"Black Rain" as written by Timothy James Rice-oxley, Tom Chaplin, Richard David Hughes and Jesse Quin....
I open my eyes, everything shines
I swim as the breeze blows down the coast
Down on my luck, breathing my last
Dirty old hands carry me home

Red sky turning round
Black rain falling down
If you've got love
You better hope that that's enough
Sandstorm cuts your skin
Black clouds circling
If you've got love
You better hope that that's enough

You came from the south
To Lebanon shores
Folding our clothes,
Dived in too deep
The blackest of seas glittering red
Lit by the fire over our heads

Red sky turning round
Black rain falling down
If you've got love
You better hope that that's enough
Sandstorm cuts your skin
Songbirds circling
If you've got love
You'd better hope that that's enough

You'd better hope that that's enough


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"Black Rain" as written by Richard David Hughes Jesse Quin

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    Lyric CorrectionI don't know if i'm correct or not, I don't have the lyric booklet on hand, but I think the first verse goes

    "Down on my luck, breathing my last
    dirty your hands, carry me home."

    That's what I always hear, at least.

    I don't know why this song doesn't have any comments. I think it's remarkable in how eerie and quiet it sounds. There's a certain feeling that it evokes exceedingly well.

    Whatever it's about, the song has a general feeling of emptiness, despondence, eerie quiet, a void. I think there are a vast number of possible correct interpretations.
    NimEdelweisson August 17, 2012   Link
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    My Interpretation"Red sky turning round
    Black rain falling down"

    I'm thinking Operation Desert Storm? The burning oil fields are what come to mind from those lines. Might be just me.
    fickyeahon November 04, 2012   Link
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    General CommentIt's about war.
    Tim Rice-Oxley explained the song's meaning: "Every album of ours has a song on it that talks about war, and on Strangeland this is the song. I feel the tone of the song, a bit like the movie, is more about trying to understand, and seeing things from a very human point of view - which is in keeping with the atmosphere of the album as a whole. It's one of the pieces of music of which we're most proud."
    aleiksandron September 24, 2015   Link

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