Weather phenomena provide the inspiration for Song Lyric Sunday this week.
The Incredible String Band – your go-to destination for sixties stoned hippy whimsy – have a cute song about a little cloud. It’s from the 1967 album ‘The 5,000 Spirits or Layers of the Onion’ – as you will all have recognised immediately, no doubt, particularly as it was reportedly Paul McCartney’s favourite album of the year.
Well, it was 1967.
How sweet to be a cloud, floating in the blue
Lying awake, late the other night
Heard above me a trembling
I looked up, it was a little cloud
From which a gold string was dangling;
You know, I gave the string a little pull
Just to see what was on the other end
Just then a voice came down to me, says
“Hey, now, don’t you want to be my friend
And float with me to distant lands
Wondrous and fair;
Float with me to distant lands wondrous and fair?
You see I’m just a happy little cloud
I laugh and float and sing my song
But the other clouds don’t like me none
They say I am behaving very wrong
You see a cloud’s supposed to be sad
To cry and weep and tear its hair and all
And don’t matter how hard I try
I can’t get the first little tear to fall.”
Oh float with me to distant lands, wondrous and fair;
Float with me to distant lands, wondrous and fair
I said, “Hey, I like you little cloud
Float with me to distant lands, wondrous and fair.”
Written by Mike Heron