What does Fool In The Rain mean?

Led Zeppelin: Fool In The Rain Meaning

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Song Released: 1979

Fool In The Rain Lyrics

Well there’s a light in your eye that keeps shining
Like a star that can’t wait for the night
I hate to think I’ve been blinded baby
Why can’t I see you tonight?

And the warmth of your smile starts a-burnin’
And the thrill of your touch...


    #1 top rated interpretation:
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    Jul 2nd 2007 !⃝

    Actually, the first person was right. Robert Plant himself said it was literally about an incident where he was left standing in the rain on the wrong street corner waiting for a girl. The breakdown in the middle with all of the whistles and noises is him running to the correct street corner before the girl thinks SHE'S been stood up.


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    May 21st 2006 !⃝

    I think this song is about robert plant waiting in the rain....as he is waiting, he thinks that his girlfriend stood him up because she is running late. he starts to doubt her and then eventually starts to doubt himself. as he gets panicked, he starts to run and then realizes that he's been standing on the wrong block. it wasnt his girlfriends fault, it was his fault thus making him "the fool in the rain"

  3. anonymous
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    Sep 19th 2018 !⃝

    It's about a guy waiting for his date
    Thinking she stood him up
    when he realizes hes on the wrong block
    So he runs to the next block

  4. TheLodger
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    Jul 31st 2015 !⃝

    I like it cause it's like a rejuvenation of why Led Zeppelin wrote and pulled off a song like "Rock and Roll". Some might call it Black Dog Reduction. Right now its like a glass of ice-water w/lemon.

    If Bob Dylan was attacking wanna-be hipsters in the single, "Like a Rolling Stone", and attempting to rid the brave new world of people he didn't like in Dinkeydown I would have warned against it. I mean considering how vaguely familiar, though slowed, the song is, "Go back to Louie Louie you deadbeats!" The Animals might have concurred, I don't know but it's sure as hell that somebody was a-gonna get sent back to Walker, (a small town close to Hibbing Minn. where Dylan grew up).

    I drove past Walker once and almost through disc 2 (the electric side) of Dylan's Live '66 at the turnoff to see what the locals would think of the whole potty-brained recording, maybe they could get to Bob in time before anyone found out what Dylan and producer Tom Wilson were up to with the inclusion of "Like a Rolling Stone" on Highway 61 Revisited, where "Like a Rolling Stone" became a completely different beast. It preceeds "Tombstone Blues." Like a "Rolling Stone" begins "Once upon a time...(Dylan at that point would recognize Wilson, an African-American "producer" his white guilt/fear kicks in and for the rest of the song and like half way through "Tombstone Blues" the lyrics become nothing but half hearted hipster insults aimed at Wilson. Fearing for his life Dylan can't decide quite how to ingratiate himself to his "colored" collaborator and at the same time save face. The whole embarrassing incident comes to a clumsy halt, (hopefully for Dylan anyway), when in the middle of "Tombstone Blues" he finally "gives up" and sings "...he could die! Happily ever after." I'm guessing Wilson was laughing that hard. Just a thought. What are us artiste's supposed to do. It's almost as bad as jail-bait. It could literally drive a ...man, crazy.

    Now I'm not accusing Zeppelin of not trying to be funny with "Fool in the Rain", but I've dehydrated my juicy essence with coming up with the Highway 61 shit. My brain doth hurt. So I throw caution to the wind and simply enjoy the sound and arrangement of songs like "Fool in the Rain." (All the while avoiding littering, Heh Heh!?) However corny and yes "foolish" (damn not again, there fair is fair), that may be, I love the idea and sound of bands, particularly of Zeppelin, The Kinks and the Who...oh and the Stone's when they hit a post calamity stride. Calamitys be damned of course. "Fool in the Rain" sounds, as John Lennon said about "Let it Be", (the song), rather grand. I have yet to find out the joke though. Though it probably has something to do with White Light Expansion. "...a surprise party for me! I'm fuckin Lou Reed I don't need no new uh...family...help! (The unnamed and "Unkown" confused biker rat attempts to knock himself out. He then refuses to slash his wrists for "a fumphkin girly-girl" while "Jet Dancing" in front of "Warhol's Rape Police" A double reel-single-real "free"-modern art-film exposition that was eventually eaten by a very hungry homeless man. Who just wanted "Andy's autograph".)he he he he he

    See Dave Marsh's take on The Stones "Street Fighting Man". In his compendium "The 1001 Greatest Single's of Rock and Soul." (sic) (ok I'll do that)

    oops sorry Heh Heh!?

  5. anonymous
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    Mar 30th 2012 !⃝

    From the album In Through the Outdoor. It is obviously a song by John Paul Jones as it certainly features a Motown/ club-jazz theme which he so loved.

    This song could not be more simple! It is about a man who is stood up by his date. By the lyrics he has been left waiting in the rain. Left feeling like a fool, as it where.

  6. oregoniangal
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    Jul 24th 2008 !⃝

    It is those intense feelings of a crush or infatuation when you first meet someone. Everything is so exciting, but there is also that insecurity. You fumble trying to do the right thing and end up on the wrong street corner...thinking that she stood you up, she thinks you stood her up, when after all, everything will be alright!

  7. anonymous
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    Oct 30th 2006 !⃝

    Wow, most definitely not even close to what it means. Look over the words again. Even though it says I'm just the fool on the wrong block that's not what it means. You have to look deeper instead you've ran over the words fast instead of thinking of possibilities and outcomes to why he is standing there where he is.

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