Clay Aiken – Listen To The Words

Clay Aiken performed an emotional performance of the song, Both Sides Now  at the Champions Gala held by the National Inclusion Project in 2010. He also sang the song on his Tried & True Tour in 2010.   The song has always been a favorite of mine, so I wanted to know more about it.

The Canadian musician, Joni Mitchell wrote Both Sides Now.  Mitchell recorded her debut album in 1968 and it contained many of her most beautiful and popular songs, including Chelsea Morning, Both Sides Now, and Woodstock.  She was immediately recognized for her skill as a songwriter and then as a singer.

According to Wikipedia:

Mitchell’s work is highly respected both by critics and fellow musicians. Rolling Stone magazine called her “one of the greatest songwriters ever,” while Allmusic said, “When the dust settles, Joni Mitchell may stand as the most important and influential female recording artist of the late 20th century.”

Rolling Stone ranked Both Sides Now #170 on its list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.

Besides Mitchell’s own recording of the song, it has been recorded by many outstanding artists, including Judy Collins, Frank Sinatra, Bing Crosby, Linda Eder, and Michael Feinstein.

Mitchell, who is 73, was found unconscious at her home in Los Angeles on March 31st, 2015. She was placed in intensive care.

Fortunately, Mitchell is on the road to a “full recovery”, according to her conservator, Leslie Morris. Morris released a statement through the singer’s website confirming that Mitchell had suffered an aneurysm in March, but that she was now “speaking well”.

In February 2017 Mitchell attended the Clive Davis annual Pre-Grammy Gala in Los Angeles. She was escorted by long time friend, Cameron Crowe.

Clay has commented about the beautiful lyrics of Both Sides Now and always encourages the audience to listen to the words.

Please take a moment and read the beautiful lyrics and then watch the video of Clay singing the beautiful song!

A big thank you to Farouche for the pictures and Canfly172 for the video.

Rows and flows of angel hair
And ice cream castles in the air
And feather canyons everywhere
I’ve looked at clouds that way

But now they only block the sun
They rain and snow on everyone
So many things I would have done
Clouds got in my way

I’ve looked at clouds from both sides now
From up and down, and still somehow
It’s cloud illusions I recall
I really don’t know clouds at all

Moons and Junes and Ferris wheels
The dizzy dancing way that you feel
As every fairy tale comes real
I’ve looked at love that way

But now it’s just another show
And 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
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

Oh but now old friends they’re acting strange
And they shake their heads
And they tell me that I’ve changed
Well 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
It’s life’s illusions I recall
I really don’t know life
I really don’t know life at all

Do you like this song by Clay?


Just a thought!!

Clay has been tweeting this week after being missing for a bit.

It is nice to see his posts and I hope you are retweeting and liking his posts.

 It’s a great way to let him know we appreciate his tweets!

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4 thoughts on “Clay Aiken – Listen To The Words

  1. Love that song. The lyrics are magnificent and Clay's interpretation always brings tears to my eyes, it is so beautiful.

  2. This song is beyond beautiful and Clay singing it is the closest thing to perfection in my heart and mind! Thank you for all of the info concerning

    Joni Mitchell. The words are indeed grand.

    Especially love the video with Nick’s Mom doing the signing for it at the 2010

    Gala – truly beautiful.

  3. That was great but then and again it was Clay. He can sing any song so well but he did a fantastic job on this I really miss his concerts but I respect his decisions.I listen to his CD's every day' He did a wonderful job singing that song I really enjoyed it Thank you for sharing this with us

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