Day 215: Sad Songs #SaySoMuch, Day IV / “Both Sides Now” – Joni Mitchell (2000)

Joni Mitchell included versions of this song on two different studio albums – Clouds, released in 1969, and Both Sides Now, released in 2000. I’ve chosen the latter, because of the way its slower, lusher arrangement and darker, more somber vocals underscore its lyrical themes of melancholy, nostalgia, realization, and regret.

“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
But 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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