"The Rain Song" as written by and Robert Anthony Plant James Patrick (jimmy) Page....
It 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, oh

It is the summer of my smiles
Flee from me, keepers of the gloom
Speak to me only with your eyes
It is to you I give this tune
Ain't so hard to recognize, oh
These things are clear to all from time to time, ooh

Oh, oh
Oh, oh

Oh
Talk talk, talk, talk
Hey, I felt the coldness of my winter
I never thought it would ever go
I cursed the gloom that set upon us, 'pon us, 'pon us, 'pon us
But I know that I love you so
Oh, but I know
That I love you so
These are the seasons of emotion
And like the wind, they rise and fall
This is the wonder of devotion
I see the torch
We all must hold
This is the mystery of the quotient, quotient
Upon us all, upon us all a little rain must fall
Just a little rain, oh
Ooh, yeah-yeah-yeah


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"The Rain Song" as written by Robert Plant Jimmy Page

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  • +9
    My Interpretationso i was bored one day and was listening to this song, and using some other comments i wrote a small text document about what i thought the song was about. should probably share it since the previous comments helped me understand the song.i was also on drugs when i wrote it so it may seem a bit out there...ha.

    The opening of the song is surreal and seems a bit trippy. It has a somber sound, and it makes it seem as if the song is a sad one. But after careful dissection of the lyrics, it is clearly about the ups and downs of love, not the complete loss of love. The season metaphor is present throughout the song, and it is a brilliant metaphor at that. This opening stanza to me symbolizes the beginning of what Plant thought of as true love, which he juxtaposes with spring, and how it grows into warmth. The rain in the spring is not sad, rather a beginning. It is rain which brings the beauty of spring and summer to life. The line "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" is about how his love makes him feel...She is the "sunlight" that causes him to grow as a person, and it is a feeling that has never been felt in his life (so little warmth i've felt before). He is so happy with her that he is so outwardly obvious about his happiness (it isn’t hard to feel me glowing), and he watches their love grow from a spark to a fire (i watched the fire that grew so low).

    The following stanza to me is far less in depth, as he is now using the summer metaphor to describe how his love is present. He casts away any sadness, and then he gives his dedication to his woman, saying that he wants to look into her through her eyes, and he feels that he is able to do such. He then says "Ain't so hard to recognize - These things are clear to all from time to time." This line to me is him saying that he is convinced that he had found true love, and that every now and again things that someone is absolutely certain about become clear, as his love for his woman has become totally clear to him.

    The third stanza is a bit of a retraction, as he is recalling the sadness he used to have. The weird thing about this song is that one single word in this stanza can change the entire meaning of the song. For years i thought the line was "I never though you would ever go," which would insinuate that he had lost his love. Only recently, when i looked at the liner notes of the LP, did i notice the line was "it would ever go," a reference to the winter. The winter to him symbolized loneliness and his lack of love for a woman in his life, and he never thought he would escape the wretches and toil that winter sets upon some people. And from here starts the notion that there will be bumps in a relationship, as noted by "I curse the gloom that set upon us," but throughout all of the gloom he knows that he will still love her.

    The final stanza summarizes the song and the idea Plant tried to convey. Love is just like the seasons, and like the winds they will rise and fall...there will be ups and downs. The wonder of devotion to one person, he see the feelings (the torch) that we all must have in a relationship. The term quotient refers to division or in the case of this song, proportion. The mystery is that we need to have a balance of sorrow and jubilation, and that it is inevitable, as undesirable sorrow may be. The final line sums up the song: "Upon us all, a little rain must fall...just a little rain..." The rain of course in this case being the sad times in a relationship.
    flipsaari2on May 20, 2009   Link
  • +5
    General CommentThis song makes me wish I'd lived in 70's.

    Growing up in a time with such crap as Linkin Park really depresses me when I hear a song like The Rain Song. The sheer beauty and feeling in the lyrics and guitar (the guitar!) makes everything in my generation sound half-baked, disconnected, manufactured.

    The song itself is a masterpiece; I can't believe I didn't hear about it before I heard it. Here's my take on the lyrics: this person loved somebody who didn't necessarily love them back. Then the lover thinks the lovee loves him, and he gets his hopes up (the summer of my smiles--the warmth of love). Finally, the lovee hooks up with someone else, and the lover is disappointed, but figures this is just the way things go.

