Collins, Judy - Both Sides Now Lyrics

Bows and flows of angel hair
And ice cream 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 cloud's illusions I recall
I really don't know clouds at all

Moons and Junes and Ferris wheels
The dizzy dancing way you feel
When 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 win and lose 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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  1. Thomas Coyle

    This song was very popular in 1968 which was my first year in the USN during the Vietnam War. I remember driving from TI in San Francisco, Ca to Los Angeles for Thanksgiving that year and on the way a local dj played that song three times in a row as he said he just couldn't get enough of Judy Collins!

  2. Strong Delusion

    Too look at clouds from both sides, up and down? She's referring to her angelic view looking down from heaven on top of Gods Dome, and looking up from earth after she fell?

    This is a Flat Earth angelic song!

  3. Toxie Connor

    Did Collins get permission from Joni Mitchell when she recorded this song?

  4. denderaryuu99


  5. Desperately Safe

    This song at the end of Hereditary made the ending feel so empty,, like just hearing such a happy song knowing that something terrible had happened left such an empty feeling for me.

    Michael Quelet

    Same for me. Why did the director of Hereditary choose this song? It made me think Judy Collins was a witch talking about weird witchcraft stuff. It made me think the song was evil!

  6. Michael Rapoza

    I hear you I grew up in the 70s&80s would love to go back for a time also

  7. S M

    Just don't eat the cake, Charlie, and everything will be okay.

    Napoleon Solo

    Why didn't that kid have an epipen? Huge plot hole in an otherwise good movie.

    S M

    @Napoleon Solo It was all set-up by the cult. No matter what...she was doomed.

  8. Highinsight7

    WHAT a great timeless song... and what a beautiful voice...

  9. Thisara Gamalath

    Hereditary brought me here and now I fuken love this song😁

  10. Ben Morales-Correa

    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

    Judy sings "win and lose" instead of "give and take".

  11. Roman

    Hereditary is a sick movie written by a sick person for sick people. Shame on the owner of "Both sides now" for giving permission to use this lovely song in such a horrible way.


    boo hoo

  12. Maya Mahrer

    Judy was a year behind me at East High School in Denver. Lovely, lovely woman with a beautiful voice. Great to see she's still cooking. Marilyn VanDerber was a year ahead of me and she was Miss America. Not everybody can say they went to school with people who became famous!

  13. Lou Alcaraz

    Just recalling life's illusions.

  14. Luis Velito

    Mad men brought me here, again and again...

  15. Ricarkiller

    Haber puesto esta canción justo al acabar hereditary es sin duda una obra de arte de por sí, despues de esa tensión que se vivió al final de la película, de repente llega esta música melódica y tranquila, como diciendo, ya acabó todo, sublime.

  16. Alvarez Murillo

    This song could calm down even the craziest one ! Thanks Joni, Thanks Judy you've just saved my life. Thanks a lot

  17. Baby's in Black

    Sweet Judy Blue Eyes

  18. Laurie Price

    The only positive thing I can recall from Hereditary are the closing credits accompanied by this song.What a strange unsettling and ultimately unsatisfying experience that was but it was worth it on account of the resurrection of this forgotten masterpiece

  19. the return of the fossa

    toy story 4

  20. Squidward Tenticles Isthe Best


  21. Robert Mitchum

    It’s hard to believe this came out 52 years ago! And this wonderful song moves me today as much as it did in 1967 when I heard it for the first time as a 7 year old kid......

  22. arlichar11

    why did her and joi mitchell make same songs ?

  23. OndrakoTV


  24. StringBean

    YO, Toy Story 4

  25. Stephen Houghton

    This blows me away

  26. Terence Winters

    Women bring song to men in an effort to bridge the gap . The songs can be a reel a joy or melancholic . Ask Stephen

  27. Leonard Hughes

    I didn't understand the song in the late 1960s still no idea what the song represents.

  28. Grand Shock Trooper

    Hail Paimon

  29. John Mal

    Rows and flows of angel hair
    and ice cream castles in the air
    and feather canyons everywhere,
    I've looked at cloud 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 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
    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.

