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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 ...

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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 Stormy weather 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 Hangin' around, 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. Click HERE to LISTEN to a playlist of the songs quoted above.

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