Joni Mitchell: Both Sides Now

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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 snow on everyone
So many things I would have done
But clouds got in my way

CHORUS: 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 feal
When every fairy tale comes real
I've looked at love that way
But now it's just another show
You leave them laughing when you go
And if you care, don't let them know
Don't give yourself away

CHORUS: I've looked at love from both sides now From win and lose 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
Schemes and dreams 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

CHORUS: I've looked at life from both sides now From give and take and still somehow
It's life's illusions I recall
I really don't know life at all









songwriter: Joni Mitchell

performed by: Joni Mitchell

date released: first released in 1969 by Joni Mitchell and re-released in 2000

Roberta Joan Anderson, better known as Joni Mitchell, was born in Fort McLeod, Alberta in 1943. Her mother was a teacher and her father, an officer of the Royal Canadian Air Force. She was eleven when her family moved to Saskatchewan which Mitchell regards as her home province.

At the age of nine, Mitchell contracted polio, and in her long hours of convalescence, she developed an interest in singing. Her first remembrance of performing in public was singing Christmas carols very loudly in the hospital ward to irritate the boy beside her.

As a teenager, Mitchell taught herself to play the ukelele and the guitars. These skills led her to play in coffeehouses and other venues in Saskatoon, and eventually to busk in the big city of Toronto.

Joni Mitchell achieved mainstream success during the years of 1970-1974 with her release of songs such as 'Big Yellow Taxi' and 'The Circle Game'. From this early start in folk music, Mitchell went on to expand her talent into the genres of rock, jazz and the visual arts.

Most recently, jazz luminary, Herbie Hancock released a CD called, 'River: The Joni Letters' in tribute to Joni Mitchell.

Many platinum albums, awards and accolades later, Joni Mitchell was inducted into The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1997. In 2002, she received the prestigious Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award which celebrated her as "as one of the most important female recording artists of the rock era."

In Canada, Joni Mitchell was inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame in 1981 and received a star in Canada's Walk of Fame in 2001. Her greatest honour in the country of her birth was being appointed a Companion of the Order of Canada in 2002 which is Canada's highest civilian honour.












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 snow on everyone
So many things I would have done
But clouds got in my way

CHORUS: 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 feal
When every fairy tale comes real
I've looked at love that way
But now it's just another show
You leave them laughing when you go
And if you care, don't let them know
Don't give yourself away

CHORUS: I've looked at love from both sides now From win and lose 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
Schemes and dreams 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

CHORUS: I've looked at life from both sides now From give and take and still somehow
It's life's illusions I recall
I really don't know life at all









songwriter: Joni Mitchell

performed by: Joni Mitchell

date released: first released in 1969 by Joni Mitchell and re-released in 2000

Roberta Joan Anderson, better known as Joni Mitchell, was born in Fort McLeod, Alberta in 1943. Her mother was a teacher and her father, an officer of the Royal Canadian Air Force. She was eleven when her family moved to Saskatchewan which Mitchell regards as her home province.

At the age of nine, Mitchell contracted polio, and in her long hours of convalescence, she developed an interest in singing. Her first remembrance of performing in public was singing Christmas carols very loudly in the hospital ward to irritate the boy beside her.

As a teenager, Mitchell taught herself to play the ukelele and the guitars. These skills led her to play in coffeehouses and other venues in Saskatoon, and eventually to busk in the big city of Toronto.

Joni Mitchell achieved mainstream success during the years of 1970-1974 with her release of songs such as 'Big Yellow Taxi' and 'The Circle Game'. From this early start in folk music, Mitchell went on to expand her talent into the genres of rock, jazz and the visual arts.

Most recently, jazz luminary, Herbie Hancock released a CD called, 'River: The Joni Letters' in tribute to Joni Mitchell.

Many platinum albums, awards and accolades later, Joni Mitchell was inducted into The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1997. In 2002, she received the prestigious Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award which celebrated her as "as one of the most important female recording artists of the rock era."

In Canada, Joni Mitchell was inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame in 1981 and received a star in Canada's Walk of Fame in 2001. Her greatest honour in the country of her birth was being appointed a Companion of the Order of Canada in 2002 which is Canada's highest civilian honour.












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Quiz #: 2785
Joni Mitchell revisits her earlier work of Both Sides Now from a more mature perspective
Quiz by: Sharon Michiko Yoneda
High Intermediate

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