  30. Ron Babu

    Depression brought me here 😐 😑

  31. Kaum Urban.12

    kalo diwarkop dijadiin parodi Betawi ini lagunye... 😀

  32. Justin Gemmill

    Who’s here from the Toy story 4 teaser trailer???

  33. TheAndrewj96



    it's love's illusions i recall...i really don't know love at all...perfect.

  35. Ellen McCullough

    Beyond beautiful...oh, to be young again...

  36. Asif El Desperado

    I like the Neil Diamond's version ahead of this.

  37. Peter K.

    Just recently this song by Judy Collins swept in my brain again...and I cant get it out.....

  38. Paul David Martin

    I've been a huge Joni M fan since 1968, thanks to John Peel on the BBC, and while no doubt we have to thank Judy for helping to bring Joni to the music world's attention (but hey, along with Tom Rush and others) and no doubt get her some big royalties at the time, this pappy-poppy cotton-candy version of such a heartrending song is for me simply a travesty. Too often Judy simply "recites" a song in that glorious choirgirl-pure voice of hers, with no soul or feeling coming through at all, as if she's singing demos. A friend of mine finally heard Joni's original many years later and said "Oh wow, I never realised that pretty little song was so profound"... Rifkin has a lot to answer for, but for sure both Judy and Elektra were well pleased. A travesty.

  39. Muskee Li

    Before watching Hereditary,
    'Oh Such a beautiful Song!'
    After watching hereditary,
    'Holyyy God Daxn I Can not Sleep!'

  40. Wagner Hernandez

    Mad Men

  41. Devan Moran

    Beautiful song

  42. Okebrader Oke

    Betawi ini lagunye hahahaha

  43. Denise Allen

    To say I love you right out loud 💕listening in 2019 November

  44. Thomas Vatz

    Fart in a Jar Martin brought me here

  45. Anthony De

    I remember being a child in the late sixties and hearing this song. Loved it then and still do now. It still sounds great.

  46. M Anne

    My mom, who was born in 1952, and self described hippie, her taste in music brought me here.

    Okay, so did Mad Men, I will admit it.

  47. iwatatatsuya

    I prefer this version of this song. Of course Joni Mitcelle is great, but I prefer this. Judy Collins has sung in other versions,
    but I like this most.

  48. sunny lynch

    RIP Kate. Your sudden death will always bring me up short.

  49. Ayo

    This is where I grew up

  50. John B

    The film, Hereditary, brought me here.

  51. Goodbyemrcool

    hail paimon!

  52. Maribel Sacdalan

    This song doesn't fit to hereditary

  53. Jaime Alambatin

    Hereditary brought me here😟

  54. Thegamemaster352

    0:57 I DON'T BELONG HERE!!!!!

  55. -Uɴᴅᴇᴀᴅ Cʜᴀɴɴᴇʟ-

    One of our band members sang an acoustic version of it. Wheni told her i loved her voice while singing she asked me to listen to the original. So i d

  56. Ed Miller

    My freshman year at Brooklyn College.

  57. MasterKlaw

    Steel Ball Run anyone?

    Ana !!

    MasterKlaw yesss. Araki's taste in music is excelent

  58. MasterKlaw

    Personal favorite version of this song.

  59. David Robichaux

    This and Celeste by Donovan my two favourite 60's songs✌

  60. Rosalie Noyes

    Helena Bonham Carter brought me here.

  61. Tom Zielinski

    Song defines a generation, hopes, dreams, peace, love. And universal acceptance. Oh where have you gone the flower children 😢

  62. natasya intaran

    what the frick i came to comment thread and saw people relate the song with hereditary.. i dont even know that even thought i've watch it.
    i came cause i heard and fall in love with troy sivan cover back in 2017 and been in my head ever since

  63. MapleRhubarb

    People all over here saying "I heard this here" and 50% know this from ther, but I just heard this on the radio lol.

  64. Arnau Martín

    Mad Men...

  65. RJ McAllister

    Wore out the 1968 Elektra single. A half-century later, we still don't have it right, do we?

  66. S S

    Who's here because of SALLY!!!

  67. Robert Ellam

    Love this

  68. Don Blake

    Great Tune! Judy Collins and Joni Mitchell both did a great job with this Song!

