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Joni Mitchell — Both Sides Now. 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 Edit Lyrics Edit Wiki Add Video.
Both Sides Now song Words to both sides now. Add Words to both sides now thoughts 71 Comments. General Comment To me, both sides now isn't so much a coming of age song. If it were, it would mean that the author's point of view evolved from one earlier naive state to a more enlightened state through experience.
I think both sides now is a song about illusion versus reality from the point of view of a dreamer. Even when experience teaches the true nature of something, the dreamer can continue to live with their illusions about life and love.
The dreamer seems doomed to repeat the same mistakes by choosing to sugar coat the true nature of life and love with their own romantic illusionment.
Even this has a duality: There was an error. I see this comment is from 7 years ago, but I'm compelled to add my two cents, as I am just discovering this song. I agree with your overall assessment of the song having to do with illusion versus reality. But I don't think it's as much of a choice as you make it out to be. I think this is best expressed in the line "something's lost, but something's gained in living every day. If anything, the illusion is what is lost It's an expression of yearning for the innocence lost, but with a tone of gratitude for having tasted the purity of illusions at all.
It's a song of realization. We are the dreamer. Hopeful and unrealistic and all. Flag Clarkosphere on January 13, Clouds are beautiful as well as gloomy. Relationships can go good or bad. Life is full of ups and downs. Growing up is not about embracing the negative side and that's certainly not what this song is about.
Its about both sides, not one or the other. And if you listen to the verses illustrating both sides of clouds, love, life the meaning of the song they all end with the refrain that she doesn't understand the duality between the ups and downs.
The idea that she is dreamer who is chosing illusion over reality is just trash talk and is insulting to Joni Mitchell and her listeners. She presents life as a mystery, which is the way it is. There will always be people who think that embracing one side which they describe as 'reality' is the path to living life successfully and although they may feel pruposeful and righteous in this claim and try to insist that other's follow them, they miss out on one side of life, but remain locked into their wisedom that is actually an illusion.
Joni Mitchell is far wiser and looks at both sides, and examines the human condition and responsds to it with the bittersweet meloncoly tone that rings through in her kind voice with an inspiring emotional wisdom. But some people watch to much TV and think this about a dreamer from the 's that hasn't grown up.
Flag doug on February 22, Its sad to see people who think that love and beauty don't exist, when its clear to other people that Words to both sides now do and that the people who don't think it exists maybe ought to do a little searching. But these people will always claim to be the 'grownups', put themselves in places of authority and try to force their 'wisdom' which is really a form of foolishness down other people's throats.
General Comment Joni is trying to say that she's learned there is no correct answer. Love, and Life are to big and meaningful to be summed up by anything. We'll never understand everything there is to know the things that
Words to both sides now us. You can be and idealist, or you can be a cynic, but you're silly if you think you understand it all. We're all going to live, and we're all going to love. It's going to feel wonderful, and it's going to hurt. But it's the human condition, afterall.
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General Comment To me, it's looking back at your life. From the way you looked at clouds as a
Words to both sides now, your first love, and finally you whole life. There are always new ways to see things, and no matter how many different ways your perception changes, you still lose and gain from the experience.
And sooner or later find you don't, and can't, have all the answers. General Comment i love the contrast between the upbeat lighter version written when she was younger and the recent version--slow, heavy, deeper, harder. General Comment I absolutely "Words to both sides now" this song.
To me, it's about how your perception changes, as life's realities shatter the optimistic illusions you have when you start out.
It's a lament to be sure, but the thing I love about it, is the conclusion of optimism - "and still somehow, it's life's illusions I recall".
It signifies that although you might be wiser and no longer deceived - seeing things as they truly are, it's actually the lovely illusion that sticks with you in your memory and your heart. Like the way you felt when you were a child and saw wonderful shapes in the clouds, or the dizzy feeling of falling in love.
General Comment Joni is a magician. What is true in small things, she finds parallels to bigger things. In "Big Yellow Taxi", she links the loss of the environment and pesticides Words to both sides now her personal loss of her boyfriend who's left in a big yellow taxi. Here, she draws a parallel between the innocence of youth in cloud-watching, the innocence of that first love, and draws it to her personal experience of life in totality: I agree with comments about the magic of her early version - still anxious and anticipating, cheery and upbeat - versus the absolutely powerful and amazing remastered version General Comment This song is deeper than most realize.
I think mickzzzzzz's post from 06 is closer than most. Words to both sides now touches on the fact that a major theme of the song is duality. The way that the song progresses from specific to general clouds - love - life is incredible and classic.
It's got metaphors interlocking on several narrative levels. This is reflected in the poetic structure as well, with extensive use of rhyme and parallel construction. Its balance of abstract imagery verses and narrative voice refrains is peerless. One theme no one else has mentioned is the theme of memory. Memory helps construct our perception, cognition, and consciousness: In the same sense that it is not possible to objectively "own" an object or person, perhaps it is also impossible to truly "know" anyone or anything.
So, in "recalling" clouds, love, or life, it is merely the memory we have -- an idea, an "illusion" really. Life is too complex to break down into simple, real bits. We live in a shadow world of memories and thoughts. The real only happens in the present.
General Comment This song means that there are certain things in life you can never learn about from a book or from other people, like this song suggests, life and love, you have to experience them, because they are different for every person. There is no right or wrong answer when it comes to these fragile subjects. General Comment This song is wondeful. It describes life's greatness and disappointments.
I think that it really tells us to look at things from both sides before you come to a conclusion, or that things which seem perfect at first may not be as glorious as they seem.
It's good to be naive though, even if the consequences are dire. General Comment What a beautiful song! In my opinion she is talking about how your view of things change after you experience things.
Before you Words to both sides now something you have an opinion and after your experience you find that it is something different. For example, when she speaks of love she hints at fairy tales as love is mostly expressed but no one tells you of heartache, insecurity, insane jealousy and rejection.
After which you don't know
Words to both sides now to long for love or to say love don't live here anymore! Log in now to add this track to your mixtape! We do not have any tags for Both Sides Now lyrics. Why not add your own?
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