Boyle, Susan - Both Sides, Now Lyrics




Castles in the air and feathered 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 clouds illusions I recall
I really don't know clouds at all

Moons and junes and ferris wheels
The dizzy dancing way you feel
As every 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
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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  1. RedRedMane

    These kinds of songs resonate deeply within me. And the older you get, the more sad and profound these songs become. It's so painful.

  2. Mighty Kasey

    I'm a punk rocker.... and she blows me away doing this song. She's a gift.

  3. Drew Shourd

    Susan is a huge talent, that was obvious from the start
    ...and this version did not disapoint me...three thumbs up...(I borrowed one...)

  4. MsMsmak

    Unbelievable. How this woman can sing!

  5. Anthony Mitchell

    I love this lady vocals ride along with that beautiful piano nice

  6. Rene Lastra

    Despite the awesome beauty of this songs rendition its also very sad and it leaves a lasting melancholy mood even after you've listened to the song. This interpretation leaves a sense of harsh sacrifices a person made in Life for a good purpose; but took its toll in the end.

  7. Shell wa

    Beautiful, experienced life, it's ups and downs x

  8. Blevins Chuck

    The only one I've ever seen that left Simon speechless.

  9. countess erzabeth

    wow!.bravo

  10. ChrischrosBelgium

    Susan a magnificent singer...yet the version of Joni Mitchell, sang in 2000, was beyond compare. I know there is no real need to compare...Susan sang it very well too... But Joni Mitchell's version is from paradise. Look it up...

  11. Amarildo Alencar

    Sempre gostei muito dessa música, mas depois dessa interpretação perfeita, fiquei apaixonado! Susan, você é fantástica!

  12. Amarildo Alencar

    I always liked this song very much, but after this perfect performance, I was in love! Susan, you're fantastic!

  13. Shin-i-chi Kozima

    There was something deep within me long ago .
    As I grew older , it was lost .
    I can not even cry .
    That lightning dream will never come back again .
    This song was my youth itself .


    I want to end my last life while taking a cherry blizzard under the cherry blossoms in full bloom .


    From Tokyo in Japan .
    Which national are you watching this video ?

  14. Kristopher Wilhite

    She skips a verse. Not good! Two versus only...that's not fair to the listener!

  15. GiggsXO

    Lovely, wonderful lady that is Susan Boyle.

  16. vuong nguyen duc

    Beautiful voice
    Thanks

  17. Anne Washington

    I really desire to hug this sweet woman

  18. Dove 451

    Amazing Susan!!!

  19. Michael Von Gerard

    You.ve got to be good to sing this one,and Susan does it in spades. Wow.

  20. hdfkdsjfl

    wow she is truly incredible. this cover is amazing.

  21. Alicia Ello

    so heartfelt beautiful song...💕

  22. Joe Billielo

    I hope Susan is doing well.

  23. Z Fong

    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's illusions I recall
    I really don't know clouds at all
    Moons and Junes and ferries wheels
    The dizzy dancing way you feel
    As every 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 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.
    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

  24. Lady Lulu

    OMW... Haven't really listened to Susan Boyle before... All I can say is that I experience her voice (in this song) as emotion expressed masterfully & beautifully. So raw. For me this is rare nowadays.

  25. theathanor

    My favourite version of a beautiful song.

  26. Rnl Acy

    Beautiful, touching rendition. Thanks

  27. jesse sheri

    I have always loved this song
    but Susan Boyle version has made me want to listen to this practically daily. ...
    sings it with such passion & emotion..
    I hear every note crystal clear. .
    love it

  28. Erectile Dysfunction

    I havent listened to this in years. And it beings back the tears all the same :(

  29. jesse sheri

    I just cant stop listening to this song..
    susan sings it with such clarity. .
    I can hear every word..

  30. jesse sheri

    wow I never ever thought I'd love this song sang by another. .
    the simplicity of just the piano I love it.. & wow what a voice..!!
    did this song better than proud...
    I felt every note..
    & could hear the words nice & clear..
    I will now be buying this track lol
    amazing

    MsAppassionata

    jesse sheri Paul Young and Clannad also do a very nice version of this song. The harmonic blend of their voices is heavenly. You might want to check that one out too.

  31. Daniel Takacs

    There's no denying how awesome her voice really is - so glad she's made her mark in this world.

  32. alison mapp

    Takes a nice voice to sing this beautiful song. This is only the second version I’ve heard.

