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Baby, the rain must fall
Aug 6, 2014 - By Steven R. Peck
Rare rainy days here bring to mind the inspiration of the songwriter
Central Wyoming does not have a rainy climate.
But that doesn't mean we can't get rainy weather. The first full week of August 2014 stands as testament.
Occasionally there comes a time for the "rain editorial." The late Ranger publisher Bob Peck, now gone seven years, must have written about the "million-dollar rain" at least 20 times in editorials spanning seven decades.
Rain can be inspiring, and not just for the farmer, landscape tender and the editorial writer. It brings out the creative muse in our songwriters too.
Consider (and hum along if you like):
I'm singin' in the rain,
Just singin' in the rain,
What a glorious feeling,
I'm happy again
-- Gene Kelly, 1952
Long as I remember, the rain keep comin' down
Clouds of mystery pourin' confusion on the ground
Good men through the ages, tryin' to find the sun
And I wonder, still I wonder, who'll stop the rain?
-- Creedence Clearwater Revival, 1970
Lovely! See the cloud, the cloud appear
Lovely! See the rain, the rain draw near
-- Zuni tribal song
Just walkin' in the rain,
Getting soaking wet
Torturing my heart by trying to forget
-- Johnny Ray, 1956
Those raindrops are fallin' on my head,
they keep fallin'
-- B.J. Thomas, 1969
In the early mornin' rain, with a dollar in my hand
With an aching in my heart, and my pockets full of sand
I'm a long way from home, and I miss my loved one so
In the early morning rain, with no place go
-- Gordon Lightfoot, 1966
Oooo, I hear laughter in the rain
Walking hand in hand with the one I love,
Oooo, how I love the rainy days
and the happy way I feel inside
-- Neil Sedaka, 1975
Baby, the rain must fall
Baby, the wind must blow
Wherever my heart leads me
Baby, I must go
-- Glenn Yarbrough, 1965
I should have saved
Those leftover dreams
Funny, but here's that rainy day.
-- Frank Sinatra, 1959
Don't know why there's no sun up in the sky
Since my man and I ain't together
Keeps rainin' all the time
-- Lena Horne, 1943
Kentucky rain keeps pourin' down
and up ahead's another town
that I'll go walkin' through
With the rain in my shoes ...
Searchin' for you ...
In the cold Kentucky rain
-- Elvis Presley, 1971
In the twilight glow I see you,
Blue eyes cryin' in the rain
-- Willie Nelson, 1976
Nothin' to do but frown,
Rainy days and Mondays
always get me down
-- The Carpenters, 1971
Some may think I'm crazy
for making all these claims,
But I swear before the day is over,
you folks'll see some rain
-- Tanya Tucker, 1978
Enjoy the oddity while it lasts. Our typical August duo, hot and sunny, will be right back.