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Led Zeppelin: The Rain Song Meaning

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The Rain Song Lyrics

This is the springtime of my loving-
The second season I am to know
You are the sunlight in my growing-
So little warmth I’ve felt before.
It isn’t hard to feel me glowing-
I watched the fire that grew so low.

It is the summer of my...


    #1 top rated interpretation:
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    Apr 6th 2009 report

    To me it’s the good and bad of love and lack of love.
    The first paragraph is talking about his attraction to the one he loves.
    The second continues, talking about because of this love, the keepers of gloom for him are ran off not to be felt or even remembered. He feels the love spoken to him through her eyes.
    And "These things are clear to ALL, from time to time”, we all have or will have those small moments that seem to last an eternity where we understand it all, true love.

    The "Coldness of my winter" may mean those times with out love, with out the warmth of another, and in that time the most simple thought is "I never thought it would ever go". “I cursed the gloom” the bad times, might be during that lonely time with or with out her. BUT "I know that I love you so"!

    These are the seasons, good bad, warm cold, and like the wind they rise and fall, come and go. The torch we hold that gives us hope and light, and the rain that upon us all must fall, and be cold and hard and hurt and feelings of loneliness, loss and pain will happen, but rain does end.

    It’s a beautiful song to me about love, the most important part is that we will all feel the rise and fall. We can’t look at others and think we will never be so happy and warm, and will only have gloom and rain. Even while having the spring time, we might also have the rain, they seem to go hand in hand. But don’t stop and let the rain overcome.

    I hope it’s as beautiful to you as it is to me. No matter what it might mean to you.


  2. anonymous
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    Jul 30th 2018 report

    hello, I just want to say every now and then I hear a song like this an realize what amazing artists Zeppelin was. From crash rock to this...its crazy. What every this song means it has a special place within me at age 61....

  3. anonymous
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    Aug 4th 2017 report

    It is a teaching of Buddha-Rain

  4. Hebekiah
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    Oct 11th 2016 report

    Part of most answers help, thanks people.
    Rain also comes with and helps the thaw and end the coldness of winter. So it's not just a sign of sadness.
    "Mystery of the quotient", oh baby, what?
    The answer is... given in the next line:
    "Upon us all a little rain must fall"
    Quotient also means that which goes into both sets, that everything in one set (of circumstances) relates to something in the other.
    Cry for tears, cry for joy.
    Who is he giving the tune to? Keepers of the Gloom or someone else? The only two people mentioned are "I", "you" and the KotG. So it could be a love song to gloom...and they're English and you'd better love the gloom to live in that climate.
    I digress.
    Point is, it's all the same set of emotions and conditions mixed in different ways, sometimes we smile in pain or cry when happy.
    Maybe love is the rain bringing both smiles and gloom.

  5. anonymous
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    Aug 14th 2016 report

    Almost all there music and lyrics are mathematical calculations and metaphors for celestial events that have and have not happened. This song represents the second coming of an ancient planet that was knocked out of is orbit by planet earth . The inhabitants of this planet x or nibiru become the first earthlings and loose There aethiricle energy or glow as as we forgotten our connection to the cosmos and nibiru is knocked into a cold and elongated orbit. 270 million years ago . It speaks about the second coming of nibiru from its cold desolate path to ounce again take its place on the orbital path that earth inhabits. Knocking earth into this elongated path nibiru will bring in the old ways of understanding. Aetheric energy and our mastery of it is the fire that grew soo low the second season of my loving is nibiru becoming in habitable again and it's effect on our understanding of the universe will allow us to understand our own energy and what our bodies were designed for to make and take energy change it and send it back out like little power plants . It isn't hard to see me glowing refers to the aura or energy levels increasing in the planets and in us

  6. Elias Harrison
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    Nov 16th 2015 report

    To me this song represents the cycle of being broken hearted to heal(grow) and finally falling in love again. Although the song doesn't state that true and ever lasting love has been found yet, it's very important to understand "the mystery of the quotient" ... "Upon us all a little rain must fall", this reveals to me that in order to appreciate and notice TRUE love we need to experience the lack of it and even pain, BUT by always holding "the torch" we finally come to realize that "it's just a little rain".
    I can't stop thanking led zep for the peace and hope this song brought me after a terrible break up, now this " is the summer of my smiles '.

