This moving song explores the contrasts and differences we encounter in our lives: blindness and sight, wrong and right, day and night. This balance between good and bad is a common theme in Mitchell's songwriting, which often examines such complexities.
Mitchell provided all the sounds on this track; the gospel choir is really layered tracks of her voice. She also provided all the instrumentation, which is a Farfisa organ hooked up to an ARP synthesizer.
In 1980, Mitchell released a 2-disc concert album called Shadows And Light, featuring backup vocals by The Persuasions.
Martha from Knoxville, TnWho among us has not experienced the "blessings of parasites (children, pets) and the perils of benefactors (siblings who provide our car payments while we are unemployed, etc.)?