"Both Sides Now" as written by and Joni Mitchell....
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
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 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 they're acting strange
They shake their heads, they say I've changed
Well somethings lost but somethings 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

Lyrics submitted by ButNeverOutgunned

"Both Sides Now" as written by Joni Mitchell

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    General CommentI love this song. Joni Mitchell wrote it, and I know another version by Moya Brennan and Paul Young. It's about the good and bad that comes with love and life, and I think how different events can affect people's hearts and attitudes. I love the cloud verse, very poetic! I prefer the Moya/Paul version really. It works better as a duet, but Hayley does it very well.
    monkfluenceon May 31, 2006   Link
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    General Commenti think this song represents a young person (or any person for that matter) who is learning the art of love and who has seen both sides of love and what effect love has on life.
    Opheliacon April 11, 2007   Link
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    General CommentHayley Westenra is one of my favourite artists and I prefer this version of this song. I, too, feel it is about looking at both sides of life. Its about experiencing the good and bad sides to things. "Clouds" stop you from doing things because they "rain and snow on everyone" as to like put hem down, stop them going out and doing things. When you first fall in love you see yourself in a fairytale like situation. However,
    "You leave 'em laughing when you go
    And if you care, don't let them know
    Don't give yourself away"
    When you get dumped or you break up, the other person is seen to be laughing in your face. And you have to pretend you dont care and this is what shes talking about. Not giving the other person the satisfaction of the doubt. I adore this song. Its all just summed up in the last 3 verses. Its awesome :)
    frannieannieon August 05, 2007   Link

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