  7. anonymous
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    Aug 10th 2015 report

    This song is about the "seasons" of loving. The experience of all the seasons- the birth of love- (Spring), when love is new and fresh. The (Summer) comes in the form of intimacy. However, all of us know the coldness of the end of a relationship, when love grows stagnant-(Winter). However- we only truly love in the absence of love- when we continue to nurture and devote ourselves to our soul-mate, even though we don't always feel the "butterflies" in our stomachs. Sometimes we have to let go--and start the cycle again. He metaphorically is speaking of the entire cycle of Love; Love gained, love maintained, and love lost. The rain is how we are nurtured by this experience, only fully known when one experiences ALL of the seasons. We all have the "feeling" of Love in our lifetime, from "time to time."

  8. kooljohn176
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    Apr 14th 2015 report

    LED ZEPPELIN'S beautiful ballad song that reminds me of lovebirds to welcome and honor life of the new spring like the May Queen, emerging from the dualistic gloom of death by the winter to renew their love again, adding a spring sprout between their love to raise while waiting for a little rain to fall upon them all.

  9. anonymous
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    Feb 13th 2015 report

    The song is devoted to a princess who represents the duality of woman. She is held captive half of every year. She becomes even more important later on.

    Its just a little rain.

  10. anonymous
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    Mar 21st 2013 report

    Rain Song ~ led Zeppelin Lyrics From My understanding

    This is the springtime of my loving(Rising of something warm (love) - the second season I am to know (The second season meaning shes making him feel warm inside coming out of cold gloomy depression)
    You are the sunlight in my growing(Hes starting to find love in her and its growing more and more) - so little warmth I've felt before.(He haven't felt this for a while)
    It isn't hard to feel me glowing(It isn't hard to feel my love) - I watched the fire that grew so low.(Talking maybe about his last lover is no longer the fire inside him and he found his 2nd love)

    It is the summer of my smiles(He's happy for once with her) - flee from me Keepers of the Gloom.(fleeing from me keepers of depression)
    Speak to me only with your eyes. It is to you I give this tune. (Speak to me with only your eyes. i give you this song)
    Ain't so hard to recognize - These things are clear to all from
    time to time. (Love from time to time true love is found by many from time to time)

    Talk Talk - I've felt the coldness of my winter (He felt his sadness)
    I never thought it would ever go. I cursed the gloom that set upon us... (He cursed his sadness that set upon them)
    But I know that I love you so (But it doesn't matter he loves her)

    These are the seasons of emotion and like the winds they rise and fall(There's season of emotion rather it be summer you can be feeling winter they rise and fall)
    This is the wonder of devotion - I see the torch we all must hold.(We all hold a torch of hope and love inside)
    This is the mystery of the quotient - Upon us all a little rain must fall.
    (No matter what a little rain must sometimes fall upon us, meaning somtimes we get sad but he talks about a mystery of the quotient meaning naturally rain is good for those to grow)

    Remember there's a lot more meaning behind lyrics <3

  11. anonymous
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    Mar 21st 2013 report

    :) I am 17 i was raised up by my dad listening to led zeppelin, the eagles Ect. all the legends and i usually never liked this song but i one day was feeling down and listened to this song...... it then hit me at the last lyrics. this is my song i will listen to it and pass it onto my kids if i have any music like this keeps me going in life <3

  12. anonymous
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    Aug 16th 2011 report

    I think it's about feeling love or love's spark, after thinking you never could again because of an awful past relationship. The seasons are a metaphor for how we fall in and out of love and the rain, the necessity of having heartbreak

  13. anonymous
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    Apr 17th 2011 report

    A love song wrote after George Harrison told John Bonham that the band should consider writing a balad.

  14. anonymous
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    Apr 15th 2011 report

    I took much from the final words of this song..."This is the mystery of the quotient- Upon us all a little rain must fall, just a little rain" Interesting that the word quotient can mean - the integral part of the result of division - So, perhaps the writer is saying something more about the result of lost love. To me, the mystery could mean what we have learned from the good and the loss. If we allow our experiences of pain or loss help us grow, just like nature we can benefit from the rain.
    I love this song for the actual beauty of it's soft music, then I actually listened to the lyrics and pondered their meaning.
    Now the song is even richer to me.

  15. anonymous
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    Aug 15th 2006 report

    It's about the hard times in life, the lows. The final lyric "upon us all a little rain must fall" tells us that.

    Also I think there are references about depression and mood swings , possibly manic depression. This is because the song swings from summer to winter, "seasons of emotion".

    "Talk talk - I've felt the coldness of my winter
    I never thought it would ever thaw. I cursed the gloom that set upon us..."

    This guy is in a bad place mentally and he thought he would never come back, it was affecting his relationships but love shone through.

    "Flee from me keepers of the gloom" again a referrence to depression.

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