Well the rain came down on Elgin Ave.
And the faces on the bus look sad
As the man with the umbrella hails a cab
And the sky is looking mean and grey
And tomato is the soup today
As the homeless lay out plastic on the ground

She takes this chance to start anew
With a hotel sample free shampoo
And her hair is old and baby blue

Rain, rain, don't go away
I'm glad you came and I hope you stay
And you couldn't have come on a better day

Now the rain floods my flowerbed
And the garbage can with the missing lid
They blame it on those no-good meddling kids

She can't be more than seventeen
And sleeping in a bank machine
And beating up and old tambourine

While the old man strums an old guitar
A silverstone with a whammy bar
As someone shouts insults from their car

Rain, rain, don't go away
I'm glad you came and I hope you stay
And you couldn't have come on a better day

My kitchen window leads to the roof
Where nothing's safe or waterproof
And it feels like a giant pirate ship

And the barber sweeps up all the hair
And he falls asleep in his barber's chair
And the smell of disinfectant fills the air

The old man finds a cigarette
By the pharmacy at Somerset
And he's standing there all soaking wet

Rain, rain, don't go away
I'm glad you came and I hope you stay
And you couldn't have come on a better
I couldn't get any wetter
You couldn't have come on a better day


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Elgin Ave. song meanings
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    General Commentthis one is obviously about elgin ave in ottawa, but i think it serves as a powerful reminded about being homeless, poor or simply down your luck, to those who are fortunte, at many of danny's shows in the winter her minds the audience to dig deeper into their pockets when they see a homeless person, it's a wonderful song, with a wonderful message
    dustytigeron June 17, 2005   Link
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    General CommentIt's actually Elgin Street in Ottawa. He didn't realize that until after he had wrote the song and it didn't rhyme, so he left it that way.

    Great Song.
    smithboy89on January 19, 2007   Link

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