transcription from

Both Sides Now

Guitar chords transcribed by Harlan Thompson
Tuning: EADGBE   "Joni" Tuning: E55545

From: Harlan L Thompson 

BOTH SIDES NOW- Joni Mitchell

 C         F      C       F
Bows and flows of angel hair
      F          Em     Am     C
And ice cream castles in the air
              F        Dm
And feather canyons everywhere
                 F          G
I've looked at clouds that way
     C         F        C      F
But now they only block the sun
        F       Em     Am   C
They rain and snow on everyone
          F        Dm
So many things I could have done
                F     G
But clouds got in my way

         C          F           C
   I've looked at clouds from both sides now
        F       C          F        C
   From up and down, and still somehow
          Em        F      C
   It's clouds' illusions I recall
      C   F  C    Am      Gsus G    C
   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 them laughing as 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 and 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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(from Clouds, 1969)
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