From Both Sides Now


Written by:  Joni Mitchell

Arranged By:  Don Costa

Originally made famous by: Judy Collins

From the Album:  Complete Reprise Studio Recordings

Label:  Reprise Records

Recorded:  November 14, 1968



Bows 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.

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.

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,

But 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.

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, but 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