' 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."

Do you ever feel there are times when life falls into place only for everything to not make sense? Logically you think you know, when in reality you haven't got a clue.

That's what this song reminds me of. The past. The future. And hoping to God I'm doing things right in the present.

"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 and something's gained
In living every day.

(I've looked at life from both sides now)
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...

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

I really don't know life at all."

3 comments:

Puzz TM said...

One of my favourite songs ever. I find it amazing how it means different things to people at different ages, and how easily one can see it in the way artists (of different ages) take on this song. Even Joni Mitchell changed dramatically the approach as years passed by.

As for me, I might find myself in that stage in life when I prefer the orchestrated version for her 2000 album "Both Sides Now"

I post a link for your readers to allow the terms of comparison
Joni Mitchell Tribute Concert, 2000

same lyrics, different meaning

Randuwa said...

This is a brilliant cover--just the perfect song for the perfect singer. She just performed here in DC this week.

Dean Grey said...

Puzz TM!

I really like the Joni Mitchell and Judi Collins versions of this song as well.

Thank you for the link! I cried while listening to the tribute concert rendition.

So very lovely!

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Randuwa!

I'm glad you like it, Randy!

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Thanks to both you gentlemen for sharing your thoughts here!

-Dean