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I heard the old man say
"We need the rain, and I can feel it in my bones; they're aching."
I watch the sky in wait
And wish these waters ease my pain
Because my well is breaking

If you get next to me
And help me find simplicity
Then you could be the one to take me
To break me
And flood my soul

Could you be the one to release me?
Oh, release me
Waiting for your love, oh, to free me
So release me

Gray clouds, they infiltrate
As every move you make
Gets me closer to clarity
While droplet drummers lead a complex beat
Increasing speed
Somehow accompanies our intensities

At first this cloud burst is pulling asunder
Lightning and thunder
Rain falls and you take me under
And flood my soul

Could you be the one to release me?
Oh, release me
Waiting for your love, oh, to free me
So release me

So take off your shoes and stay a while
This might be the right time tonight
If it makes you feel good
Then it makes me feel all right
We should take down the curtains now
And make blankets here on the floor
A torrential downpour
With potential for more
We cease to fight this tension
That ignites us here in the dark
Cause tension causes friction
And this friction leads to sparks
The rain has filled this cup
And before it overflows
I wanna take you in now
Here it goes

Could you be the one to release me?
Oh, release me
Waiting for your love, oh, to free me
So release me

Could you be the one to release me?
Oh, release me
We have just begun
You release me
Oh, release me


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    General CommentAlthough many Mae songs have religious undertones, I have always viewed this song as the build-up of a romatic relationship between two people.

    Throughout the song a storm builds (ie a relationship) that finally climaxes in a torrential down pour too powerful to be held in. I agree with the idea perviously stated that the rain in this song is refering to love. I see the final down pour as the moment two people share intimacy so powerful it boarders on the spiritual.

    A torrential downpour
    With potential for more
    We cease to fight this tension
    That ignites us here in the dark
    Cause tension causes friction
    And this friction leads to sparks

    The rain has filled this cup
    And before it overflows
    I wanna take you in now
    Here it goes

    moonlitnight62on July 14, 2011   Link
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    General CommentAt first this cloud burst is
    Pulling asunder
    Lightning and thunder
    Rain falls and you take me under
    And flood my soul

    The rain has filled this cup and before it overflows
    maeisgoodnesson August 06, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Comment"Cause tension causes friction".
    That is what I hear.
    DevinLynnxon August 14, 2007   Link
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    General Commentthink of rain being love... this song makes me think of somone who's been hurt. "could you be the one to release me? waiting for your love to free me" he's found somone he likes, and the harder it rains, the more he loves her. but he's questioning, are you the 'one'?

    thats my interpretation, but thats only because of past events in my life.
    nekone041on March 21, 2008   Link
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    General CommentEvery now and then the lyrics of a Mae song are pregnant with spiritual faith (Christian faith.) ... this is one of those songs, although obscure enough to be talking about interpersonal relationships (man and woman) ... the lyrics use common scriptural imagery to conjure double entendre inclusive of prophetic longing for the "early and latter rains" to release, fill and establish his "broken well" to "overflowing" ...

    Lets take down our curtains (living authentically with nothing to hide) and let the exposure (uncomfortable / tense but necessary baring of secrets) be a blanket in the shared intimacy with another ... in this case: his Beloved (Savior.) This is the release that he longs for and for which he is willing to endure tension and torrents and lightening and thunder.
    GraceHeadon May 23, 2010   Link
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    General CommentI might be the only one, but I actually get a bit of a sexual undertone here . . . I think this is a really beautiful song with a lot more meaning than just "ooh let's have sex, moremoremore" and I think it talks about a deeper side to intimacy, perhaps the first time? I'm thinking it's like a romance that leads up to the first time for one/both of them.

    The song builds up as their relationship builds up, and the climax of the song refers to the height of intimacy (ie sex) but in a way more like they've been planning it, or they both view sex as more like a really intense form of love rather than just simple physical pleasure.

    Sorry my interpretation is a little less cute! A lot of the other comments on this seem plausible as well.
    catawampuson February 23, 2013   Link

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