Both Sides Now

Words & Music:

Joni Mitchell


C        F        C     F                  Em      Am     C

Bows and flows of angel hair and ice cream castles in the air

              F       Dm                 F                     G

And feathered 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 could have done; but clouds got in my way



     C         F           C          F          C      F         C         F

I've looked at clouds from both sides now.  From up and down, and still somehow

     Em        F       C                    F     C    Am   Gsus  G     C

It's clouds' 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 them laughing as 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

Something's lost and 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



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