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1969 Song of the Day is – Both Sides, Now- Joni Mitchell. Both Sides, Now was written by Joni Mitchell in 1966 . She was inspired to write the song after reading a book by Saul Bellow “Henderson  The Rain King.” Both Sides, Now was first recorded by Judy Collins and was a hit for her- in 1968 Collins cover went to #8 on the Billboard Hot 100. Joni Mitchell hated Collins version-even thought it did give a big boost to her own career. In 1969 Joni included  the song on her Clouds album. Rolling Stone magazine ranked it at #171 in their Top 500 Songs Ever list. The song has been covered by many- including greats like Francis Albert Sinatra, Willie Nelson, Bing Crosby and The Osmond Brothers I am not sure If I want to hear the Osmond Brothers version- there are over 1000 covers of Both Sides, Now- easily the most covered song Joni Mitchell has written. Whose Both Sides, Now do you like best- Collins, Joni’s or Der Bingle’s?









  1. When I was little, I thought Judy’s version was the most beautiful song ever. I still get a high when I hear it. We learned the words at Girl Scout camp. I can’t stomach any other version, except for Joni’s own singing of the song back then.

  2. Question: don’t the songwriters have to give permission for an artist to use their songs? I’m wondering why Joni would let Judy record it before she did? My preference is Joni’s version. It is amazing it has had over 1000 covers, but then again it has that generic quality I could see a singer being attracted to. It’s also timeless wisdom.

    • I read a little more- after I posted- the feeling from Judy Collins is- Joni was delighted when Judy covered it but as the years went by she started to resent that someone else had the hit with her song- at least that is what Judy thought. At the time Joni was probably delighted someone covered one of her songs- and i bet she has made a living just off of people covering this song.

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