Beatles: Rain Meaning
Song Released: 1966
They might as well be dead
If the rain comes, if the rain comes
When the sun shines they slip into the shade
(When the sun shines down)
And drink their lemonade
(When the sun shines...
anonymous Oct 31st, 2012 10:42am report
He is saying he does not care if it Rain's or its sunny, it's the same to him. Like he says throughout the song, Rain I don't mind. Shine the weathers fine. He even describes it as being just a state of mind for him.
anonymous Jun 6th, 2011 6:04pm report
John was an acerbic fellow ( I say very affectionately). I believe he was criticizing people who run from teh weather - God forbid they get wet or too much sun. Just listen to the verses. In the chorus he tells us rain and sun are both fine for him.
anonymous Feb 22nd, 2011 2:32am report
Apparently, this song contains a backward message. It states the first verse near the end of the song.
And above commenters, I salute you.
anonymous Jan 1st, 2011 1:53pm report
Although most people will view this song as little more than John dissing on a rainy day outside by pounding out a quick ditty such as this,he likely intended the song to have a double meaning, likely that people run from their problems (rain) or avoid them (sip their lemonade). By the way, Ringo has been quoted several times as saying this was his favorite and most challenging song to drum to.
drencrom68 Jul 20th, 2010 7:14am report
"I think you can over-complicate Beatles lyrics. It's a simple narrative on a simple English pastime - the weather.
Us Brits are so used to grey skies and temperatures in the 50s/60s (10-20C), that when it rains we moan, and when it's too hot (above 75s) we moan as well..."
I wish you had put your name, so I could properly salute one of the few people on this site who seem to have their head screwed on straight.
Christ, the things people will try to overcomplicate.
anonymous Sep 28th, 2009 9:06am report
I think you can over-complicate Beatles lyrics. It's a simple narrative on a simple English pastime - the weather.
Us Brits are so used to grey skies and temperatures in the 50s/60s (10-20C), that when it rains we moan, and when it's too hot (above 75s) we moan as well...
Those addressed who are so severely reacting to the changes of weather - rain or sunshine manipulating "their" activities/feelings/lives are being distinguished from those who KNOW what is REALLY happening in the World. Nowhere people ("they") - the general populous -have little going on upstairs but interest in how the weather is, nothing interesting or personal to relate to each other about except social rhetoric. But, no, not those who are turned on to Life. Rain, I don't mind. Shine, the weather's fine. Weather: a simplistic, generic topic of conversation between strangers, a pleasantry, a mere acceptable passage of Time - Time that can never be recaptured, Time that is inexplicably important to each one of us all. LIFE is so much more fulfilling and all encompassing than empowering a rain drop or a warm breeze to dominate the World's conversations, thoughts, and actions. WE open our eyes and we SEE. Get involved with the UNIVERSE - don't just swim in the frenzied school of fish afraid to stand out in the crowd with an idea of your own. You won't mind.
anonymous Oct 11th, 2006 10:52am report
I think it's just John trying to tell us that we are n-e-v-e-r happy with what we have we either want more or want less..
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