  69. Spencer Kaufman

    Mad Men

  70. Sebastian

    179 More Bloody Idiot Dislikes And Counting...

  71. paul nippert

    being "The SUN" there's only one Cloud out of this entire song, that i don't KNOW yet "biblically" it is mine you know, Adam and Eve, Romeo and Juliette, call us what you will, two ships, your ships, she's your ship and I am hers. Time and Space from our point of view, none can ever know but her and i.

  72. russell pappalardo SR

    As awesome today as it was over 50 years ago when I first heard it-its timeless classic!

  73. Mr Martinez

    So this song was made for her son who committed suicide back in 92

    David Robinson

    Are you trolling? This song was originally written by Joni Mitchell in 1969 and Judy Collins recorded her version in the same year.

    Mr Martinez

    @David Robinson no i wasnt i was reading on her and it turn out that her son commit suicide he attempted three times but the third time work

  74. Roberto E. Reyes

    Judy Collins owns this song.

  75. vazmo14850

    "to say I love you right out loud" ... for a thirteen year old buck, those words were magic! and now, at 65 i cry at them.

  76. Mickey Hodge

    A1 rock

  77. Dinah Morris

    one Christmas Mum and I each gave the other a Judy Collins im 65 i still dont know clouds at all! tears of happiness and yes I can say I love You right out loud! LOUD!!! to anyone who will listen! and even if they dont want to I dont care ......I love LJE!

  78. Pat Lacy

    I've looked at clouds from both sides now! Baby Boomers.

  79. cpecpecpe

    Thank you. This song sums things up for me. Just went into remission from advanced cancer then three weeks ago they found a golfball size tumor in my brain. Did not write this note looking for pity or sympathy. Rather it is how I gear up to fight a new beast...


    I hope you kick cancer's ass! A stranger in Brazil is sending you best wishes... Take care!


    Thank you. Yes, I have a lot of issues. But I pray for those hurting more than me. I try to help at least one person I do not know every day. Please help someone in Brazil. God bless you.🙏❤️

  80. LunaThePurpleDragon

    IM NOT A TOY!!!

  81. niko ary

    Warkop DKI - Betawi Ini Lagunye 😁

  82. dloreck

    Paimon brought me here! Amazing voice....

  83. William Shepard

    One of the most beautiful songs ever written

  84. boomer21

    A beautiful song from a period once gone all we have is Rap and those who like to burn American flags.

  85. Eziela Malik

    Shantal cuizon brought me here

  86. Pop Tart

    This song is now horrifying thanks to Hereditary.

  87. ArrivalOf DOOM

    HAIL PAIMON. "Well somethings lost but somethings gained". Think i can get ahead as to what that is.
    There are now TWO songs that scare the living crap out of me - "Tiptoe thru the Tulips" by Tiny Tim from Insidious - and THIS

  88. Halbert C. Casey

    No show, etc. brought me here, except the truth of the lyrics with a fitting superb musical arrangement.

  89. Ahl Lui Pio

    This is still in September 2019 Billboard Chart. Also, it reached number 1 for 3weeks.


    “Love can sometimes be magic. But magic can sometimes...just be an illusion. ”


  91. Isaac Vogel

    The only song referenced in JoJo where the comments have more to do with other pop culture stuff

  92. Xeno Wolf

    Beutiful and creepy thanks hereditary

  93. Super Mario Logan Fan


  94. Super Mario Logan Fan

    I’m here from Toy Story 4 teaser

  95. Ucup Ucup

    Hereditary's ending is probably the most beautiful song.
    and i just realized its on Toy Story 4 like what the hell..

  96. Dave Barker

    One of my personal "Top Ten Wonders of the Musical World". An everlasting classic of exquisite beauty.

  97. Kevin Loughin

    One of Joni Mitchell's best songs. Judy got the radio play though. Even though she was pitchy towards the end. Joni sang it best.

    Gunnhild Edwards

    This was the first version to be released. Joni recorded her version after this one as she was dissatisfied with the way it was sung despite the fact that it opened a lot of doors for her and made her tons of cash.

  98. Julie Strom

    They sped it up, bummer. Stick with the real thing....

  99. Alexis Martinez

    Lucy steel brought me here