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So. Central Rain song meanings
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    General Commentdriver08uk is spot on. It is about waiting for a phone call which is not coming because - unknown to the singer - a flood has washed the phone lines away so as the singer waits for the call he wonders why she is not calling and mentally pulls apart the relationship they have.
    michaelwoodon June 21, 2006   Link
  • +2
    General CommentThis song reeks strongly of regret, this huge chance passed and the narrator couldn't stop it from doing so. or maybe he regrets taking action on it, and quite literally feels sorry to the other for not having the guts to take the chance. on a more personal note, it just sounds so big and haunting, even for a little pop song. rem at their fucking finest.
    ripelivejamon June 29, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentA relationship that never really started but the protagonist wished had......she is going to "Go build yourself another dream, this choice isn't mine"
    thenarratoron September 05, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis is one of my five favorite songs of all time
    ZinbobDanon April 07, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti don't think it's about anything so specific...just about feeling guilty for things that were never in your hands to begin with...or not having the foresight to see an opportunity pass until there's no turning back...
    ZinbobDanon April 30, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General Comment"The wise man built his words upon the rocks
    But I'm not bound to follow suit "
    One of my favourite lyrics ever... I think the song could be about a relationship where two people want different things... he is restless and wants to live and take risks, whereas she wants to settle down - "a girl without a dream". He says I'm sorry, I love you but I've got to move on.
    tgdon December 10, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentA man (Stipe) waiting for a phone call from a loved one, who was trying to get in touch but "the lines were down" due to the rain.
    driver08ukon February 17, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThe song's title has nothing to do with South Central Los Angeles, does it? I assume "south central" is the time zone area in which there was a flood? Or what does it mean?
    stoolhardyon August 10, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentGeographically, the giveaway is in the line "Eastern to Mountain, third party call". The phone call is made between the Eastern Time Zone (eg, Georgia) and the Mountain Time Zone (eg, New Mexico). The phone lines would thus run through Texas, which is the South-Central portion of the United States. A storm there ("south central rain") blocks the call, leading to some problems in the relationship.

    A wise man in the Bible builds his house upon rocks so that water can't wash it away... this phone call is washed away by water... so the singer is unlike the wise man.
    rikdadon August 22, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commentits just about a break up, thats all. waiting for a call, the conversation's dimmed, cities wash away, there's a girl without a dream, go build yourself another dream... its just a break up - the guy is desparate - "I'm sorry" the chaotic instrumentation at the end... a break up
    kakashi18018on July 02, 2007   Link

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