"Dirty Rain" as written by and Ryan Adams....
Last time I was here, it was rainin'
It ain't raining anymore
The streets were drowned, and the water's waning
All the runes washed to shore
Now I'm here lookin' through the rubble
Tryin' to find out who we were
Last time I was here, it was rainin'
Ain't rainin' anymore

Last time I was here, you were waitin'
You're not waitin' anymore
The window's broke and the smoke's escapin'
The books scattered across the floor
And the church bells are ringin' through the sirens
And your coat was full of bullet holes
Last time I was here, you were waitin'
You're not waitin' anymore

So, may the wind blow, may the moonlight know your name
So, let the needle move the record 'round
'Til the walls cave in
And you and I are out there dancin' in the dirty rain

Last time I was here, it was rainin'
Like you've never seen it rain
And your eyes were filled with
Terror and smoke from the gasoline
As the stars exploded with gunfire
I saw you smilin' just before
Last night I was here, you were cryin'
You ain't cryin' anymore

So, may the wind blow, may the moonlight know your name
So, let the needle move the record 'round
'Til the walls cave in and you and I are out there
Dancin' in the dirty rain

Ooh in the dirty rain
Mmm in the dirty rain
In the dirty rain


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"Dirty Rain" as written by Ryan Adams

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    My InterpretationI think someone (a former lover) has died via some violent and the song is describing the songwriter going back to the exact place where the events occurred. If you can read through the lyrics thinking about it that way...that message really comes through. Every verse of the song touches on it sort of a factual manner (gunfire, terror, bullet holes, etc.)

    I think the lines between the verses is about his memory of the happy times that relationship brought in general or perhaps, more exclusively, the moment just before this event erupted. The songwriter knows he has to work through the pain (walls caving in) before he can "dance" again with her.

    Great song.
    delirium04on July 22, 2017   Link
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    General CommentI think it's about the demise of a relationship. It sounds as if the last time they were at home together they were in the beginning stages - and being torn to pieces - by the realization that they were breaking up.
    Now time has passed, she's no longer waiting or crying. Although it saddens him, he understands. He even wishes her well. They've done their best to adjust to the fact that they are no longer together. It was a tough blow, but now they are just digging through the rubble of who they were and trying to move on in the process.
    traumermusingon May 19, 2015   Link

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