SoakerSep 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
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
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
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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