  33. ruth lerner

    Should I hang up

  34. FRANS JANSEN

    ze zingt als een engel en voor mij is ze dat ook ik wens haar alleen alle geluk.
    en dat ze nog heel voor ons zal zingen.best of luck

  35. BadMallardCreations

    Susan nailed it

  36. Chip Gibbons

    Susan's cover and the one by The Tallest Man on Earth are my two favorites. They both pay great respect to Joni's beautiful, classic song.

  37. Lisa Davies

    I listened to all three to refresh my memory Joni Mitchell's and Judy Collins' versions, but this one brought tears to my eyes.

    MsAppassionata

    Lisa Davies Check out the Paul Young/Clannad version. It’s a keeper.

  38. Harrison Miller

    She sings the feeling behind the song perfectly.

  39. Melanie Monk

    OMG she's magnificent her voice

  40. George Copen

    There are many ways to sing a song. The tempo/ the clarity of voice/ the range and of course the soul. Neil Diamond captures the soul. Susan's is truly beautiful.

  41. Brian Morgan

    How can anyone murder such a beautiful song. Shocking....she should ask Mary Hopkin for a lesson on how to sing it!

  42. Will Lin

    Beautiful voice

  43. Happy Gay Conservative

    Very, very heartfelt version!

    Bravo!

  44. hihomord

    Cracking version!

  45. Basketkase81

    She makes my wiener soft.

  46. john316fun

    Great rendition of this song. I love all the remakes of this song, as well as the original. Joni gets top honors for writing it! Judy for making it famous, but this version, Glen Campbell's, Roger Whitaker's are all great. A great song, and there's no point in arguing over who sings it best.

    MsAppassionata

    john316fun Listen to Paul Young and Clannad’s version.

  47. takoma5

    Excellent version by Susan :)

  48. Jose Baez

    sublime

  49. Verna Lang

    It was pretty, but she left a whole verse out.

  50. Nagy Sandor

    too slow

  51. Nikos Blaxabas

    beautiful

  52. daniel sloan

    WOW ! Susan great job. STILL ONE OF MT FAVORITE SONGS OF ALL TIME. and there have been a few versions of this song, but you nailed it ! Paul Young & Clannad version for the movie Switch and Joni Mitchell in 1969 the original righter and singer of this great song.

  53. Arthur Bosch

    A beautiful rendition.

  54. Tasty Bytes Pinoy Classic pizza

    im just 24 but I enjoyed it so much I love Susan from the start until now. one of the most blessed voice in world

  55. Lewis Keyes

    Personally I don't like the arrangement- but her voice is very very good.
    Actually reminded me of a young Steisand at one point. What is great about her version is that she sings it differently from
    anyone else I have heard.

  56. o4ilator

    BOTH SIDES NOW
    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 wayBut now they only block the sun
    They rain and snow on everyone
    So many things I would have done
    But clouds got in my wayI've looked at clouds from both sides now
    From up and down and still somehow
    It's cloud's illusions I recall
    I really don't know clouds at allMoons and Junes and ferries wheels
    The dizzy dancing way you feel
    As every 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…

  57. Ken OKeefe

    Wow!!!  Very well done!

  58. JJ Cevering

    Susan's voice sends chills, Everytime I hear her.

  59. Bunny Mad

    Really lovely for her voice. Love the tempo.

  60. Gillian Baxter

    That was so beautiful and she meant that because she did not know life at all until someone heard her voice. She is a beautiful woman with a good heart.

  61. tom taylor

    a God giving talent wow what a voice

  62. Luna Aspie

    Absolutely beautiful

  63. Brian Morris

    beautiful thanks

  64. Katherine W

    She was 42 during her audition.

  65. Katherine W

    I have watched her in her audition...she is a great woman.

  66. Richard Morton

    Joni Mitchell.. wrote it, did a slow version did a slow version of it too! .

  67. James Allen

    There reaches a stage where degrees of beauty don't seem that important to measure and so it seemed for me with Judy Collins and Susan Boyle.  On my desk the only CD, "I Dreamed a Dream", followed by a flood of tears for each but for different reasons.

  68. joeyandmaggie

    No doubt about it a unbelievable voice !

  69. Gordon Heady

    God is real

  70. Michael OCallaghan

    Best rendition of this song from an amazing singer.

  71. Terry Williams

    simply amazing.

