"Raining In Baltimore" as written by Charles Gillingham, Matthew Malley and Adam Duritz....
This circus is falling down on its knees
The big top is crumbling down
It's raining in Baltimore fifty miles east
Where you should be, no one's around

I need a phone call
I need a raincoat
I need a big love
I need a phone call

These train conversations are passing me by
And I don't have nothing to say
You get what you pay for
But I just had no intention of living this way

I need a phone call
I need a plane ride
I need a sunburn
I need a raincoat

And I get no answers
And I don't get no change
It's raining in Baltimore, baby
But everything else is the same

There's things I remember and things I forget
I miss you
I guess that I should
Three thousand five hundred miles away
But what would you change if you could?

I need a phone call
Maybe I should buy a new car
I can always hear a freight train
If I listen real hard
And I wish it was a small world
Because I'm lonely for the big towns
I'd like to hear a little guitar
I think it's time to put the top down

I need a phone call
I need a raincoat


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"Raining in Baltimore" as written by Charles Thomas Gillingham Adam Fredric Duritz

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  • +4
    General Comment This song is my favorite from August and Everything After. To me, the song's about being in such a bad place and everything around you is falling apart and you see yourself falling with it. You're doing everything possible to keep yourself sane, but you miss someone so much that it eats away at you. All you need is a distraction; a phone call, a plane ride, a sun burn. Maybe then you won't feel so lonely...
    txsnowbunnyon March 09, 2002   Link
  • +2
    General CommentWell, Adam Duritz is FROM Baltimore. [Yay, Maryland.]
    and he actually moved from there to Sacremento, CA, where they started Counting Crows.
    So, it could be about missing someone he once knew in Baltimore. Or just Baltimore in general.
    God knows there's nothing better than Charm City.
    shaunaREVENGEon September 04, 2010   Link
  • +2
    General CommentI need something to shield out the hurt (rain coat), something to cover it up (sunburn), something to remind me its still there (phonecall), something to drown it out (new car, plane ride). Its a song about leaving someone you love behind because there is bigger and better things to do, but that old small town really brings back memories. Its about growing up, pushing through the hard times. That sorrow really makes itself obvious hearing the song live, but the record does a good job capturing that raw emotional feel.
    crowcounteron September 28, 2010   Link
  • +1
    General Commenti LOVE this song!! it is so amazingly beautiful, i always get a little misty eyed when i hear it i admit...its just so melancholy. favorite line:
    "there's things i remember, there's things i forget
    i miss you, i guess that i should
    3,500 miles away
    what would you change if you could?"
    i listened to this song a lot after i moved away, so i can really relate to it
    CountMyCrowson May 14, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General Commentthis songs does me in too. i am at a confused time in my life. as in round here ive contemplated jumping. i also contemplate of leaving and going some odd thousand miles away. I try to find out why or where these ideas come from but the mood in the song reflects mine right now. we all know the grass is always greener on the other side until we get there. then we see that the grass wasnt so bad where we came from. i have 2 choices to make and either way im gonna miss making the one i didnt. but now im rambling so ill close....
    Disarmon May 22, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General Commentwhat does this song mean to me.. hmm.

    i think he's talking about how great the place where he is USED to be, before whoever it is moved away from him. Because if you think about it a place can be so absolutely wonderful when you're with someone you love..but once they leave you there alone ("where you should be no ones around") you finally start seeing all the imperfections of the place that you couldn't see before because when you're with that one person you love everything around you is a blur.

    I don't know, thats how I see it though.
    emoBABY407on August 29, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI feel like this song is about a man, adam, who has trouble commiting so he moves away...to bltimore. but he gets incredibly lovesick there because he was in love. it was his love that drove him away, but also his love that makes him need to go back so badly.
    its about how mixed being in love can be and how you dont know what your missing untill its gone
    spydermunkie101on September 24, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commentas my sister pointed out these could be real needs, not distractions. it feels as if adam is walking down the street.. noticing that they're taking down the circus tent in this city "the big top is crubling down". and here comes the needs- he needs a phone call (from a girl?) he needs a plane ride (he needs to go to her?) he needs a sunburn (he wants to be in warm sunny florida with her, getting a sunburn, where it isn't raining?) and finally he needs a raincoat (because when you're walking down the street thinking, and it's raining, you need a raincoat).

    phaty4on May 07, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis is the first CC song I ever heard - I always thought it was about the guy who'd left his girl and moved somewhere remote, but she doesn't seem to care - "Three thousand five hundred miles away But what would you change if you could?". It feels like he regrets getting mad and leaving - "I miss you, I guess that I should."
    I don't know if it's physical or metaphorical, but I know it's a great song!
    Lilac Wineon May 08, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThe song is about being 50 miles from nowhere and wanting to be somewhere else with someone that you miss, but also realising that you set this situation up for yourself.
    Evil_Elfon July 20, 2002   Link

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