"I Hear the Rain" as written by and Gordon Gano....





I hear the rain. I hear the rain.

I hear the rain.

Got to kill the pain.

I hear the rain. I hear the rain.

I hear the rain.

Got to kill the pain.



Burry me out on a lone prarie.

Prarie water washin' over me.

Burry me out on a lone prarie.

A friend who calls a coyote.



Burry me out in the lone city.

Sewer water color of my tea.

Burry me out in the lone city.

Sewer water wash we all down to sea.





She use to sit and watch and wait.

Now I think I'll go and sit.



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"I Hear the Rain" as written by Gordon James Gano

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    General CommentAnother version of unrequited love that their early stuff is so good at and I related to so well. I was so glad they were around so I could know others felt like I did.
    gromitwallaceon January 28, 2008   Link
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    General CommentI hear the rain, I hear the rain
    I hear the rain, gotta kill the pain (x2)

    Bury me out on the lone prairie
    Prairie water washin' over me
    Bury me out on the lone prairie
    Friend to the calls of the coyote

    I hear the rain, I hear the rain
    I hear the rain, gotta kill the pain (x2)

    Bury me out in the lone city
    Sewer water crawlin' over my teeth
    Bury me out in the lone city
    Sewer water washed my daughter down the sewer

    I hear the rain, I hear the rain
    I hear the rain, gotta kill the pain (x2)

    She used to sit and watch the rain,
    now I think I'll go insane
    (Repeat, adding harmonies & intensity until break)

    I hear the rain, I hear the rain
    I hear the rain, gotta kill the pain (repeat until end)

    (After 2 repetitions, 2nd voice adds:)
    Bury me out on the lone prairie
    Prairie water washin' over me
    Bury me out on the lone prairie
    Friend to the calls of the Coyote.

    (Here, add in 3rd voice:)
    She used to sit and watch the rain, now I think I'll go insane
    (Repeat until climax).

    I HEAR THE RAIN, I HEAR THE RAIN
    I HEAR THE RAIN

    Should finish with a few xylophone notes.
    invisible77on August 19, 2008   Link
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    General CommentWhat a cool song. Xylophones ROCK!!!
    monster36604on November 20, 2008   Link
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    General CommentLOVE this song.
    ofpartandparcelon December 08, 2009   Link
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    General CommentI'd guess the lyrics are like invisible but a couple of lines don't match what I hear.

    'Sewer water crawlin' over my teeth'
    sewer water color of my tea

    'Sewer water washed my daughter down the sewer'
    Sewer water washed my daughter down to the sea

    I don't know what you guys think but yeah.
    clocksiepirateon March 11, 2010   Link
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    General CommentHa, ha. here is my mondegreen, I always thought the last 2 lines were:
    Jesus ain't watchin' me now
    I think I'll go insane
    david12675on November 05, 2014   Link
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    General CommentThis song is between 'Country Death Song' and 'Never Tell' on the Hallowed ground album - I don't think that's a coincidence. The whole album is a mix of their darkest and most religious early songs, and it thematically approaches being a concept album.

    As @clocksiepirate noted, with what I think are correct lines, the lyrics here are off. The line 'sewer water washed my daughter down to the sea' fits pretty well with Country Death Song's plot, throwing one's youngest daughter into a well. This is probably before he 'hangs himself in shame', but after the murder. The song mentions both city and prairie, and the second has another link to the previous song.

    I think the last lines (other than 'I hear the rain') are 'She used to sit and watching me now, I think I'll go insane', which also fits with the guy who murdered his daughter, took 'a short trip to Hell', and is about to kill himself. Thus, kılling the pain. Of course, kıllıng the pain is also a function of intoxication, which figures into the album too.

    Note that the following song, 'Never Tell', also has someone who may be drowning in the bottom of a river. And, of course, 'It's Gonna Rain' has another take on the same central image to end the album - which is all about faith and sin.
    nathan1149on February 20, 2018   Link

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