Thursday, January 26, 2006

Raindrops Keep Fallin' on My Head Blog Game

As anyone who has ever been a diabolical genius knows, ambition is the diabolical genius' tragic flaw (if you could say we diabolical geniuses have flaws). Therefore, something like this post written by a madman garnering more comments and landing atop our Most Popular list (although the list hasn't been updated yet, thank goodness) is just not going to do. Diabolical geniuses' self-esteem just aren't going to be too high unless they're sitting at # 1. Yah-hahahahahahahahaha.

Working in The Realm's Wizard's Laboratory late last night, I've concocted my first attempt at treachery. A simple game.

Here are the rules:

1) Just list the lyric line or title of a song from any era or any style that contains the word "rain" in it. Not the words: rainfall, raindrop, flood, sprinkle, deluge, wet, dew, or any other such similar word. Just "rain." There are tons of such songs. Feel free to use songs as hip or cheesy as you like.

2) You can comment as many times as you want, but never consecutively. You only have to wait one turn to throw another verse down, but you do have to wait at least one. And you can talk trash in the comments about someone else's choice, but you need to throw a line down yourself to comment.

And that's it. It's sure-fire. It can't miss. I'm sure to bring down that post. If not, I'll have to go back into the potions sector of the lab to see what other substance can derail that post.

Come on! Fear the genius. Beat the madman. I'll put the starter in Comment 1.

[Note: Since I'm almost 100% definite Scot's going to ask for some type of rules clarification, I'll allow him one comment for that, but no more. Alright let's get going.]


Rich said...

Here Comes the Rain Again.

-- from the song titled by the same name, The Eurythmics

Anonymous said...

"Who'll Stop the Rain?"


Rich said...

Finally!!! I'm still thinking I may have to go back to the drawing board, but thank you Mr. or Ms. Anonymous.

I'll stick with CCR, just to be unoriginal.

"I wanna know, have you ever seen the rain?"

-- Have You Ever Seen the Rain, CCR

B said...

Rain, she's cold like you
--Rain Please Go Away, Allison Krauss and the Union Station

P&S said...

I'm gonna help you all that I can. I know how much you hate being the... what do you always call it? Oh, yeah, first-place loser.

(Ed. note: Rich and I aren't really as shallow and competitive in real-life as it seems like we are in the Realm sometimes. Only one of us is.)

Seriously though, since I'm gonna throw all my weight into this post, you probably ought to add a rule preventing us from just alternating back and forth as well. Let this be the people's blog.

Oh yeah, the rain thing:

"Every time the rain comes down, close my eyes and listen. I can hear the lonesome sound of the sky as it cries."

-- it's in the rain, Enya

Rich said...

Hey! A little Enya. Another CD from your truck. And I like Enya, which I can't give that latitude to much else in your truck (except Abba and The Proclaimers).

As far as your idea about this "being the people's post," I have a sneaking suspicion you're just saying that because you've figured out this little baby ain't gonna garner the comments unless I artificially inflate them by commenting every other one... whichimayhaveplannedbuti'dneveradmititnow. Anyhoo, fair enough.

b -

Allison Krauss. She be good. I don't have any of her CDs, but every time I hear one of her songs, I end up liking it. We have this music fest here in H-ville called the Big Spring Jam (ironically enough, it's in the Fall), lots of different bands each year. And Allison Krauss (and Union Station) is an act they've brought back repeatedly.

Other acts I've liked that have come thru the Jam are Vigilantes of Love (of course), Wilco, Joe Ely, and Whiskeytown (Ryan Adams)to name a few. Our church sponsors the Christian stage (1 of 5 or 6 stages) at the Jam, and lots of big name CCM bands have come thru (although I would know little about any of them). Lots of big country (Nashville country, not Austin country) acts have played there, you name them, they've been here. And then a lot of old Southern classic rock bands (.38 Special, Lynyrd Skynyrd, the Allmans) as well as "newer" acts, such as the Foo Fighters to name one. Oops. Sorry. Got off track there. Back to the post:

Only love can make it rain, the way the beach is kissed by the sea...

-- Love Reign O'er Me, The Who

jon said...

In order to help your noble cause (of defeating Mr Story)...I offer this:

"I've seen fire & I've seen rain"

--Fire & Rain, James Taylor

B said...

Sounds like fun! Any music fests around here stick to one genre; Christian, rock or country. It's great to get a mix of artists. Does Nickel Creek ever perform there? I would imagine so since Allison Krauss does.

