I Look at Life on Both Sides Now

Both Sides Now

Rows and flows 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 they 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 that 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.

Oh but now old friends they’re 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
It’s life’s illusions I recall
I really don’t know life
I really don’t know life at all

My current mood nowadays – a perfect lullaby when all I want to do is curl up and forget about the world.

Oh, I think I got past the worst of the storm. It’s just that the call for solitude is louder than anything else life can offer at the moment. I need the quiet place inside me more and more. I crave it actually.

So I have to thank Joni Mitchell. Her songs keep me company on long weekends. It’s the only company I can tolerate.

PS I like this original version better. There’s this certain wistfulness in her voice. Maybe when I’m fifty I’d prefer the 2000 version.

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27 thoughts on “I Look at Life on Both Sides Now

  1. Sometimes we all need to draw back in and spend some exclusive ME time in order to come back fresher and ready to do battle with the world once again. Thank you for reminding me of this song…I was 8 years old when this version came out. You have brought some nostalgia back for me, so thank you! =) Much peace and happiness are being sent your way Mitch.

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  2. I can feel where you’re at with this post. When I feel I need to be alone, I need the opposite, but to be with a soulmate, and when I think I need to be with others, sometimes I’ve misjudged myself badly.

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