Both Sides, Rich Paschall
Rows and floes of angel hair
And ice cream castles in the air
And feather canyons everywhere
I’ve looked at clouds that way
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
Judy Collins was the first to release the Joni Mitchell composition”Both Sides, Now” in 1967. The following year it was released as a single, climbed the charts and won a Grammy Award for Best Folk Performance. It is a staple of Collins performances to this day.
In 1969 Joni Mitchell included the song on her album Clouds. It has since been recorded by a long list of big name artists. In 2000, Mitchell released a new recording with an orchestral arrangement. In 2004, Rolling Stone magazine named “Both Sides, Now” one of the top 500 Greatest Songs of all time.
The 1960’s era Collins record was a bit faster paced and more of a “pop tune” than the folksy performance shown above with the Boston Pops. It has been reported that Mitchell disliked the popular Collins hit single.
But now old friends they’re acting strange
They shake their heads, they say I’ve changed
Well something’s lost, but something’s gained
In living every day.
“Both Sides, Now” by Joni Mitchell © 1967 Gandalf Publishing Co.