Both Sides Now

A Ragtag Daily Prompt


Rows and flows of angel hair
And ice cream castles in the air
And feather canyons every where
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 ferries wheels
The dizzy dancing way that you feel
As every fairy tale comes real
I’ve looked at love that way

But now it’s just another show
And 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 that I recall
I really don’t know love
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

Oh, but now old friends they’re acting strange
And 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

It’s life’s illusions that I recall
I really don’t know life
I really don’t know life at all

Songwriters: Joni Mitchell

Both Sides, Now lyrics © Crazy Crow Music / Siquomb Music Publishing

This song harkens back to my childhood, a time of dreams and fairy tales. I was too young to completely grasp the lyrics, but I understood enough to know it was about disappointment. Life doesn’t always work out the way we expect.

We grow up and experience moments of great joy, deep despair and everything in between. We watch our lives unfold and hopefully grow a little wiser.

In time we let go of the naive, idyllic dreams of our childhood. We look back and recall life’s illusions and realize that we really don’t know life at all.

2 thoughts on “Both Sides Now

  1. I recall that song very well, such an “airy” eel to it. As teens we do have our illusions about changing the world and finding the good life, but reality hits home.

    Once in awhile I remember and contemplate the folly of another song from that era, where a fellow tells his girl, “You’re eighteen you can be my wife; you’ll be my motorcycle mama…

    He goes on to say, “in a year or two we’ll have a little one; she’ll look just like you. We’ll add a sidecar…”

    No diapers to deal with, no teething, wailing, fevers, no bathing the baby. Just a happy trio going down the highway. Dream on!

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