"Rain on Tin" as written by Kim Gordon, Thurston Joseph Moore, Lee M. Ranaldo, Steven Jay Shelley and Jim O'rourke....
We all hope
To signal kin
Days of gold
Now rain on tin
Gather round
Gather friends
Never fear
Never again


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"Rain on Tin" as written by Kim Gordon Jim O'rourke

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    General CommentThis song is so great. I was appalled when I saw that the lyrics weren't on here. I'm 14, and a left-wing liberal. This song was written post-9/11, and it is one of Sonic Youth's deepest, most clear messages. See, their studio is on Murray Street, only a few blocks from the Twin Towers, and they couldn't go there for quite a while cause of all the dust and smoke and danger.
    "We all hope
    To signal kin"
    Here they're taking the standpoint of a relative of someone lost in the towers, and they are hoping that that person will be found...or if he/she is not, then they are looking for a sign that he/she is OK and at peace.
    "Rays of gold
    Now rain on tin"
    This is the rubble and debris and everything falling, beating on roofs. Perhaps they used rays of gold to represent the great things the WTC stood for. Rain on tin would be the debris rainging down, hitting roofs.
    "Gather 'round,
    Gather friends"
    Surround yourself with your loved ones, because you don't know when they'll be gone.
    "Never fear
    Never again."
    This means to be strong. We can totally hold our own against terrorists (WITHOUT HAVING TO INVADE INNOCENT COUNTRIES LIKE IRAQ THAT HAD NOTHING TO DO WITH THE ATTACKS), and if we don't show that we are weak, if we band together, and unite our goals and ideals, then nothing can affect us again.
    curlygirlon November 14, 2004   Link
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    General CommentWithout political reference ( as seen above ), this is Sonic Youth's guitar masterpiece. Im not so sure if its about 9/11 though...
    The_Lost_Messiahon December 24, 2004   Link
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    General CommentFrom modernfix.com

    "The only song on that record that maybe came out of contemplation about [9/11], is the song called 'Rain On Tin', where I really just wrote those lyrics afterwards. They're written more about the fact that we were all sort of gathered up here for awhile, all these different families up here. It was written more from that kind of perspective, less about anything else. It was somewhat abstracted from being specific about September 11th. It was just about people getting together and help each other kind of thing. Those lyrics were more so coming out of the event. I don't think there's any other song on the record that has that sort of connotation."
    mutton_manon June 05, 2006   Link
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    General CommentForgot to mention that Thurston Moore said that...
    mutton_manon June 05, 2006   Link
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    My InterpretationI've never come across anyone who has the same idea about this song that I do, so I'll assume I'm hearing things that aren't really there. But here goes anyway. I loved this song long before I knew it was about the twin towers attack but from the very first time I heard it the part that begins at around 2:58 made me picture jets taking off. I don't mean the music sounds like jets, I just mean that I would get an image in my mind of jets taking off. I never really thought much of it until I did find out the song has a lot to do with the attack. Once I realized that, the rest kind of came together. Starting around 3:27 it sounds like the two guitars playing off each other are two planes coming from different directions but heading toward the same point in space at approx 3:38. The rest I think is pretty clear. From 4:15 to 4:43 the fires get hotter and hotter, the steel gets weaker and weaker as a horrific day comes to it's horrific climax. Then, collapse. I'm sure it's just a coincidence that this part lasts right around 20 secs which is the total time the two towers took to collapse. So yeah, that's what I hear, maybe I'm crazy but give it a listen and see what you think.
    megasmackyon September 08, 2013   Link

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