Oh, and you really should get one of her CDs. I recommend either Now That I've Found You, or Lonely Runs Both Ways. They are all great, but these are my favorites. I have listened to Now that I've Found You so much that I had to buy a second copy (actually, the first one was my dad's, but I, um, borrowed it for an extended amount of time).

Now for the rain lyrics:

And it's raining, raining in my heart!
--Rain In My Heart, Buddy Holly

jon said...

Hey Rich,
I noticed some digs on Ken's CD selections earlier. That would make for a good post...Top 10 (or 20 or 50 or 100) worst CDs in Ken's truck. Just a thought.

"It's hard to hold a candle in the cold November rain..."

--November Rain, GNR (Guns N Roses)

Rich said...


Nothing could be nobler than you, yourself, lending a hand in Mr. Story's downfall. Well spoken, good sir. And it's good to have you back - this time on my side.


I'm not sure I ever remember Nickel Creek playing here in Huntsville, and I don't think they've ever played the Jam. I could be wrong.

Thanks for the info on Allison Krauss. I'll probably take up one of your suggestions. I once had an Allison Krauss CD in my hand heading for the checkout counter but then decided against it. It's hard to lay down the fifteen bones when you're really not sure of a CD. In retrospect, I'd probably have been a better person today if I'd have gotten it.

BTW, it must be nice when your dad has Allison Krauss CDs instead of the fare held by my (beloved) father, such as Vicki Carr, The Coasters, The Platters, The Kingston Trio, and Tom Jones. Just not much to choose from there.
-- -- -- -- --
Okay. I'll be the first one to bow down and do something ultra-cheese-festerific.

Let the rain fall down
And wake my dreams
Let it wash away
My sanity

-- Coming Clean, Hillary Duff

Oh, my shame knows no bounds. I think I need a shower.

jon said...

Hillary Duff?????
Well, I see your BAD singer...& I raise you one:

"Blue Eyes Crying in the Rain"
--Willie Nelson

Rich said...

Uncle Jessie. Not bad, although I think Willie's sort of respectable based on his overall career.

I'll get back to the bad singers, but first one of my 70s favorites;

Like walking in the rain and snow
When there’s nowhere to go
And you’re feeling like a part of you is dying
And you’re looking for the answer in her eyes
You think you wanna break up
Then she says she wants to make up

-- Things We Do for Love, 10cc

jon said...

Here's a little something from my decade...the 90s:

"All I can say is that my life is pretty plain
I like watchin’ the puddles gather rain"

No Rain
--Blind Melon

Rich said...

That was a good entry, jon. Big song of the 90s. Excellent.

Going back a ways, from a song I really like:

Hey, where did we go days when the rain came
Down in the hollow playing a new game
Laughing, and a running, hey, hey
Skipping and a jumping in the misty morning fog,
with our hearts a thumpin' and you, my brown eyed girl
You, my brown eyed girl

-- Brown Eyed Girl, Van Morrison

jon said...

Brown Eyed Girl -- That's a personal favorite of mine.

Staying in the 90s, here's another popular tune

"She says baby
It's 3 am I must be lonely
When she says baby
Well I can't help but be scared of it all sometimes
Says the rain's gonna wash away I believe it"

--3AM, Matchbox 20

Brett said...

Let’s get a little Britpop into the mix. Here’s a taste of some Travis fer ya:

“Why does it always rain on me?
“Is it because I lied when I was seventeen?
“Why does it always rain on me?
“Even when the sun is shining, I can’t avoid the lightning”

P&S said...

"I'm a walkin' in the rain
Tears are fallin', and I feel the pain
Wishing you were here by me
To end this misery, and I wonder
I wo-wo-wo-wo-wonder
Why, why why why why why she ran away
And I wonder if she will stay, my little runaway
Run run run run runaway"

--Runaway, Del Shannon

Jon said...

They were one-hit wonders, but another one of my favorites:

"It's Raining Men! Hallelujah! - It's Raining Men! Amen!
I'm gonna go out to run and let myself get
Absolutely soaking wet!
It's Raining Men! Hallelujah!
It's Raining Men! Every Specimen!
Tall, blonde, dark and lean
Rough and tough and strong and mean"

-- It's Raining Men, The Weather Girls

Rich said...

Obscure but really good:

The Rain Kept Falling in Love

The 77s

WandaV said...

Aha! I got one!

"Walkin' in the Alabama rain"
Jim Croce

(Loved his stuff. Should have mentioned him on the 70's post)


WandaV said...

Oh yeah. did anyone mention the showtoon "Singin' in the Rain"?


