Chocolate Rain
Some stay dry and others feel the pain
Chocolate Rain
A baby born will die before the sin

Chocolate Rain
The school books say it can't be here again
Chocolate Rain
The prisons make you wonder where it went

Chocolate Rain
Build a tent and say the world is dry
Chocolate Rain
Zoom the camera out and see the lie

Chocolate Rain
Forecast to be falling yesterday
Chocolate Rain
Only in the past is what they say

Chocolate Rain
Raised your neighborhood insurance rates
Chocolate Rain
Makes us happy 'livin in a gate

Chocolate Rain
Made me cross the street the other day
Chocolate Rain
Made you turn your head the other way

(Chorus)
Chocolate Rain
History quickly crashing through your veins
Chocolate Rain
Using you to fall back down again
[Repeat]

Chocolate Rain
Seldom mentioned on the radio
Chocolate Rain
Its the fear your leaders call control

Chocolate Rain
Worse than swearing worse than calling names
Chocolate Rain
Say it publicly and you're insane

Chocolate Rain
No one wants to hear about it now
Chocolate Rain
Wish real hard it goes away somehow

Chocolate Rain
Makes the best of friends begin to fight
Chocolate Rain
But did they know each other in the light?

Chocolate Rain
Every February washed away
Chocolate Rain
Stays behind as colors celebrate

Chocolate Rain
The same crime has a higher price to pay
chocolate Rain
The judge and jury swear it's not the face

(Chorus)

Chocolate Rain
Dirty secrets of economy
Chocolate Rain
Turns that body into GDP

Chocolate Rain
The bell curve blames the baby's DNA
Chocolate Rain
But test scores are how much the parents make

Chocolate Rain
'Flippin cars in France the other night
Chocolate Rain
Cleans the sewers out beneath Mumbai

Chocolate Rain
'Cross the world and back its all the same
Chocolate Rain
Angels cry and shake their heads in shame

Chocolate Rain
Lifts the ark of paradise in sin
Chocolate Rain
Which part do you think you're 'livin in?

Chocolate Rain
More than 'marchin more than passing law
Chocolate Rain
Remake how we got to where we are.

(Chorus)


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  • +8
    General CommentThis song is really obviously about racism. Most of it actually makes perfect sense.

    Chocolate Rain
    Some stay dry and others feel the pain

    Basically, some people are "lucky" enough to be born white, and not have to deal with racism on a day to day issues.

    Chocolate Rain
    A baby born will die before the sin

    Dunno. Possible reference to higher infant mortality in black people.

    Chocolate Rain
    The school books say it can't be here again

    The education system glosses over issues of racism, and paints a world of racial equality, even though that’s far from the truth.

    Chocolate Rain
    The prisons make you wonder where it went

    Basically, “If racism is gone, how come black people are over-represented in prison?”

    Chocolate Rain
    Build a tent and say the world is dry

    People rationalise and generalise about how there are some very successful black people thank you very much….

    Chocolate Rain
    Zoom the camera out and see the lie

    …but when you take a look at the broader perspective that argument comes undone.

    Chocolate Rain
    Forecast to be falling yesterday

    It’s happening today…

    Chocolate Rain
    Only in the past is what they say

    Even though people try to say that racism has died out

    Chocolate Rain
    Raised your neighborhood insurance rates
    Chocolate Rain
    Makes us happy 'livin in a gate


    Both of these lines refer to the perceived higher crime rate in suburbs with many black people, and to people who move into gated communities to avoid “those kind of people”

    Chocolate Rain
    Made me cross the street the other day

    Crossing the street to avoid a *insert minority here*

    Chocolate Rain
    Made you turn your head the other way

    Ignoring the plight of others because they’re a different race.

    (Chorus)
    Chocolate Rain
    History quickly crashing through your veins
    Chocolate Rain
    Using you to fall back down again
    [Repeat]

    Chocolate Rain
    Seldom mentioned on the radio

    Duh.

    Chocolate Rain
    Its the fear your leaders call control

    Refers to political conservatives who appeal to a racist voter base.

    Chocolate Rain
    Worse than swearing worse than calling names

    Again, duh.

    Chocolate Rain
    Say it publicly and you're insane

    Refers to the incident where comedian Michael Richards called audience members niggers. He was later quoted as saying “I'm not a racist. That's what's so insane about this.”

    Chocolate Rain
    No one wants to hear about it now
    Chocolate Rain
    Wish real hard it goes away somehow

    Again, referring to people’s desire to just avoid the problem and hope it goes away.

