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Sep 12, 2013 - By Steven R. Peck

In a rare period of rain, the songwriters have the words

"What is this, Seattle?" asked a Ranger news staffer upon arriving Thursday morning.

No, but for a few days now the weather has had a decidedly non-Wyoming feel to it. Mid-morning Thursday, as these words click across the keyboard, it is raining hard again.

Everybody likes to talk about the weather, but, as the following snippets prove, some people are better at talking -- and singing -- about it than others.

I'm singin' in the rain,

Just singin' in the rain,

What a glorious feeling,

I'm happy again

-- Gene Kelly, 1952

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

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

Just walkin' in the rain,

Getting soaking wet

Torturing my heart by trying to forget

-- Johnny Ray, 1956

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

Kentucky rain keeps pourin' down,

and up ahead's another town that I'll go

walkin' through --

With the rain in my shoes...

Searching for you

in the cold Kentucky rain

-- Elvis Presley, 1971

Long as I remember, the rain been comin' down

Cloudy 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

Hangin' around,

Nothin' to do but frown,

Rainy days and Mondays

always get me down.

-- The Carpenters, 1971

Somewhere, over the rainbow

Skies are blue

And the dreams that you dare to dream

Really do come true

-- Judy Garland, 1939

Just singin'

and dancin'

in the rain

-- Gene Kelly, 1952

Stay dry, everyone. It's still summer, and it's still Wyoming. It can't last long.

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Click here to listen to a YouTube playlist of the songs quoted above.

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