Variations On A Cloud
|Variations on a Cloud|
|Written by||Joe Hawley|
|Appears on||Hawaii: Part II|
|Sung by||Joe Hawley, Rob Cantor|
Variations on a Cloud is a song by ミラクルミュージカル. It was given out as a bonus to customers who pre-ordered copies of Hawaii: Part II. It is listed as the "zeroth" track of Hawaii: Part II, and, originally, the song did not come included with a download of Hawaii: Part II, but it now does, if one were to purchase it through the Miracle Musical bandcamp page.
For a brief period the song could be obtained by purchasing a physical postcard from the (now defunct) merch page on the official site, which included a download code for the song along with a code for Hawaii Part: II, and a hand-drawn doodle signed by Joe Hawley.
This song features musical themes from Murders, Isle Unto Thyself, Dream Sweet In Sea Major, and Ruler Of Everything. In an extended version of the song Hawley played in Ann Arbor in 2016, the song transitions to a cover of Jump by Van Halen with the backing track sampling Imagine by John Lennon.
On the 11th of September 2015 a music video for Variations On A Cloud was uploaded to YouTube. The video is in memoriam to the victims of the 9/11 terrorist attack. The video splices together videos and pictures of the attack, overlayed with pictures and videos of clouds, in greyscale. The vocalists of the song are represented through coloured puppet characters. The video originally had comments of confusion from the fans, many not knowing if it was supposed to be a joke or a genuine memoriam; comments are now disabled on the video.
As of 2019, Variations on a Cloud is available for purchase on iTunes and to stream on major streaming services, with the release date being listed as 11th of September 2012, which coincides with the 11 year anniversary of the 9/11 World Trade Center terrorist attacks, and is the day before Hawaii: Part II was released.
On June 18th, 2019, an announcement was made that fans would be able to pre-order a 7-inch, 45rpm white vinyl of 'Variations On A Cloud', with the B-side containing White Ball (8-Bit) and Dream Sweet In Sea Major (8-Bit). In addition to the vinyl, fans would also receive a limited edition embroidered wool hat, embroidered with the ミラクルミュージカル insignia. Pre-orders were done through annarbourtees.com, a T-shirt company based in Tally Hall's hometown of Ann Arbour, Michigan.
Both of us see a cloud Or whatever we may believe Being it may be proud Or whatever we want to see OK, jump Cirrus in [Cumulus] light [dark] you lie [vow] Give us varying [colorful] shades of grey Floating inside [outside] the sky Show us everything [nothing] everyday [in any way] OK, jump to end it all Let this one be to break the fall It's a little bit of magic to end the world [But I thought you knew me truly?] Something different than we started with in the world [Does it even matter to me?] I was in the hearing Bumming a humble clearing from Caligula In his Shangri-La La La It's a little bit of magic to end the world [But I thought you knew me truly?] Something different than we started with in the world [Does it even matter to me?] Miracle worker I saw you begin it Walking the water [so soft on the rain] See what you see in the surface [a limit] Ladies and gentlemen, please Why don't we keep it coming back And coming back And coming back Why don't we keep it coming back And coming back [Join if you wish] Keep it coming back And coming back And coming back Why don't we keep it coming back And coming back We've been to this scene [These days it's hard to find friends] Aboriginal meme [But opportunities bend] Had a smotherful mother full of meddle and steam [And we spend the chance sleeping on the top of the fence] Can't believe what we've seen Won't be burned to the ground Though we make ourselves castles Every tide we're around Do you like how I walk? Do you like how I talk? (It's a little bit of magic to end the world) Do you like how my face has learned to tick like a clock? [But I thought you knew me truly] I have a wonderful life, I know a powerful Bob (Something different than we started with in the world) He eulogizes me for being geocentric (ha ha ha ha!) [Does it even matter to me?] Keep it coming back And coming back And coming back Why don't we keep it coming back And coming back And coming back And coming
- Hawaii: Part II Bandcamp
- Postcard Merch Webpage (Now defunct, as of 2018)
- Coz Baldwin. Music Video For Hawaii Part II's Stranded Lullaby. 2013. Hidden In The Sand.
- Jeff Baker. Joe Hawley-Variations On A Cloud: Sonic Lunch; Ann Arbor, MI 06.23.2016. YouTube. Video.
- Internet Show Outtakes. Youtube Video.
- "ミラクルミュージカル – Variations on a Cloud" YouTube Video
- Variations on a cloud - iTunes
- Hawaii: Part II Bandcamp
- hawaiipartii.com Vinyl Preorder page.
- Vinyl pre-order announcement. Facebook. 18th June 2019.
- annarbourtees.com. Miracle Musical Variations On A Cloud White Vinyl 7 Single 45rpm Limited Edition Embroidered Wool Hat. Accessed 18th June 2019.