Song of the Day #1,121: ‘Behind the Clouds’ – Brad Paisley

It turns out that before I “discovered” Brad Paisley in 2009, I had already heard and loved two of his songs.

The soundtrack to Pixar’s 2006 film Cars was their first to include songs from a multitude of artists. Randy Newman wrote the score and contributed his standard tear-jerking show-stopper but the film also featured tunes by Sheryl Crow, Chuck Berry, Rascal Flatts and John Mayer.

And two songs by some country singer whose name I never bothered to look up.

I’m not sure if ‘Behind the Clouds’ shows up in the film itself or only on the soundtrack, but back when this album was in constant rotation in our car, it cut right through my aversion to country music and became a favorite. Maybe it was the vaguely Hawaiian guitar (I’m a fan of that sound).

I probably should have known then that I’d discovered the artist who would erase my lifelong prejudice against country music.

When you’re feelin’ lonely
Lost and let down
Seems like those dark skies
Are following you around
And life’s just one big shade of gray
You wonder if you’ll see the light of day

Behind the Clouds
The sun is shinin’
Believe me even though
You can’t quite make it out
You may not see the silver linin’
But there’s a big blue sky waitin’
Right behind the Clouds

I’ve heard it said that,
“This too shall pass”
Good times or bad times
Neither one last
But thinkin’ that your luck
Won’t ever change
Is like think that it won’t ever stop
Once it starts to rain

Behind the Clouds
The sun is shinin’
Believe me even though
You can’t quite make it out
You may not see the silver linin’
But there’s a big blue sky waitin’
Right behind the Clouds

Yeah there’s a big blue sky waitin’
Right behind the clouds

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4 thoughts on “Song of the Day #1,121: ‘Behind the Clouds’ – Brad Paisley

  1. Dana says:

    Really? This cut through your aversion to country music. Not making a dent in mine:)

  2. Clay says:

    Why does that not surprise me?

  3. Amy says:

    I have no memory of this song in the movie, and I don’t recall ever hearing it before today, so it likely was a soundtrack “filler” only. I like the Hawaiian sounding guitar, which I, too, tend to like.

    I would imagine your softening had more to do with how much your girls loved this movie and all of the songs associated with it then with the song itself. It’s hard to imagine that if you had come across this song on tv or on the radio that you wouldn’t have kept flipping channels or reached to change the dial. Still, once you had discovered the Brad Paisley you now love and went back to rediscover that this song was performed by him, I can understand why it puts a smile on your face.

    That said, I think Pixar made a good decision to leave it out of the film ;)

  4. Clay says:

    Bite your tongue! If they can find room for Rascal Flatts, they can find room for Brad Paisley. Of course they did include another of his songs in the movie (stay tuned tomorrow).

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