C’est Judy Collins qui a le plus contribué à faire connaitre cette belle chanson, Both Sides Now. On trouve déjà son interprétation sur ce site, ainsi que celle de Joni Mitchell elle-même, ainsi que le duo de l’auteure avec Pete Seeger. Elle est ici interprétée avec beaucoup de sensibilité sous un autre titre, Clouds, par Dave Van Ronk, qui se vante d’avoir été, dans son jeune âge le premier newyorkais à tomber amoureux de son auteure, Joni Mitchell. La photo qui illustre la chanson montre Van Ronk à cette époque en compagnie de Bob Dylan et de Suze Rotholo.


CLOUDS (BOTH SIDES NOW)

Rows and flows of angels hair
And ice cream castles in the air
And feather canyons everywhere
I’ve looked at clouds that way

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 ev’ry fairy tale comes real
I’ve looked at love that way

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

Dreams and schemes and feeling proud
To say « I love you » right out loud
Tears and fears and circus crowds
I’ve looked at life that way

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