WandaV said...

Okay. Last one, I promise. Does anybody remember Eddie Rabbit-- the country music singer? He had a big song... "I love a rainy night."

going to walk the dog

P&S said...

What I think is a very romantic song:

"All that summer we enjoyed it
Wind and rain and shine
That umbrella we employed it
By August she was mine"

-- Bus Stop, The Hollies

Rich said...

What about this?

Don't you fret, M'sieur Marius
I don't feel any pain
A little fall of rain
Can hardly hurt me now

-- A Little Fall of Rain, from the musical Les Miserables

Betcha didn't see that one comin'.

Brett said...

The finest young singer-songwriter in the game deserves mention:

"You had your red rainslicker on,
"Your face was turned up into rain as you watched me,
"And I was crossing, I was crossing,
"The street like my own Rubicon,
"Coming back home to ya, coming back Rome,
"And your eyes were so patient and calm,
"Green like the grass that might grow on the 23rd Psalm."

"The last forty days had been rain,
"The sun is a prodigal, one that seems bent,
"Upon giving itself a bad name,
"And leaving us deep in the lurch as we walk down the lane."

Rainslicker, Josh Ritter

Rich said...

Here's one deserving of a special place in Ken's truck collection:

Blame It on the Rain

Milli Vanilli

P&S said...

ha, ha.

Here's one for better or for worse that is actually in the truck:

"I don't mind spending everyday
Out on your corner in the pouring rain
Look for the girl with the broken smile
Ask her if she wants to stay awhile
And she will be loved
She will be loved"

-- She Will Be Loved, Maroon 5

B said...

You ask about my consience
And I offer you my soul
You ask If I'll grow to be a wise man
Well I ask if I'll grow old
You ask me if I known love
And what it's like to sing songs in the rain
Well,I've seen love come
And I've seen it shot down
I've seen it die in vain
Shot down in a blaze of glory
Take me now but know the truth
'Cause I'm going down in a blaze of glory
Lord I never drew first
But I drew first blood
I'm the devil's son
Call me young gun

--Blaze of Glory, Bon Jovi

Rich said...

Delving into my deep bag of extensive CCM mainstream music knowledge, I find that I know only one song that has "rain" in it. Although I'm pretty sure there is/was a group called Pray For Rain, or something like that. But here's the one I know:

Rain, rain on my face
It hasn’t stopped raining for days
My world is a flood
Slowly I become one with the mud

-- Flood, Jars of Clay

Not half bad, huh? Now you guys will know if I post another CCM (mainstream) band lyric comment with "rain" in it, then I have cheated by Googling it. Not that there's anything wrong with doing precisely such a thing, but I'm sure there may be some factions within The Realm -- not naming names, mind you -- that would frown on any such action, especially if it was in order to lay his post to waste, the one that had heretofore been the most commented upon post... all this theoretically speaking, of course.

DugALug said...


These are all really good. I really like this game a lot. How about:

"Love, rain on me." - don't know the actual title.

The Who

There are a bunch of rain ref's in the song. And it rocks like few other offerings about love.

Ken: It seems you have been accused of carrying a lot of sissy-songs in your truck. Don't worry, I too like Enya, and see my comment later. Party-On Ken.

Rich: As far as CCM songs with 'rain', it is a common Christian theme. You'd know that if you listened a little more of them. I know you know the 77's and Jars Of Clay without Google... well I hope at least.

I also would have quoted Milli Vanilli. I must admit that I really liked that song too: it must reflect on a moment of my great weekness. Will I burn in that hot place for this?

Wandav: please read the rules: multi-posts and using 'rainy'. Here is your yellow card.


Rich said...

I can give you 77s, Doug. I don't consider them mainstream CCM. Or the Lost Dogs. Or The Choir. But especially the Sevens out of those. For example:

Rain, a winter's rain,
smears the neon window pane.
The corner table is in the dark
just like me.

-- Deep End, 77s

I'm just not going to be able to list any of the tunes from audioadrenalinecaedmon'scallcastingcrownsbleachdeliriousandthelistgoesonandon of bands whose music I've no doubt heard but has never left any kind of mark with me. I'm certain it's my fault. All the same...

DugALug said...


Its okay, I think you're right... it is your fault... not really. You're just a Christian Empathiser, or should I say a 'CCM Empathiser'.

Okay here's my next one:

"And rain falls angry on the tin roof,
As we lay awake in our bed".

Edwin Mcain - Love Suicide

Rich said...

Red Rain

Peter Gabriel

DugALug said...

