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Both Sides Now (song)

 

Both Sides Now (song)

For other uses, see Both Sides Now (disambiguation).
"Both Sides, Now"
Single by Judy Collins
from the album Wildflowers
B-side "Who Knows Where the Time Goes"
Released 1968
Format 7" single
Genre Folk, pop
Label Elektra
EK-45639
Writer(s) Joni Mitchell
Producer Mark Abramson
Judy Collins singles chronology

"Hard Lovin' Loser"
(1967)
"Both Sides, Now"
(1968)
"Someday Soon"
(1969)

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"Both Sides, Now" is a song by Joni Mitchell. Her recording first appeared on the album Clouds, released in 1969. She re-recorded the song in a jazz style for the album of the same name, released in 2000.

It is one of Joni Mitchell's best-known songs (along with "Big Yellow Taxi", "Woodstock", and "A Case of You"). It was written in March 1967, inspired by a passage in Henderson the Rain King by Saul Bellow.

I was reading Saul Bellow's "Henderson the Rain King" on a plane and early in the book Henderson the Rain King is also up in a plane. He's on his way to Africa and he looks down and sees these clouds. I put down the book, looked out the window and saw clouds too, and I immediately started writing the song. I had no idea that the song would become as popular as it did.[1][2]

Judy Collins made the first commercially released recording of the song, shortly after Mitchell wrote it, first including it on her 1967 Wildflowers album, and later releasing the track as a single in mid-1968. Collins' recording reached #8 on the U.S. pop singles charts and won a 1968 Grammy Award for Best Folk Performance.[3] The record peaked at #3 on Billboard's Easy Listening survey and has become one of Collins' signature songs.

Fairport Convention recorded the song as a demo in 1967. The band's recording did not become available until 2000, however, when it appeared on The Guv'nor Vol 4 by Ashley Hutchings. (A live recording featuring Judy Dyble from 1981 is included on Fairport's Moat on the Ledge album.)

Both Joni Mitchell's album Both Sides Now and a 2003 Mitchell re-recording of the song are featured in the 2003 movie Love Actually.

Rolling Stone ranked "Both Sides, Now" #171 on its list of The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.[4]

The song was published by Scholastic as a picture book, Both Sides Now, illustrated by Alan Baker, in 1992.[5]

A piano arrangement by Meredith White of the song was chosen as an examination piece in the 2011 & 2012 Piano Grade 3 Syllabus (List C, No. 3) by the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music,[6] in an effort to incorporate more beginner-level pieces that appeal to adults.[7]

The Judy Collins recording of the song was featured in the closing moments of the Season 6 finale of the American television series Mad Men, an episode titled "In Care Of," which originally aired on AMC on June 23, 2013.[8]

Cover versions

1960s

  • Judy Collins covered the song in 1967, won the 1968 Grammy Award for the Best Folk Performance
  • Dave Van Ronk covered the song on his 1967 album Dave Van Ronk and the Hudson Dusters, titling the song "Clouds".
  • Anne Murray included the song on her 1968 debut album What About Me.
  • Bing Crosby sang two renditions of this song, one on the TV variety show The Hollywood Palace and the other on his 1968 album, Hey, Jude/Hey, Bing.
  • Catherine McKinnon (1968)
  • Claudine Longet released a French version of the song in September 1968 on her LP "Colours" for release in the United States.
  • Frank Sinatra recorded the song under the title "From Both Sides, Now" on his 1968 album Cycles.
  • Harpers Bizarre released a version in the fall of 1968 on its third album, Secret Life of Harpers Bizarre.
  • Leonard Nimoy (1968)
  • Marie Laforêt released a French version of the song with adapted lyrics by Eddy Marnay in 1968 under the title "Je n'ai rien appris".
  • Robert Goulet (1968)
  • Christine Charbonneau recorded her own version of the song under the title "Je n'avais pas compris" released in Quebec in 1969 on Gamma Records.
  • Ed Bruce recorded a Country version on his 1969 album, Shades of Ed Bruce.
  • Davy Graham recorded a version on his 1969 album, Large as Life But Twice as Natural. His version included a long Middle Eastern-style introduction.
  • Dion recorded a version in 1969.
  • Jimmie Rodgers (1969)
  • Nana Mouskouri recorded "Je n'ai rien appris" on her album of 1969, Dans le soleil et dans le vent.
  • Neil Diamond (1969)
  • Oliver released a cover version on his 1969 album, Good Morning Starshine.[9]
  • Pete Seeger did a cover on his 1969 LP of songs for children and elderly called Young vs. Old. Seeger added a more optimistic fourth verse to the song. The new lyrics are in Seeger's book Where Have All the Flowers Gone in the chapter "New Words?"
  • Tirso Cruz III covered this song in his self-titled album "Tirso Cruz III"(1969).

