"Rainbow's Cadillac" as written by and Bruce Hornsby....
He came to town with a strong pull
Would flash his moves for the worshipful
Shoulder moves from side to side
Go over your head, and dot your eyes

Every night about a quarter to ten
From the middle of June till the summer's end
People would gather from miles around
To see the mighty Rainbow knock 'em down

He'd pull up from around the back
Folks say, "There's Rainbow's Cadillac"
Fancy shirts and shorts of plaid
Coat of more colors than Joseph had

Every night about a quarter to ten
From the middle of June till the summer's end
People would gather from miles around
To see the mighty Rainbow knock 'em down

Take a quarter form the collection plate
Every night he would dominate
Jump to the topand pick off a dime
Throw it down at the proper time

Every night about a quarter to ten
From the middle of June till the summer's end
People would gather from miles around
To see the mighty Rainbow knock 'em down


Lyrics submitted by Reynard Muldrake

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    General CommentWho is Rainbow? Why does he drive a cadillac? Who is he knocking down? Is he a boxer? Anybody?
    Reynard Muldrakeon February 05, 2006   Link
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    General CommentWho is Rainbow? Why does he drive a cadillac? Who is he knocking down? Is he a boxer? Anybody?
    Reynard Muldrakeon February 05, 2006   Link
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    General CommentIt's about a basketball star in a small town.
    misha01on November 27, 2007   Link
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    General CommentIt's about a basketball star in a small town.
    misha01on November 27, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI truly love this song and have thought a lot about it. Maybe my imagination ran away with me. I see Rainbow being an old blues type piano player and He would play at a seasonal road house in Canada or the UP. Hence from the middle of June to the summer's end. He wore a coat that had all the colors of the rainbow and the patrons knew he was playing when his Cadillac in the parking lot. His animated shoulder movements would indicate his passion. Dotting your eyes would be bringing the sounds to you that you love here. The collection plate was his only form of pay for his work. He was so good that people would come from miles around to hear him play. That's what I felt all along. Oh, Well.
    rweingarton August 11, 2016   Link
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    My InterpretationI always see Rainbow as a travelling old time revival minister. Collection plate - every night (back in the day) the revival would hold a service - people came far and wide from other churches (the far and wide bit).

    Knocking 'em down refers to the "Heal!" part of the revival sermons.
    duna6430on May 03, 2017   Link

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