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"Cobwebs and Rainbows" is a song created by Dick Walter. It is covered in Fallout: New Vegas by Joshua Sawyer as Green Clouds and Dust Whirls, with modified lyrics to match the wasteland setting.

It is sung by Bruce Isaac in the Aces Theater at The Tops casino in Fallout: New Vegas. He must first be recruited for the theater; see the quest Talent Pool for more information.

BackgroundEdit

J.E. Sawyer, the lead designer and project director of Fallout: New Vegas sang and wrote the modified lyrics as a cover of the 1993 song of the same name. "Cobwebs and Rainbows" is the only song performed by Sawyer in the game that is not based on an established folk tune. Sawyer later elaborated on the recording process for the Talent Pool quest:

There's not much of a backstory to Streets of New Reno. We needed a small number of songs for the performers at the Tops after Talent Pool was completed but we hadn't actually decided on/licensed anything. We realized this fairly late on the project and didn't have many options, so I suggested writing variants of folk songs to be performed with James Melilli and Nathaniel Chapman on guitar. That's what we would up doing, later adding a variant of Cobwebs and Rainbows to a low-cost instrumental track we found somewhere.Joshua Sawyer's tumblr

The original lyrics and music were composed by Dick Walter in 1993. Unlike the other songs Sawyer recorded for the game, the backing track was not recorded for the game by Melilli and Chapman, but was commercially pre-recorded from the KPM production music CD Pure Big Band Part 2 as track 20 "Cobwebs and Rainbows (c) (Alternative version for cocktail lounge and rhythm section)".[1]

The CD also features alternative lusher arrangements with male and female vocal versions of the song performed by Danny Street and Claire Martin. The session personnel also included Derek Watkins (trumpet), John Barclay (trumpet), Steve Sidwell (trumpet), Guy Barker (trumpet), Pete Beachill (trombone), Mark Nightingale (trombone), Richard Edwards (trombone), Kenny Hamilton (bass trombone), Dave Stewart (bass trombone), Andy Mackintosh (alto sax), Nigel Hitchcock (alto sax), Jamie Talbot (tenor sax), Andy Panayi (tenor sax), Iain Dixon (tenor sax), Phil Todd (baritone sax), Iain Dixon (clarinet), Phil Lee (guitar), Nick Weldon (piano), Chris Laurence (double bass), Ralph Salmins (drums).[2]

LyricsEdit

In-game

Dust whirls on the plain
Making patterns as we walk down lovers lane
Seems that each new step is somehow preordained
I've not traveled this way before

Green clouds in the sky
Seem forever but we know by-and-by
That they fade just like caravans passing by
Love seemed like that before

Since I found you there's no doubt left in my heart
I've cleared all the raiders away
I see it clearly so we don't need any chart
No prospectors, no mercs
No brahmin-baron jerks

The Tops lights in the night
Shining down upon our love as it takes flight
It just seems that with some passing luck
We might find all that we've had before
And, some more

Now those green clouds and dust whirls
Lights in the sky all real because
It's not been like this before

Original

Cobwebs in the rain
Making patterns as we walk down lovers lane
Seems that each new step is somehow preordained
I've not traveled this way before

Rainbows in the sky
Seem forever but we know by-and-by
That they fade just like some dreams passing by
Love seemed like that before

Since I found you there's no doubt left in my heart
I've cleared all the cobwebs away
I see it clearly so we don't need any chart
No tarot cards, no dice
No crystal set in ice

Starlight in the night
Shining down upon our love as it takes flight
It just seems that with some passing luck
We might find all that we've had before
And, some more

Now those cobwebs and rainbows
Stars in the sky all real because
It's not been like this before

NotesEdit

  • In the credits, it is listed as one of the songs on Radio New Vegas but in fact it is not played on any radio station.

VideoEdit

Cobwebs and Rainbows [1]

Fallout New Vegas song Cobwebs and rainbows

Fallout New Vegas song Cobwebs and rainbows

ReferencesEdit

  1. KPM 228-Pure Big Band - Part 2 / Vocals
  2. Pure Big Band - Part 2 / Vocals liner notes
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