  72. HT TH

    Paul young and clannad --- THE BEST VERSION

  73. B Saunders

    My mum used to get us in her choir to sing this in the 70s. I hear it in my head very often now she has gone, and have just discovered this version. It has all the heart of the original. It is so utterly moving and reminds me of her. This will be my funeral song one day.

  74. horavali

    Never expected that... I knew she could sing, but this is absolutely wonderful! Love it, thank you.

  75. Evin Rude

    Absolutely charming.

  76. Roshiel Tubig

    beautiful song

  77. Regino Gonzales

    Susan Boyle is simply the best.

  78. Alain Verreault

    WOW until a few moments ago, I thought Judy Collins's was my favorite rendition, but this one is just great and touching...

    Kimberlee Esmeralda

    Judy recorded first, then Joni :)

    Rebecca Behrman

    +Kimberlee Esmeralda Joni wrote it though.

    MsAppassionata

    Alain Verreault Check out the version by Paul Young and Clannad. It’s a great one too.

  79. tricky dick

    I didn't expect this from her. Not as good as Neil Diamond's but comes a good second. I wonder though if the too slow treatment rhymes with the lyrics.

  80. Ricardo Carrilho

    I prefer the original from Joni Mitchell

    TheMPC1971

    I think each artists version is beautiful.

    Rebecca Behrman

    Me too.

    André Bissonnette

    I do so agree.
    Nothing about Suzan....she does a very great interpretation of this masterpiece about life and dreams....But Joni was the song writer, composer.....There was no 2 Joni Mitchell, There is still no 2 Joni Mitchell.

    jen brodie

    Killing me softly

    Graham Phillips

    I prefer the Judy Collins version myself

  81. spita70

    Although I wish she hadn't omitted the one stanza, the feeling in her rendition truly gets to me.   Absolutely beautiful and heart-wrenching at the same time.    What an amazing singer.

    Eliezer Pennywhistler

    +spita70 Well, that stanza was about being a performer and becoming famous ... which is a little off-topic to the song's "point".

    Nur Alima

    Not true Eliezer, the stanza is about falling in love.

    Eliezer Pennywhistler

    No. She sings "Tears and fears and feeling proud / To say "I love you" right out loud". She skipped "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". SHOW BIZ.

    Nur Alima

    While I appreciate your interpretation about the second verse being about show biz Eliezer, I respectfully disagree. Of course, this is art so your interpretation is as relevant as mine is, however I would like to explain why I think the second verse is about love and not show biz. The quotation, "Tears and fears and feeling proud/ To say I love you right out loud" is sung at the beginning of the third/last verse just before she sings "...circus crowds/ I've looked at LIFE that way", so when she mentions love in the third verse she is tying it into what life about.
    The second stanza which has been omitted in the Susan Boyle version as you know begins with, "Moons and Junes and ferris wheels/ The dizzy dancing way you feel / As every fairy tale comes real / I looked at love that way." None of that points to show biz and it is all about the feelings one feels when they fall in love and having it be "fairy tale" like. The stanza that makes you think this second verse is about showbiz is the word, "show". Lets look at this stanza: Now, remember that this is the second stanza from the second verse and the first stanza just ended by talking about the way love feels. She starts the stanza by singing, "But now it's just another show", I don't interpret this to be about show biz at all. With the word "show" she is talking about a love relationship and the word "show" she is using a metaphor to express that the relationship and the way she feels about her romantic interest has changed because she feels she is no longer in love and does not want to "act/pretend" (i.e., put on a "show") like she is anymore. This leads to the phrase, "You leave them laughing when you go", which means she doesn't want to hurt her love interest and wants to leave them in a positive state as opposed to negative. Then she sings in that verse, "And if you care, don't let them know" (she wants hide her lingering feelings of love that she may have)/ Don't give yourself away (she wants to protect herself by not revealing herself too much).
    I will end here. By all means your interpretation is valid Eliezer, I just think differently. Best wishes!

  82. tryarunm

    Brilliant! Susan Boyle, considering all you have been through, this is obviously from the bottom of your heart.

  83. Hjvlogs

    None of you have listened to Paul young and clannad then?? For me, nothing compares.

    jesse sheri

    I listened to your recommendation. .
    never knew paul young did this version
    you are right. .
    plus there is another verse I realise should have been in it..

    many thanks
    ive now added your version as my favourite even more than susans

    MsAppassionata

    GemJo 100 I couldn’t agree more. 👍🏾

  84. Jaap van den Helm

    Very nice.