Mandolin Rain

Bruce Hornsby

jon said...

Purple Rain


P&S said...

"let it rain
Lord, we're waiting for Your rain to fall
let it rain
bringing back the wonder of it all
and I can see Your face again
when You let it rain"

-- Let It Rain, Newsboys

DugALug said...


-- Madonna


jon said...

Kentucky Rain


DugALug said...

Fool In The Rain

- Led Zepplin

Rich said...

I belong in the service of the Queen
I belong anywhere but in between
She's been crying and I've been thinking
And I am the Rain King

-- Rain King, Counting Crows

P&S said...

"Never imagined that you'd be here again,
Yet another season of doubt has set in,
The warm September rains have gone, gone away.
The trust that you held in your heart isn't there,
Now you're fighting your fears, but they never fight fair."

-- See The Sun Again, PFR

Rich said...

Funny, that. You've done it now, Kenneth. Now, I'm gonna breakout a can of whoopin' Bill Mallonee on your derriere.

Here on the platform a well laid plan,
pain in your pocket ticket in your hand.
Rain on your lips, honey I wish you would stay,
now as the train pulls away.

-- Now As the Train Pulls Away, Bill Mallonee

Just remember, your "PFR" comment got me started.

P&S said...

I'm not sure anyone here is going to buy that my comment on January 30th got you started quoting Bill Mallonee anywhere on this site.

And here I am still trying to prop up your post despite your threats:

"I'm losin' myself like a drop in the rain
You twist me up like a hurricane
I can't stand up for fallin' down
So come on up, come on in, I like it when you come around"

--Otis Redding, Sara Evans

DugALug said...

"Into every life a little rain must fall"

Rain Must Fall - Queen

jon said...

"Well, when I woke up
The rain was pourin' down
There were people standing all around
Something warm a-running in my eyes..."

Last Kiss
--J Frank Wilson & The Cavaliers (later covered by PEARL JAM)

Rich said...

Fire and Rain

James Taylor

jon said...

Come on Rich...Pay Attention!!!!
I've already named that one (see comment #7).

Rich said...

Caught!!! [Guess I was just comment-padding there.]

Alrrighty then, here's one that's more in your vein, Jon. You may have already put this one up, too, but I'm too lazy to go back and check.
-- -- --
Well I love a rainy night
It's such a beautiful sight
I love to feel the rain
On my face
To taste the rain on my lips
In the moonlight shadow

-- I Love the Rainy Night, Eddie Rabbit

Rich said...

Caught!!! [Guess I was just comment-padding there.]

Alrrighty then, here's one that's more in your vein, Jon. You may have already put this one up, too, but I'm too lazy to go back and check.
-- -- --
Well I love a rainy night
It's such a beautiful sight
I love to feel the rain
On my face
To taste the rain on my lips
In the moonlight shadow

-- I Love the Rainy Night, Eddie Rabbit

jon said...

Now THAT's what I call comment padding!!! (and a rules violation) Duplicate comments.

"I'm no stranger to the rain
I'm a friend of thunder
Friend, is it any wonder lightning strikes me
I've fought with the devil
Got down on his level
But I never gave in, so he gave up on me"

I'm No Stranger to the Rain
--Keith Whitley

P&S said...

Classic, Rich. Truly classic.

You rip off Jonathan.

Then you follow that by ripping off Wanda.

And then you double post your rip off of her.

Talk about padding. I think we've called your bluff and reached the end of your rain song knowledge. I declare Jon the winner and this post now closed.

BTW, there also seems to be a repeat of a song by The Who above as well.

Sorry to rain on your parade.

Rich said...

Well, before you close down shop for good, I think it's best to follow-up Jon's good ol' It's Raining Men comment above with something appropos:

You can't stop the music, nobody can stop the music.
Take the cold from snow, tell the trees, don't grow,
tell the wind, don't blow, 'cause it's easier.
No, you can't stop the music, nobody can stop the music.
Take the spark from love, make the rain fall up
'cause that's easier to do.

-- Can't Stop the Rain, Village People

I mean, you didn't think I was going to let that comment pass without saying anything, did you, Jon?

DugALug said...

Excellent obscure ref rich!

"Rain all day, I'll stay all day with you."

Meloncholy Phase - Flemming and John

Rich said...

I can feel that I'm going to have to bump this post. But for now, I'll just add:

I want to float you like a cloud,
I want to drink you like a flower drinks rain,
I want to lift you up to heavenly places,
And beg you to remain.

~ Like a Cloud
The Choir