Song Analysis

Your Cloud

Thursday 22 September 2011, by Cécile Desbrun

(Coming soon! In the meantime, read Tori’s quotes about the song)

"Here she goes... trundling across the country, making her way somewhere, not quite sure where it’s leading her. But she goes to the Mississippi, and not far out of Memphis is where there’s a national monument, there’s this acknowledgement of where a lot of the Cherokees died, didn’t make it to Indian territority on the Trail of Tears, where a lot of them perished.

And in ’Your Cloud,’ so much of it is about segregation, even of a raindrop, the separation of that, the tearing apart of a tear. Extracting that, cutting that apart, the division. It’s about separating that which you cannot separate, not really. There will be strands, there will be molecules. And taking those people from their land, the land of the ancestors. Taking a child away from its mother. That doesn’t mean that there aren’t pieces of that child still in that mother just because it’s been, you know, delivered from her womb. Because a couple separates doesn’t mean that there aren’t pieces of him still in her." (Scarlet Stories CD)

She leaves him on the border at Laredo and Your Cloud finds her travelling alone up the Mississippi to Memphis. From there she travels on to a place where thousands of Cherokees died. "She’s thinking about the idea of segregation and people separating themselves from the land. Everybody has a body map, and she’s trying to find hers." She also visits the battlefields of the Civil War, before she arrives in Philadelphia where she sees the Liberty Bell - and observes that it is cracked. (Scarlet’s Walk bio)

"She crosses the land and her feelings become personifed, like temptation in ’Crazy’ and the madness in ’Carbon’. They come into her life and she has relationships with them and at a certain point in ’Your Cloud’ you have this couple, or one of them anyway decides that ’we need to break apart, we need to divide this up.’ But then you’re thinking, parts of me are now you. I’m a different person because of you, I carry you in me. It’s like the land, you can’t keep cutting it up and dividing it up. There is a thread that ties all of us together and you can’t segregate that. And the massacres, the brutality, the births and the sacrifices are all a part of her. And the same is true of governments." (Hot Press November 20, 2002)