"Big White Cloud" as written by and J Cale....
When I stand, my back to the sea
A big white cloud, looking right down on me
Sound of sun, missing my eyes
Everything's clear, everything's bright

Big white cloud, big white cloud
Big white cloud on me
Big white cloud, big white cloud
Big white cloud on me.

Time to kill on the hill
Looking at bees, licking the trees
Looking for signs ....................

Oh how I love you,
Yes how I love you
Oh how I love you so.

Oh how I love you,
Yes how I love you
Oh how I love you so.

After all is said and done
Everything, is just like it began
Days that came, years again
Came in here once again

Oh how I love you,
Yes how I love you
Oh how I love you so.

Oh how I love you,
Yes how I love you
Oh how I love you so.


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"Big White Cloud" as written by John Davies Cale

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    General CommentLove how they used it in the movie Smokin' Aces (2007) during Piven's drug out
    bkat004on March 02, 2007   Link
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    General CommentIt's "Oh I love IT" not "YOU."

    And yeah this song made Smokin' Aces really really cool.
    Clap Your Handson April 29, 2007   Link
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    General CommentIt's "Oh I love it" not "Oh how I love you."

    And yeah this song made Smokin' Aces really really cool.
    Clap Your Handson April 29, 2007   Link
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    General Commenti misinterpreted this song when i first heard it (on smokin aces, 'course). i thought it was a song of depression, instead i think he's a God fearing man, going through a season in his life.. he's got a cloud blocking his direct light, but he's still aware of the light surrounding him. "time to kill on the hill" is him saying he knows it's time for sacrifice.
    pixieinpanoplyon July 08, 2007   Link
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    General Commentfinally i made an account here :)

    first i gotta say: true @bkat004!

    i think this song might be about some kind of drug, as john cale is in no way a religious man.

    my favourite lines are
    "Time to kill on the hill
    Looking at bees, licking the trees
    Looking for signs .."

    first i thought it meant "time to kill [somebody/something]", but it just came to my mind: he has some time to kill on the hill, and looks at the bees, well, and maybe he did lick the trees :)
    sounds like a nice drug, doesn't it?

    if i happen to come across it in the john cale autobiography i'll post it.
    ohyesjohncaleon April 08, 2011   Link
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    My InterpretationMy thoughts on this song..

    His back to the sea.. Turning his back on the featureless.
    Sound of the sun... possible LSD reference as LSD directly rearranges your senses.
    Clear and Bright.. things are getting clear, different/higher understanding

    time to Kill on the hill He's high on a hill with nothing in particular to do but enjoy himself.

    Looking at bees licking the trees... other LSD users,people he's high with around him.

    Everything is just like it began...coming down

    Days that came years again ... he misses his free time has responsibilities

    When he revisits aka gets high again he feels and remembers it like the first time.

    Anyway..I feel like this song is about an LSD trip or times he spent tripping. It's a nice song lyrically but when coupled with the music there is a muted feeling to it in my opinion. That makes me feel like there is/was something lost when he took on his responsibilities that he wishes he could have back.
    jik1170911on October 06, 2014   Link

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