"Rain On The Pretty Ones" as written by and Ed Harcourt....
I'm the hunter who's killed by his dog
I'm the statue burnt down into lead
I'm the problem you don't want to solve
I'm the lover who dies in his bed

So rain on the pretty ones
Your useless lives don't speak to us
Rain on the pretty ones
You leave no footprints in the dust
Adventurous you used to be
But now you seem so dead to me

I'm the doctor with a needle in his arm
I'm the cartoon that makes you feel sad
I'm the secret that everyone has
I'm the cancer that never turns black

So rain on the pretty ones
Your useless lives don't speak to us
Rain on the pretty ones
You leave no footprints in the dust
Adventurous you used to be
But now you seem so dead to me

I'm the actor who's scared to perform
I'm the sunshine that hides in the clouds
I'm the father that couldn't be found
I'm the cuckoo that never flew south
I'm the Christian that cannot forgive
I'm the dreamer who jumps off the bridge
I'm the sinner who hates how he lives
I'm the liar who gets what he gives


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"Rain on the Pretty Ones" as written by Ed Harcourt

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    General CommentI guess to me, this song is about not making assumptions, that when you least expect someone to be a certain way they are for example,"cartoon that makes you feel sad." You wouldn't expect these things to happen or for people to be this way but thats just they way they are, or we are sometimes. The pretty people are always praised, the good comics are always the ones that we laugh at but sometimes dont make a point. Just like the "pretty people" may seem pretty but they don't have anymore than that, they don't leave anything that makes you thing, just a pretty face, that isn't realistic that isn't living. I dont know thats what I got from this song, heck Im only 15 aha
    benjaminteddyon June 02, 2007   Link
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    General CommentTo me, the song feels like a break-up. The narrator has just been dumped and screams out to the world how he was betrayed. "I'm the hunter who's killed by his dog" says it all. His loyal friend turned agaist it, and towards the end he realizes that he's the one to blame. "I'm the liar who gets what he gives"
    Scaremongeringon June 15, 2007   Link
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    My InterpretationI think it's about the tragedies of life, contradictions, ambiguity, loss, fear, death. When he sings: Rain on the pretty ones, you leave no footprints in the dust. In a way it's about these "pretty" and "perfect" people who haven't experienced struggle and who haven't "lived" truly and fully. Life is not only about happiness and perfect shiny facades, it's also about failure, sadness, loss, fear... whitout experiencing hardship you can't really say that you have lived.

    The title: "Rain on the pretty ones", to me, says: Well, since you are hollow and haven't been through any hardships in life, you don't really matter, you're not really human, soo rain on the pretty ones, rain on the perfect and happy people that are not aware of the true nature of life.

    or something.... I don't know
    Freyiaon May 21, 2012   Link

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