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Great rain songs you’ve never heard…

So the rains are finally here to stay. We are back to being a happily flooded city once again.

music Updated: Jun 21, 2010 15:47 IST
Hindustan Times

So the rains are finally here to stay. We are back to being a happily flooded city once again, wallowing in the mire to get to our respective jobs and things that lead us to have some semblance of enjoyment that this city allows us to have. And like every year, just as the monsoon inspires much creativity, so also I too must pull out a quiver full of remarkable songs that relate to the theme of the season.

But this time around, it’s going to be a bit different. I’m not going to pull out the done-to-death obvious rain songs, but, from the vast annals of music, I will bring to your attention and notice, some of the more obscure rain songs by artists known, as well as obscure, the
purpose being, to breathe life into a little-heard song from a time gone by. So let’s go, as always, in no
particular order…

Buckets Of Rain — Bob Dylan (1975)
One of the most unconventional love songs ever written and when it comes down through the nasal sardonic poetic wit of Mr Zimmerman, all is fair.

Kiss the rain — Billie Myers (1997)
I remember this song getting a lot of airplay during my days with music television. It had quite a nice video too.

Garden in The Rain — Gary Lawyer (1989)
One of my favorite Gary Lawyer songs from his debut album, ‘This cannot wait’. While most of you remember him for Nights On Fire, seek out this one and feel the monsoon.

Crying In The Rain — The Everly Brothers (1962) &A-Ha (1990)
One of the best songs of the Everly brothers gets an even better treatment by Norwegian popstars A-Ha. Although the Everly Brothers version has its resonance, I love the A-Ha cover. In fact, so did the Everly Brothers, that they gave them a gift of a set of guitars that A-Ha still use till today!

Red Rain – Peter Gabriel (1987)
The ominous song that opens the multi-million
selling album, ‘So’, tells of an apocalyptic dream that Peter had one night. It is also an actual phenomenon in certain parts of the world.

Blue Eyes Crying In The Rain — Willie Nelson (1975), Elvis Presley (1976)
One of the songs that revived Willie Nelson’s career in the ‘70s and also reportedly the last song that Elvis recorded in the February of ‘76 before his eventual death in August 1977.

Early Morning Rain — Ian & Sylvia (1965)
At a time when the folk movement was at its peak with stalwarts like Bob Dylan, Joan Baez and Pete Seeger leading the pack, this Canadian duo
contributed many worthy albums.

I Wish It Would Rain Down — Phil Collins (1989)
Not really an obscure
selection, but there is a reason it’s here. I choose this song with a heavy heart, for I’d like to dedicate it to the memory of a colleague and comrade who tragically passed away earlier this week. A gifted mind and a creative soul, you will be remembered, Savio Rodrigues.

First Published: Jun 21, 2010 13:48 IST