500 Greatest Songs of All Time

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Joni Mitchell, 'Both Sides Now'

Writer: Mitchell
Producer: Mitchell
Released: May '69, Reprise
Did not chart

As her first marriage fell apart in the late Sixties, Mitchell saw her career bloom with hit covers of her work by singers such as Tom Rush and Judy Collins, including the latter's Top 10 version of "Both Sides Now." Mitchell sang it herself on the 1969 LP Clouds, describing the song as "a meditation on reality and fantasy. . . . The idea was so big it seemed like I'd just scratched the surface of it."

Appears on: Clouds (Warner Bros.)

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