Band member Murdoc Niccals stated the following about "Cloud of Unknowing" in a track-by-track commentary:
"This track’s a mirror of the opener, a final reflection on the Plastic Beach. Bobby Womack’s performance on this song can still bring tears to my eyes. That mixture of hope and uncertainty in his voice – the age and the experience, the fear and the joy...'scuse me.
This song, like the Who’s 'Love Reign O’er Me' is the moment that gathers together the events of the album - and pauses for reflection: “Waiting to see what the morning brings, it may bring sunshine on its wings…."
- There is a version of the song sung by 2-D, but it is not included on the album.
- The song is based on a novel titled "The Cloud of Unknowing".
- ↑ "Plastic Beach [Japanese experience edition]", TOCP-66950, booklet p.26