August 5, 2014

Contemporary American Classics: Both Sides Now

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 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

Oh 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 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

I've looked at life from both sides now
From up and down and still somehow
It's life's illusions I recall
I really don't know life at all

But Joni Mitchell and you can come to know clouds better by becoming a card-carrying member of The Cloud Appreciation Society | Uniting cloud lovers around the world

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Read our manifesto:

WE BELIEVE that clouds are unjustly maligned
and that life would be immeasurably poorer without them.

We think that they are Nature’s poetry,
and the most egalitarian of her displays, since
everyone can have a fantastic view of them.

We pledge to fight ‘blue-sky thinking’ wherever we find it.
Life would be dull if we had to look up at
cloudless monotony day after day.

We seek to remind people that clouds are expressions of the
atmosphere’s moods, and can be read like those of
a person’s countenance.

Clouds are so commonplace that their beauty is often overlooked.

They are for dreamers and their contemplation benefits the soul.

Indeed, all who consider the shapes they see in them will save
on psychoanalysis bills.

And so we say to all who’ll listen:

Look up, marvel at the ephemeral beauty, and live life with your head in the clouds!

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Posted by gerardvanderleun at August 5, 2014 2:20 PM
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I love clouds. I detest those who choose to alter and seed them with toxic nano-particlulates thru GEOENGINEERING. Rain clouds that produce no rain. I'm sure the West Coast appreciates their dry spell...and the forests that burn. Just sayin'.

Posted by: JoeDaddy at August 5, 2014 5:23 PM

Joni Mitchell is okay but, I prefer Judy Collins' rendition. Just cause I heard it first.

Posted by: ignore amos at August 5, 2014 8:44 PM

My uncle Letsgo Lozko had a cassette version of Perry Como doing this song.
He raised bantam chickens and the music helped them lay.

Posted by: chasmatic at August 6, 2014 11:04 AM

http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=tKQSlH-LLTQ

Posted by: dan at August 8, 2014 9:52 AM
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