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Both Sides Now

Guitar tablature transcribed by Sue McNamara  Printer-friendly version of this piece
[Capo on fret 4]
Tuning: DADF#AD   "Joni" Tuning: D75435


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transcription from jonimitchell.com

Both Sides Now, as recorded on Clouds 1969.
written by Joni Mitchell. © Siquomb Publications,Inc. 

Transcribed by Sue Tierney McNamara from personal research. If anyone has
any changes or suggestions, please contact me at sem8@cornell.edu.

PRINTING NOTE:  The graphs will probably come out better if you print in
COURIER pitch 10.


Tuning: DADF#AD   "Joni" Tuning: D75435 [Capo on fret 4]
	
INTRO:

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||||||   |||*|| pull up ||||||   |||*|| pull up  
||||||   |*||||         ||||||   |*|||| 

Repeat twice.

VERSE 1:

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  |||*||3  |||*||1   |||*||1  ||||||
  |*||||   |*||||    ||*|||   ||||||

  Rows and flows of angel hair

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  |||*||3  |||*||1   |||*||1     |||*||3  |||*||1
  |*||||   |*||||    ||*|||      ||*||*   ||*||*    

  and ice cream castles in the air

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  |||*||3  |||*||1   |||*||1  
  |*||||   |*||||    ||*|||   

  and feather canyons everywhere

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  |||*||3  |||*||1   |||*||1
  |*||||   |*||||    ||*|||  

  I've looked at clouds that way

Run:
D--------------------
A--------------------
F#-------------------
D--------------------
A---3---2---0--------
D--------------2---0-



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  |||*||3  |||*||1   |||*||1  ||||||
  |*||||   |*||||    ||*|||   ||||||

  But now they only block the sun

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  |||*||3  |||*||1   |||*||1     |||*||3  |||*||1
  |*||||   |*||||    ||*|||      ||*||*   ||*||*    

  they rain and snow on everyone

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  |||*||3  |||*||1   |||*||1  
  |*||||   |*||||    ||*|||   

  so many things I would have done

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  |||*||3  |||*||1   |||*||1
  |*||||   |*||||    ||*|||  

  but clouds got in my way ---

Repeat Run.

CHORUS:

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  |||*||3  |||*||1   |||*||3       |||*||1 |||||| 
  |*||||   |*||||    ||*||* slide> ||*||*  |||||| 

  I've looked at clouds from both sides now

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  |||*||3       |||*||1 ||||||  |||*||1 ||||||
  ||*||| slide> ||*||*  ||||||  ||*||*  ||||||

  from up and down 

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  |||*||3       |||*||1 ||||||
  ||*||| slide> ||*||*  ||||||

  and still somehow

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  |||*||3  |||*||1   |||*||1  ||||||
  |*||||   |*||||    ||*|||   ||||||

  it's cloud's illusions I recall

  
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  |||*||3  |||*||1   |||*||1
  |*||||   |*||||    ||*|||  

  I really don't know clouds
Finger pick:

D---0------------------0-0
A--------0----0--------0-0
F#----1----1----1---1--0-0
D-----------------2-------
A-------------------------
D-------------------------

  000000   020100         000000
  ||||||   |||*|| pull up ||||||
  ||||||   |*||||         ||||||        

  at all

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  |||*||3  |||*||1   ||||||   |||*|| pull up ||||||
  |*||||   |*||||    ||||||   |*||||         |||||| 

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  |||*||3  |||*||1
  |*||||   |*|||| 
  
Repeat twice    

VERSE 2:

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.

CHORUS 2:

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.

VERSE 3:

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.

CHORUS 3:

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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Comments on this transcription

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SueMc on 2011-Nov-07 at 14:45:42 GMT-5:
Hi, here are the two video links I talk about in the video above.

Links:
Johnny Cash Show: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8DH70wYWsK0

CBC TV "The Way It Is" : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pTVjCWekS1Q&feature=related

SueMc