Sunday Night Poetry: Both Sides Now by Joni Mitchell

A few weekends ago, I was having the perfect, lazy Sunday. As I was driving home from somewhere, this song came on. I pulled in front of our house and just sat in the car to finish listening. And when I got inside I pulled our Joni vinyl out and played that song on repeat about 10 times.

Sometimes a song just perfectly matches your mood, and this was one of those instances. To make it even sweeter, the lyrics to this song are just beautiful and deep. Lyrics really make a song in my opinion (my hubby disagrees, he’s a total beat man).

Thanks Joni – this song has already stood the test of time, and will continue to for years to come. I’ll bet Lark is going to hear this song one lazy Sunday afternoon, 30 years in the future and love it just as much as I do.

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

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 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

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

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

By Joni Mitchell