Song Lyric Sunday – O Canada

I sat down at my computer today fully intending to get some writing in after reading a few of my favourite bloggers’ latest entries.  While reading, I came across the theme for this week’s Song Lyric Sunday – a song by a Canadian artist or group. Well, as a Canadian,  I couldn’t resist taking part!

But how to narrow down all the great Canadian music to one song?  There’s Heart with sisters Anne & Nancy Wilson. The Wainrights, including Rufus, his sister Martha and the duo made up of their late mother Kate and her sister Anna McGarrigle.  There’s Blue Rodeo, Bryan Adams, Steppenwolf of “Born to be Wild and “Magic Carpet” fame. But I surprised myself by choosing a song by Joni Mitchell.

I wasn’t a fan of hers in her early days. There’s no denying she’s talented in so many ways, but her voice just wasn’t that pleasing to me. But in 2000, she re-recorded “Both Sides Now”, a song she wrote and first recorded in 1969 but that was popularized by Judy Collins. Her voice in this later version has a huskier, mature quality that is simply beautiful.  If you are a fan of the movie “Love Actually”, you are probably familiar with this version.  So here, for your listening pleasure, are both the 2000 and original 1969 recordings of Both Sides Now by Joni Mitchell.


And here’s a bonus track by Canadian band, Blue Rodeo!

9 thoughts on “Song Lyric Sunday – O Canada

  1. Thanks for joining in Inkplume. I agree that Joni’s voice has changed for the better, but she has been struggling since March 2015, when she was found unconscious after lying for three days on her kitchen floor. I don’t think that I have ever listened to Blue Rodeo before, but I do like that that song you posted.

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  2. I love Mitchell’s song sitting in the Chinese cafe with her old friend being amazed at how time has gone by.(can’t remember the name.) I also have a deeply nostalgic love of her album Hejira which came out at a particularly challenging time of my life.

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  3. How interesting to hear the two Joni Mitchell versions back to back. I actually like both in their own ways. And Blue Rodeo is new to me, but quite pleasant. Thanks for sharing these.


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