Song Lyric Sunday

For this week’s Song Lyric Sunday, Jim Adams has charged us with selecting songs that mention rain. There are so many songs that mention rain and it was hard to pick just one, but I finally decided to go with this 1962 classic from the Cascades, “Rhythm of the Rain.”

“Rhythm of the Rain” was written by John Gummoe, lead singer of the band, The Cascades. It was released the song in November 1962 and rose to number 3 on the Billboard Hot 100 in March 1963. It also spent two weeks at number 1 on Billboard’s Easy Listening chart and Billboard ranked the record as the number 4 song of 1963.

The song is about a man whose lover has left him. The falling rain reminds him of what a fool he has been. He tells the rain that it isn’t fair that she stole his heart when she left him and asks the rain to tell her that he still loves her. But ultimately he wishes that the rain would go away and let him cry alone.

Gummoe said that the lyrics for the song first came to him while he was serving in the U.S. Navy. He was standing watch on a ship that was sailing in the North Pacific and it was raining heavily and the seas were tossing. He said that he liked the sound of the rain, its rhythm, and it was as if it was talking to him.

Hundreds of artists have covered this song, including Lawrence Welk, Bobby Darin, Dan Fogelberg, Jan & Dean, Neil Sedaka, and Jerry Jeff Walker. A huge worldwide hit, BMI named “Rhythm of the Rain” the 9th most performed song of the 20th century.

Here are the lyrics to “Rhythm of the Rain.”

Listen to the rhythm of the falling rain
Telling me just what a fool I've been
I wish that it would go and let me cry in vain
And let me be alone again

The only girl I care about has gone away
Looking for a brand new start
But little does she know that when she left that day
Along with her she took my heart

Rain please tell me now does that seem fair
For her to steal my heart away when she don't care?
I can't love another when my hearts somewhere far away

The only girl I care about has gone away
Looking for a brand new start
But little does she know that when she left that day
Along with her she took my heart

Rain won't you tell her that I love her so
Please ask the sun to set her heart aglow
Rain in her heart and let the love we knew start to grow

Listen to the rhythm of the falling rain
Telling me just what a fool I've been
I wish that it would go and let me cry in vain
And let me be alone again

Oh, listen to the falling rain
Pitter patter, pitter patter
Oh, oh, oh, listen to the falling rain
Pitter patter, pitter patter

18 thoughts on “Song Lyric Sunday

  1. newepicauthor March 20, 2022 / 6:45 am

    For some odd reason. I thought that you had already written a post on this song before Fandango, but it is such a lovely song that it deserved to be featured again.

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    • Fandango March 20, 2022 / 7:01 am

      You’re right, I did, although I didn’t realize it you pointed it out. It was back on November 18, 2018 when Helen Vahdati was still the SLS host and the theme was “listen.”

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  2. Gr8BigFun March 20, 2022 / 7:21 am

    Great song choice, the tempo and styling of the song almost capture the sensation of rain falling.

    Liked by 1 person

    • Fandango March 20, 2022 / 3:54 pm

      Especially with the sounds of thunder at the beginning and the end.

      Like

  3. Maggie March 20, 2022 / 8:19 am

    A throwback to my youth. It is forever engrained in my internal jukebox. Great choice, Fandaango.

    Liked by 1 person

  4. leigha66 April 19, 2022 / 11:26 pm

    Definitely a great song! I had no idea so many artists had covered it.

    Liked by 1 person

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