1970s

1980s

  • Paradox (夢劇院), a Hong Kong singing group, released a Cantonese cover version "The Color Theory of Relativity" (Chinese: 彩色相對論) in 1988 based on this song. They also recorded the same song in original lyrics. Both versions were released on their first two albums.

1990s

  • Michael Feinstein released a version of the song on the 1990 compilation, Rubáiyát, which celebrated the 40th anniversary of Elektra Records.
  • Clannad released a version as a duet with British singer Paul Young for the 1991 motion picture Switch. It was the only chart appearance for Clannad in the Canadian RPM 100 Singles Chart.
  • Hole released a version of the song on their 1991 debut album, Pretty on the Inside, under the title "Clouds".
  • b-flower released a version of the song on their 1994 album, Clover Chronicles l.
  • Dianne Reeves released a version of the song on her 1994 album, Quiet After the Storm.
  • Parasites released a version of the song on their 1994 album, Pair.
  • Randy Scruggs performed an instrumental version of the song on his 1998 album, Crown of Jewels.
  • The Boomtang Boys (1999)
  • Sharon Cuneta released a version of the song on her 1999 album, When I Love, and it was released as the album's lead-off single. The song was subsequently used as the theme for her 2001 movie, Magkapatid (Siblings).
  • Pat Martino released a version of the song with vocals by Cassandra Wilson on his 1997 album, All Sides Now.
  • On Sesame Street, Telly did a parody of the song called "Three Sides Now" as he sings about the shapes he loves, which are triangles.

2000s

2010s

  • Roch Voisine released a version of the song on his 2010 cover album Americana III: California.
  • Clay Aiken performed this song at the National Inclusion Project Champions Gala 2010.
  • Yamori (Ryoko Moriyama and Akiko Yano) released a version of the song on their 2010 album, Anata To Utaou.
  • The Idea of North (2011)[13]
  • Susan Boyle released a version of the song on her 2011 album, Someone To Watch Over Me.
  • Orla Fallon released a version of the song in her 2011 show My Land, an album and concert. When introducing "Both Sides, Now", she told her audience, "Everyone has a song that’s a special song to them, you know, it’s their song, and this next piece is my special song. I’ve sang it to mark every occasion in my life, my twenty-first birthday, my graduation, the day I got married; I think it reflects perfectly the highs and lows, joys and sorrows of life.”[14]
  • Carly Rae Jepsen released a version of the song on her 2012 EP, Curiosity.
  • In 2012 Collaborative project U.S. Elevator (Sarah Lee Guthrie & Johnny Irion and Rondo Brothers) did a beat folk version on single, A Valentine
  • 2012: Idina Menzel on tour
  • Melanie C - recorded the song for her musical theatre-inspired album Stages (2012)
  • Danielle Eva released a version of the song on her 2010 CD, Road and Moon.
  • In 2013, Cilla Kung recorded a version for the TVB drama Slow Boat Home.
  • Mishka Adams released a version of the song on her 2013 album Stranger on the Shore
  • Mary Fahl (former lead singer of October Project) released a version of the song as a single in September 2013

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