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Both Sides Now Lyrics

 

Both Sides Now Lyrics (Clouds) Sung by Joni Mitchell

Rows and flows of angel hair
And ice cream castles in the air
And feather canyons everywhere
Ive 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
Ive looked at clouds from both sides now
From up and down, and still somehow
Its cloud illusions I recall
I really dont know clouds at all

Moons and junes and ferris wheels
The dizzy dancing way you feel
As every fairy tale comes real
Ive looked at love that way

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

I’ve looked at love from both sides now
From give and take, and still somehow
Its loves illusions I recall
I really dont know love at all

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

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

Ive looked at life from both sides now
From win and lose and still somehow
Its life’s illusions I recall
I really dont know life at all
Ive looked at life from both sides now
From up and down, and still somehow
It’s lifes illusions I recall
I really dont know life at all

 

Enjoy This Video of Both Sides Now Lyrics Sung Live by Joni Mitchell

Facts About the Song Both Sides Now Lyrics and Album

Both Sides Now is a concept album by Joni Mitchell released in 2000. The album won two Grammy awards in 2001 for Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album and Best Instrumental Arrangement Accompanying Vocalist(s) for the song “Both Sides, Now”.

It traces the progress of the modern relationship through Mitchell’s orchestral renditions of classic jazz songs. Two of Mitchell’s own songs are also included, “A Case of You” (1971) and “Both Sides, Now” (1969). The orchestra was arranged and conducted by Vince Mendoza.

In the liner notes, co-producer Larry Klein describes the album as “a programmatic suite documenting a relationship from initial flirtation through optimistic consummation, metamorphosing into disillusionment, ironic despair, and finally resolving in the philosophical overview of acceptance and the probability of the cycle repeating itself”.

A limited run of copies were released on February 8, 2000, in special chocolate-box packaging for Valentine’s Day, including several lithographs of original Mitchell paintings. Many of these were returned to stores as the CD holder in the box would not reliably hold the disc and copies often arrived scratched. A regular jewel-case edition was released on March 20, 2000. Both Sides Now is also available on DVD-Audio. As of December 2007, the album has sold 323,000 copies in the United States.

On the concert tour tie-in to this album, Mitchell performed the songs in the same sequence, but opened with an overture, “Nuages” — the first movement from Nocturnes, an orchestral suite composed by French composer Claude Debussy. “Nuages” is the French word for “clouds”. While the music certainly sets a romantic mood, the usage of this piece can be seen as a clever pun, since Clouds is also the name of the album on which the song “Both Sides, Now” made its original appearance.

Both the album and the title song are featured in the film Love Actually (2003).

 
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