  85. HelpingU.info

    An Angel Voice

  86. Hein S

    Very Impressive!

  87. Wednesday Attoms

    LOVE!!!! What a gift!

  88. Timelessmusic Familymusic

    Beautiful song. You can tell she puts her heart & soul in every tone of her voice to make a top classical song to the best quality sound any one can appreciate. 😅💝💿

  89. martyn porteous

    Great song and song beautifully

  90. XDanW

    Is it just me or did she skip a verse?

    ironflowers

    Yep, she completely skipped the one about love ('moons and Junes and ferris wheels' etc)! Not sure why anyone would do that especially as it makes the song seem really short, but yeah...

    Eliezer Pennywhistler

    +XDanW That verse was mostly about being a performer and becoming famous ... which is a little off-topic to the song's point, as Ms. Boyle interprets it.

    Nur Alima

    Yes, she skipped the verse about falling in love.

  91. hugbras

    This is one of my favorite songs of all time and, of course, the original version is my favorite however, this Susan Boyle's version is so beautiful !!!  She's got such a beautiful voice!

  92. Pieter Celliers

    Many have tried. Many have failed, some have come close but none have done it quite like you. Truelly this is the one that touches the essence of being. Thanks Susan-

    Eliezer Pennywhistler

    +Pieter Celliers Who in your estimation has failed?

    jesse sheri

    totally agree

    Nim Boo

    Pieter Celliers

    LoL one could easily get you confused for that singer in the Cats from Holland.

    MsAppassionata

    Eliezer Pennywhistler That’s what I’d like to know.

  93. BYoungNZ

    She's really feeling what she's singing and between that and her gorgeous voice, this is my favorite version of this song.   Just beautiful!

    ChrischrosBelgium

    Susan a magnificent singer...yet the version of Joni Mitchell, sang in 2000, was beyond compare. I know there is no real need to compare...Susan sang it very well too... But Joni Mitchell's version is from paradise. Look it up...

  94. Cody Green's Mom's Broken Vibrator

    She's not one of the most famous people in the world for nothing.

  95. Benjamin Rodefer

    This does not in any way compare.  Nothing personal against Susan.  Joni wrote the song and sang it with the most depth and passion.  This version is thin, lacking any depth.

  96. minkamagalah

    Gorgeous.  I really 'got' the song in way I haven't before -- beautiful vulnerability in her singing.

  97. Annie Poonnen

    Well ever since Susa was discovered on stage as a grreaaat singer she has never ever looked back. She is the best.

  98. Tessie Mae

    I'm not being negative about the younger singers mentioned. Carly Rae, for example. I just don't think they have experienced enough of clouds, love, or life to sing this really meaningfully and fully.

    Richard Cole

    As I read this on February 20, 2017, I can't but wish you are still with us, but if not I wish you a peaceful transition to the other plane of our existence

    Pop Land

    Tessie Mae Joni wrote this meaningful song in her 20s so age might not matter

    yep

    Tessie Mae absoluteinfinitisimily right

    TRiG (Ireland)

    I've enjoyed many covers of this song by men and women, old and young. I think that Carly Rae's is the only one I strongly disliked: it had no discernible emotion of any kind.

    King David

    @Learning the Harp with Christy-Lyn! I'm not a troll. Yes, Joni was a special case. There are (were) a few great young artists, unfortunately only a few.

  99. LVM

    I think Judy Collins did the song with great polish and feeling - and exactly the right tempo. Probably the best. The song is so full of wistful regrets and loss of innocence that performing it must be like walking on emotional quicksand. You gotta roll.  She kept just the righty distance from it. Like the actor said, "The trick is not to cry outright - but to bear to holding back the tears - with dignity." For some reason, Joni Mitchell seems to have a shy streak at the core of her on-stage persona. And to my ear, that held her back and slowed her down too much  even though rendering her own act of creation. What Judy covered in 3 minutes nineteen seconds, Joni took 4 minutes and 20 seconds, not to overlook her short added chorus. Still, a discernible touch too slow. Boyle omitted one full stanza, as someone has alreadyt noted, and she still took  4 minutes and ten seconds.  Too drawn out and meditative, in my opinion. Interestingly Boyle demonstrates the strongest voice of all three. Perhaps her own instinctive grasp of that advantage worked against her. In any case the song is a real beauty. And Mitchell can consider it a privilege to have created it. And Collins can enjoy the privilege of doing it perfect justice.