    The acoustics of this song are simply phenomenal. The guitars, the piano...again, you simply don't get this in new music.
    bring_it_backon June 15, 2004   Link
  • +5
    General Commentre: Quotient
    A quotient refers to division, or in this case, proportion. The "mystery of the quotient" is that our lives have a balance or sorrow and jubilation.
    Branciforteon March 20, 2008   Link
  • +4
    General CommentLike most Zep fans, it is nearly impossible to tag any of their songs as "the best" or as your favorite... there are just too many works of art to choose from!

    This song is definitely one of my favorites, no doubt. I would say that it is their most emotionally touching work.

    As for the song itself, I think many fans are missing the true meaning of the song. It is not about a dead or dying relationship that has run its course. It is about a vibrant and growing one. The first verse speaks of the "winter" in the past tense, as does the third.

    The key verse to me is not the last one - it merely states the fact that rain WILL fall on us. It is the previous verse that really hits me:

    "This is the wonder of devotion - I see the torch we all must hold."

    Our relationships are destined to have "winters", some short and some long, but if you are devoted to your loved one, the torch of love will see you through the rain.
    byteskaton July 18, 2008   Link
  • +3
    General CommentIs it just me or is this the most soothing song of all time?
    Insane_Jon September 14, 2002   Link
  • +3
    General CommentIt seems that everyone is missing the point of the website--"song meanings". I think there are probabaly other sites out there named "who thinks they are smart", and "who is the greatest Led Zeppelin fan" or even "I am bette than you.com" or something like that.

    Anyways, the Rain Song is not a tenuous reference to a bible quote, nor is it some cheap attempt at a ballad. Sure, Harrison may have helped influence the song, but ultimately, it is a love song.

    The song deals with a relationahip that has gone sour, but will be rekindled once again. The winter is the time that things aren't going that smoothly, the spring time is the relationship beginning again. Sunlight, rain is all love. you need sunlight and water to grow a plant, which in this case, is the love or relationship.

    Ultimately, this song proabably deals with Robert Plants usually tumultuous relationship with wife, but really, it applies to everyone.

    Great song.

    ps> Music is not black and white, and there is no way to quantify one song versus another. The comparisons and judgements based upon Stairway is ridiculous.
    binghiskhanon May 09, 2006   Link
  • +2
    General CommentIts simply retarded how u ppl dont understand stairway is not the only freakin Zep song that is good with over 500 comments (read them all, some ppl are idiots some are true fans), its a shame that the Rain Song isnt honored as it should be, just goes to show most ppl on this site are only wanna be's, the song basically is love and thats it as most Zep songs are.
    Bonzo is watchingon December 18, 2004   Link
  • +2
    General Comment Well, it is simple. This song is about lost love, new love, and the loneliness it replaced.
    Hence "This is the springtime of my loving; the second season I'm to know....." The singer lost his passion...and his love... "I watched the fire that grew so low...." His new love has enervated him...."You are the sunlight in my growing". OK? "So little warmth, I've felt before"..... He lost his love, his world had turned cold and dark and gray......She gave him sunlight and,,,,,,,,well c'mon people!!!!!!!! And.....
    Emotions rise and fall, and, in any event, a little rain MUST fall. (Shit happens!!!) But in the end, his new love came and saved him. (Our intrepid hero! !!).......
    I can relate to this song in a VERY real way. For 10 years now; so I have had a long time to think about it and put it into perspective. Anyhoo....keep loving the ZEP!!!!!!
    Oh, and make sure you go on YouTube and look up videos for the "Band of Joy". It is a pre-Zeppelin Plant and Bonham group. Way cool...................BYE
    JOE
    joesss59on May 29, 2010   Link
  • +1
    General CommentWow! I can't believe nobody has commented on this! This song reminds me of when I really liked this guy Mickey and he fucked with my head, played me, and broke my heart. So it always makes me kinda sad when I listen to it, because the song talks about how loving someone a lot is amazing, but how there's also always rain falling on the fire...and that's how I felt. I was in love (lust?) and my fire got rained on.
    PeaceGypsy420on June 17, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General CommentIsn't sad to listen to this song and then listen to the music of our generation.....man, Led Zeppelin surely had 4 incredible musicians (the best at each instrument). Deep deep lyrics and beautiful music.
    RAin_fULon April 10, 2003   Link

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