A Shrewdness of Apes

An Okie teacher banished to the Midwest. "Education is not the filling a bucket but the lighting of a fire."-- William Butler Yeats

Saturday, February 14, 2009

I've looked at love from both sides, now...

Happy Valentine's Day. Love touches us all, even the lack of it, or the lack of a fit of it, but love is therefore more of a treasure than ever. And if all you know about this song is the Judy Collins version with the harpsichord from hell, it's time to get yourself straight with Joni Mitchell. It's the best three and a half minutes you can spend today, of all days.

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
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




And yes, I was watching Love Actually. So?????

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2 Comments:

At 2/15/09, 11:48 AM, OpenID jd2718 said...

thank you

 
At 5/31/09, 9:29 AM, Blogger sky sailor said...

Joni hits the poetic mark about life's inevitable contrasts. Its ups and downs, its wins and losses. I believe she wrote this while riding on a jet liner and admiring the feather canyons out the window.
Thanks, you made my day with your posting.

 

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