transcription from

Both Sides Now

Guitar tablature transcribed by Steve DiBartola
[Capo on fret 4]
Tuning: DADF#AD   "Joni" Tuning: D75435

From SP DiBartola (

Here's my revision of your transcription:

Both Sides Now
by Joni Mitchell
>From the album Clouds Reprise 1969
Chord shapes by Susan McNamara (

Open D Tuning: DADF#AD  Capo 4 (actual key: F#)

Chords:					A7sus4 riff:
D(1)		000000	DADF#AD
Gadd9		020100	DBDGAD	        D------------------
Asus4		040300	DC#DAAD*        A--0---------------
A7sus4(1)	002100	DAEGAD	        F#-1---------------
D(2)		004300	DAF#AAD	        D--2--0------------
D(3)		000304	DADAAF#	        A--0----3-2-0------
A7sus4(2)	000102	DADGAE	        D------------3-0---

(* The chord shape 040300 has been called a Dmaj7 by some people but I think
Asus4 makes more sense in this key)


D(1)	Gadd9	D(1)	Gadd9	D(1)	Gadd9	D(1)	Gadd9


Asus4    Gadd9    A7sus4(1)  D(2)   D(1)
Rows and flows of ang   -    el     hair

Gadd9  D(1)  Asus4     Gadd9  A7sus4(1)   D(2)
And    ice   cream castles    in          the air

    Asus4   Gadd9   A7sus4(1)
And feather canyons everywhere

Asus4          Gadd9       A7sus4(1)     Riff
I've looked at clouds that way

    Asus4    Gadd9   A7sus4(1) D(2) D(1)
But now they only    block     the  sun

     Asus4    Gadd9   A7sus4(1)   D(2)
They rain and snow on ev'    -    ry     one

   Asus4         Gadd9      A7sus4(1)
So many things I would have done

    Asus4      Gadd9    A7sus4(1)    Riff
But clouds got in my    way

     D(3)      A7sus4(2)   Gadd9   D(2)?  D(1)
I've looked at clouds from both    sides  now

     Gadd9  D(1)      Gadd9    D(1)
>From up and down, and still somehow

     Asus4   Gadd9     A7sus4(1)  D(1)
It's clouds' illusions I          recall

  Asus4  Gadd9  D(1) A7sus4(1)
I really don't  know clouds

D(1)     Gadd9    D(1)	Asus4	 Gadd9   D(1)
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.
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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