06 March 2009

From Both Sides Now

Music is one of human's greatest gifts and Mr. B. wants to share one of his favorite songs tonight.

I was in grade school when I first heard a beautiful song on the radio and was so fascinated by the music that I hummed it to the girl sitting next to me in class and ask if she knows the title of the song. "I am not sure," she said. "From Both Sides Now or Both Sides Now." I didn't know the singer. I didn't even know what "feather canyon" was. I just knew it sang about clouds, about love and about life - things that I've never given much thought about as a 9-year-old kid. But the music was hauntingly beautiful. I had to wait for it to be played again on the radio.

In 2000, the same singer did a remake of that same song and tonight, coming home from work in a cab, I listened to the original recording again and again and yet again in my iPod. How time flies. How things changed. How true were the lyrics. Listening to it as a child then and as an adult now. After all these years, I may have seen different sides of people, places and events, but I never really know clouds, or love, or life, at all. I felt a lump in my throat.

God bless your beautiful soul, Ms. Joni Mitchell.

Both Sides Now
by Joni Mitchell

Rows 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 ev'ry 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
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

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