Cloud of Unknowing is the 15th track of the Gorillaz' 2010 album Plastic Beach. The song features Bobby Womack.


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…."

Gorillaz (feat Bobby Womack) - Cloud of Unknowing

Gorillaz (feat Bobby Womack) - Cloud of Unknowing


On the cloud of unknowing
My world seems open
Every satellite up here is watching
But I was here from the very start
Trying to find a way to your heart

Oh the days of forgetting
They've gone out with the tide
Lost at sea somewhere waiting
Like setting suns at the rodeo
Trying to find someone you never know

Oh sinking love on the cloud of unknowing
Every satellite up here is watching
Waiting to see what the morning brings
May bring sunshine on its wings


  1. "Plastic Beach [Japanese experience edition]", TOCP-66950, booklet p.26


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  • 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".