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

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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