Monday, March 31, 2008

Both Sides Now

My parents have been trying to learn Both Sides now together - my dad on the guitar and my mom singing.

Both Sides Now was originally written and performed by Joni Mitchell, but several artists since then have done covers of it. I bought Hayley Westenra's version online a couple months ago, and showed it to my parents, which inspired my dad to learn it on guitar.

It's really a beautiful song. Here are the lyrics, and Hayley Westenra's lovely video. Listen to Joni Mitchell's version, too, if you can.

Bows and floes of angel hair
And ice cream castles in the air
And feather canyons evrywhere
Ive looked at clouds that way

But now they only block the sun
They rain and snow on evryone
So many things I would have done
But clouds got in my way
Ive looked at clouds from both sides now
From up and down, and still somehow
Its 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
Ive 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
Dont give yourself away

Ive 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
Ive 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 ev'ry 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 feel like some spell is broken every time the song ends...

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