What does Who'll Stop The Rain mean?

Creedence Clearwater Revival: Who'll Stop The Rain Meaning

Tagged: War [suggest]
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Song Released: 1970

Who'll Stop The Rain Lyrics

Long as I remember, The rain been comin' down.
Clouds of myst'ry 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.

I went down Virginia, Seekin' shelter...


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    Nov 26th 2008 !⃝

    This song is about Vietnam and the nations mindset at the time. They wanted the war to be over, they wanted the rain (bombs, napalm, etc...) to stop. I guess it could also be taken as they wanted the tears to stop as well, as in the tears of parents or children who had lost a loved one in the war.

  2. anonymous
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    Aug 28th 2017 !⃝

    I always thought it was about Hurricane Camille that killed 160 people in Virginia in 1969

  3. anonymous
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    Aug 13th 2017 !⃝

    the war wasn't stopped with prayer...it took action and commitment and sacrifice and suffering from a determined generation....

  4. anonymous
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    May 5th 2017 !⃝

    I was in Viet Nam.
    To me the song means that if you have the power to stop the war, then do it.
    Referring to the Government.
    The Government started it and the Government can stop it.
    But it also means that stopping that war would be as difficult as stopping the Rain when only God can stop the Rain.
    Bottom line is that we should pray to the being that can stop the Rain to stop the War. And it worked. We prayed and the war stopped.

  5. anonymous
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    Sep 16th 2016 !⃝

    Reminds me of the monsoon during the time I served in Vietnam. The rain poured down on me for hours and I wandered when it would stop

  6. anonymous
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    Mar 13th 2016 !⃝

    The rain at Woodstock.they played then went to virgina. The crowd had rushed together trying to keep warm.who'll stop the rain

  7. anonymous
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    May 17th 2012 !⃝

    Who’ll Stop the Rain by Creedence Clearwater Revival was an anti-Vietnam war song that doubted the governments ability to defend the country or accomplish anything. It seems to say trying to get them to act would be as effective as asking them to stop the rain. It appears to allude to the sense that man’s problems have to be dealt with by those who want to fix them not by government who want money. There is also a line during the song's second verse about "five-year plans and new deals wrapped in golden chains" that may indicate a general cynicism altogether about politicians. John Fogerty said “Certainly, I was talking about Washington when I wrote the song, but I remember bringing the master version of the song home and playing it. My son Josh was four years old at the time, and after he heard it, he said, 'Daddy stop the rain.' And my wife and I looked at each other and said, 'Well, not quite." He also says he got his inspiration from Woodstock when it started raining and everyone there took off their clothes.

  8. anonymous
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    Mar 3rd 2012 !⃝

    @ first guy. Have you ever seen the Rain? That is the song about Vietnam. I think THIS one is about Woodstock.

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