Serene Sunday: Both Sides Now

Judy Collins used this song as a cover for her album Both Sides when I was child.  I was intrigued by it because my idealistic young self understood only half the lyrics.  Listening to the song now as a somewhat cynical adult, I can fully comprehend the truth of the words, with a touch of wistfulness for the loss of youthful innocence.  But as she sings “but something’s lost and something’s gained in living every day.”  Being in a contemplative mood, my choice for today is Both Sides Now.

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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 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
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

8 thoughts on “Serene Sunday: Both Sides Now

  1. Oh, I have loved this song my whole life, and it is still one of my favourites! I also like Judy Collins’ version the best even though I am a big fan of Joni Mitchell. You are right that the lyrics become much more meaningful the older I became.

  2. Hi Judiang,
    What a lovely Sunday morning post! You’re “Serene series” posts are great pick me ups and always leave me smiling. Have a wonderful day, darling.
    Cheers! Grati ;->

  3. That is a beautiful and much-loved song. An era of exceptional women singers and song-writers – Judy and Joni, Joan Baez, Carol Kane…Thank for this Serene Sunday choice.

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