Too much tertiary education... Former performer/wrestler, teacher, scientist; Published author & Father... Want to be a writer if I grow up...
Published May 19th 2022
Cloudy skies can lead to great music
When it comes to meteorological phenomena, I don't think there are any events that some songwriter somewhere has not written a song about. It is like writers use nature as a metaphor for all sorts of things. And so it is only fair I write columns about as many as I can.
Truth be told, this column idea came to me because I was singing the wrong lyrics to a song. I was singing "Sunshine on a cloudy day…" before someone informed me the actual song is 'Sunshine On A Rainy Day' by Christine Anu… which I should have known because I own the CD single. D'oh! So, anyway, this column was born.
One song per artist, one version of each song, I own them and like them, and the word "cloud" (or a variation) is in the title somewhere.
Songs about clouds!
'Get Off Of My Cloud' by The Rolling Stones (1965)
At the time, this was a musical diversion for the Stones, going slightly more pop, away from their blues-heavy beginnings, while also embracing some of the growing hippy culture elements. Having said all that, it is one of my favourite Rolling Stones songs.
'Obscured By Clouds' by Pink Floyd (1972)
The title track from the film La Vallée (Obscured By Clouds) is an atmospheric, moody instrumental piece. It certainly didn't sound much like the following year's Dark Side Of The Moon. For what it's worth, the film is good to look at, but boring.
'Love Is Like A Cloudy Day' by William Shakespeare (1974)
A bit of Australian 70s pop fluff from a man who had a couple of top ten hits in this country… and ended up destitute before being helped by an Australian musicians' helping fund. Still, this is another of his fun tracks, even if the lyrics are a little depressing.
'Cloudbusting' by Kate Bush (1985)
Kate Bush has released so many wonderful songs from so few wonderful albums. This one, a single from what I think is her best album Hounds Of Love, is just a great song sonically, and with a vocal line that people of my generation would recognise straight away.
'Clouds' by The Go-Betweens (1988)
From the classic Australian album 16 Lovers Lane, this is a slower track that is so easy to listen to. The whole album is wonderful, and still stands up today.
'Clouds In My Coffee' by Bonnie Tyler (1993)
I have to admit that I am something of a fan of Bonnie Tyler, even beyond Faster Than The Speed Of Night. She released some great tracks, too many to list, and this is one from an album I really liked – Silhouette In Red. This track is one of those power ballads she does so well.
'Cloud #9' by Bryan Adams (1998)
I'm not sure what Adams was going for with this track and its dance grooves, and if it wasn't for his voice, I'm not sure I'd like this as much as I do. Weird diversion in his discography, that's for sure.
'Sunlight Shining Through Cloud by Mike Oldfield (1999)
Mike Oldfield's frankly magnificent take on the classic piece 'Amazing Grace' is one I really enjoy. Not much more to say – great version of a great track. Love it.
'Born On A Different Cloud' by Oasis (2002)
After their first two albums, Oasis lost me. But even then, there are a number of songs that I didn't mind. This is one. It is very Beatles-ish and maybe a little over the top, but is still a decent song.
'Stuck Inside A Cloud' by George Harrison (2002)
This is from Harrison's last album Brainwashed, released not long after his death. The whole album is actually quite good, and I always enjoy putting a Harrison track into one of these lists.
'Beyond The Clouds' by Journey (2005)
From Journey's later years, this song is not a bad one. My main issue is that, to me, without Steve Perry on vocals, I struggled to get into the band. Still, I have a couple of their later albums, and this track is not a bad one.
'Cloud Nine' by Evanescence (2006)
Showcasing both Amy Lee's singing and band's symphonic metal leanings, this song from the band's second album is a highlight. From what I can gather, this is the first album where they went the symphonic metal route, and it suits them well.
'No More Cloudy Days' by Eagles (2007)
From the band's comeback album Long Road Out Of Eden, this track harkens back to their earlier sound really well, with the vocal harmonies and relaxed musicianship – smooth and slow and easy to listen to.
'Head In The Clouds' by Oingo Boingo (2010/1983)
A song recorded in 1983, but not released until 2010 in a not quite complete version, this is still a weird little 1980s pop track, the type which Oingo Boingo made their stock in trade.
'Falling Clouds' by Dyson Stringer Cloher (2019)
A song from the trio's self-titled album, this was a track I related to all too well, and still think it is a wonderful song, one that deserved far more attention than it received. The harmonies, instrumentation and especially the lyrics make this a truly good song.
Fifteen songs with the word "cloud" (or variations thereof) in the title, and a rather eclectic mix of music. I hope you enjoyed this one, and if you have any suggestions for more columns, please leave a message!
Thanks for the cloud listings - I am going to cheat and nominate this one by Joni Mitchell - it is a THE classic song from her album Clouds (1969) - the clip is all floating clouds - and the song - Both Sides Now.