Mo's Manic Monday - Cloud

Posted: Monday, February 02, 2009 by Travis Cody in

Welcome to another Manic Monday with Mo. Don't forget to cruise by MM HQ at the Manic Monday blog. Today's theme is Cloud.

The very first thing that popped into my head was Both Sides Now by Joni Mitchell.

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 but 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 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.


  1. Remember when songs were lovely poems? That was lovely, Trav! A great way to start a Monday!

  1. I thought of that song, too, mostly because I had just seen You've Got Mail.

  1. Jeni says:

    I'm so glad you posted that song and especially, all the words to it as well. I always loved that number and today, a lot of upheaval in my life, it seems all that much more fitting.
    Thanks, Trav.

  1. Dianne says:

    I love Joni and that is one of her best

    the photo is stunning!

    Happy Monday

  1. Akelamalu says:

    They don't write songs like that anymore, more's the pity! :(

  1. That was a song that we did in 7th grade Girls' Glee. I always liked it. I like it better as an adult. I thought of that song while I was in the shower trying to think of what to write. Great minds think alike, right!?


  1. Anndi says:

    I've always loved that song :)

  1. nudder one neat canuck, joni ;) lol

  1. TopChamp says:

    Have you seen Love Actually? It's the only reason I know that song - which is a lovely one.

  1. Beautiful photo, Travis! Just stunning!

  1. Travis says:

    WT4W: That was back when songwriters were poets...and when good music was appreciated simply because it was good and not dismissed by category.

    Songbird: I think I saw that movie.

    Jeni: Joni Mitchell is a favorite of mine.

    Dianne: Among the good stuff, this one ranks very high.

    Akelamalu: They might, but they are hard to find.

    Clancy: The good tunes stick with you.

    Ann: Me too!

    Laughingwolf: Thanks for sharing with us!

    TC: I haven't seen that movie.

    Lana: Thanks!

  1. nice was the first song I ever learned on the guitar...

    great pictures too!

  1. Mo says:

    Great song for clouds!
    Thanks for participating in Manic Mondays!

  1. Kanani says:

    Oh, I remember that song so clearly.
    The only other really popular singer today singing songs with lyrics these days is Bono.

    Anyway, those scenic vistas you've got --wow. I wish I were there!

  1. Jamie says:

    Great song, but I decided on another time travel trip instead and another cloud song.

  1. Polly says:

    Wow. I hadn't heard that song. I'm feeling a little sheltered. Love it, though.

    That end pic full of emotion and mood...great choice.

  1. Julie says:

    So i'm scrolling around trying to catch up....and I see Bruce! Sorry Joni...Bruce wins!


  1. Travis says:

    Katherine: It's a terrific song.

    Mo: Happy MM!

    Kanani: You just don't find this kind of singer/songwriter anymore. Or you have to really search around for them if they are out there.

    Jamie: Isn't it great to have the Wayback Machine?

    Anthony: Indeed.

    Polly: It had been awhile since I heard it.

    Julie: Bruce rocked it!