    Chocolate Rain
    Makes the best of friends begin to fight
    Chocolate Rain
    But did they know each other in the light?

    Racism causes divisiveness.

    Chocolate Rain
    Every February washed away
    Chocolate Rain
    Stays behind as colors celebrate

    Not sure about this one.

    Chocolate Rain
    The same crime has a higher price to pay

    Black people frequently get harsher sentences for the same crimes as white people.

    chocolate Rain
    The judge and jury swear it's not the face

    See above. Deny it all you like but racism DOES have a hand in sentencing.

    (Chorus)

    Chocolate Rain
    Dirty secrets of economy
    Chocolate Rain
    Turns that body into GDP

    Possible reference to unfair trade practices that exploit the African worker.

    Chocolate Rain
    The bell curve blames the baby's DNA

    This is a reference to the fact that black people score, on average, 15 points lower on the I.Q. ‘bell curve’. Racist idiots claim that this is because black people are inherently inferior, i.e. it’s “in their DNA”. However…

    Chocolate Rain
    But test scores are how much the parents make

    It’s been proven that the difference is in fact a function of socioeconomic disadvantage, rather than genetic background.

    Chocolate Rain
    'Flippin cars in France the other night

    No idea about this one.

    Chocolate Rain
    Cleans the sewers out beneath Mumbai

    Possible reference to the Caste system in India, and how the lower “untouchable” caste is forced to do all of the really dirty jobs (i.e. sewer worker)

    Chocolate Rain
    'Cross the world and back its all the same
    Chocolate Rain
    Angels cry and shake their heads in shame

    Racism = terrible

    Chocolate Rain
    Lifts the ark of paradise in sin
    Chocolate Rain
    Which part do you think you're 'livin in?

    Chocolate Rain
    More than 'marchin more than passing law
    Chocolate Rain
    Remake how we got to where we are

    Reference to the civil rights movement.
    Breetaion August 12, 2007   Link
  • +3
    General Comment**I move away from the mic to breathe in
    Tay Zondayon July 25, 2007   Link
  • +2
    General CommentChocolate rain clearly represents the idea of racism and slavery.
    dScanon August 10, 2007   Link
  • +2
    General Comment"Chocolate Rain
    The same crime has a higher price to pay
    chocolate Rain
    The judge and jury swear it's not the face"

    I think that could mean that it's atleast PARTLY about discrimination, most likely towards colored people. "The same crime has a higher price to pay," meaning a black person's punishment is worse than say, a white person's, just because they're a different race. And then "The judge and jury swear it's not the face," meaning exactly what it says. They swear they're not being biased, and that their decision relies nothing on the color of their skin. Tay Zonday could also mean discrimination in general, not just towards colored people, because although it's not as common as it used to be, it's still a big problem.

    It's a great song. Really something you have to think about.
    Corton August 11, 2007   Link
  • +2
    General CommentThe "flippin cars in France the other night" line most likely refers to the riots going on in France in 2005...I don't know much about it but I know that it had to do with racism towards North African immigrants.
    greencoloredpencilon August 30, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General CommentWell done Breetai. I seriously thought it was just nonsense with no meaning until you dissected it.

    'Flippin cars in France the other night

    is most likely a reference to the 20 days of riots in France in 2005, where race and socioeconomic factors played a big role.
    gd_edion August 12, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General CommentFebruary is Black History Month which may or may not tie into the line:

    "Chocolate Rain
    Every February washed away
    Chocolate Rain
    Stays behind as colors celebrate"
    blastprocessing0on August 13, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General Commentevery February washed away

    I think its referring to Black History Month
    xsteadyxasxyouxgoxon August 21, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General Commentbreetai:

    February is Black history month btw.
    wildmustangon December 26, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis song is clearly about the hardships of being an african american in modern day american.

    Chocolate Rain
    The same crime has a higher price to pay
    chocolate Rain
    The judge and jury swear it's not the face

    *Racism in the courts, the thought that black individuals are more easily and severely accused than the majorities.

    Chocolate Rain
    The school books say it can't be here again
    Chocolate Rain
    The prisons make you wonder where it went

    *We were taught that racism is a thing of the past, and has been defeated. If so, then why are the jails so full of blacks?

    Chocolate Rain
    Every February washed away
    Chocolate Rain
    Stays behind as colors celebrate

    This is the most obvious indication that the song is complaining about the hardships. February is African American Freedom month. It is the one month of the year they are officially recognized. Every year the month is washed away and forgotten.

    This song is clearly talking about racism. It holds true in every single statement.
    kriskacynskion December 07, 2009   Link

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