"Hold Back the Rain" as written by Roger Andrew Taylor, John Taylor, Andy Taylor, Simon Le Bon and Nick Rhodes....
We're miles away from nowhere
And the wind doesn't have a name
So call it what you want to call it
Still blows down the lane

People tell me, I haven't changed at all
But I don't feel the same
And I bet you've had that feeling too
You can't laugh all the time

And if the fires burn out there's only fire to blame
(Hold back the rain)
No time for worry 'cause we're on the roam again
(Hold back the rain)
The clouds all scatter and we ride the outside lane
(Hold back the rain)
Not on your own so help me please, hold back the rain

So what if the words ain't rhyming
Did you think that it's just a game
I probably didn't even say that right
And I really don't give a damn

Okay go off and wander
I'm guilty just the same
Sometimes you're needed badly
So please come back again

And if the fires burn out there's only fire to blame
(Hold back the rain)
No time for worry 'cause we're on the roam again
(Hold back the rain)
The clouds all scatter and we ride the outside lane
(Hold back the rain)
Not on your own so help me please, hold back the rain

And if the stars burn out, there's only fire to blame
(Hold back the rain)
No time for worry 'cause we're on the roam again
(Hold back the rain)
The clouds all scatter and we ride the outside lane
(Hold back the rain)
Not on your own so help me please, hold back the rain

Hold back the rain
Hold back the rain
Hold back the rain
Hold back the rain
Hold back the rain
Hold back the rain
Hold back the rain
Hold back the rain


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"Hold Back the Rain" as written by John Taylor Andy Taylor

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    General CommentWciąż lubię tę piosenkę i powracam do niej mimo, że upłynęło już tyle lat.
    basik273on April 06, 2010   Link
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    General CommentI heard that Simon wrote this song for John and that it's about drug addiction. I'm dead serious. I know everyone always says a song's about drug addiction if they can't understand it but this is what I read somewhere.
    Canadaon March 28, 2005   Link
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    General CommentCanada, I read the same thing (about Simon writing this to John regarding his addictions). Some lines really bring it home to me, like the second and (especially) last verses. Heard the same thing about Vertigo, btw.
    talynnon April 01, 2005   Link
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    General CommentIMO i think the night versions remix is better than the original. Can see the references to addictions, but it can also be interpreted in different ways
    ironman84on June 26, 2005   Link
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    General CommentThis was on a Behind the Music special-Simon wrote it for John. He slipped it under Johns hotel room door after he had wrote it.
    michelle72on February 24, 2006   Link
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    General Commenti love this song!!!
    M_C_R_5_5_5on July 25, 2006   Link
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    General CommentThe original is much better than the crappy remixes that you get on all recordings today. If you can find the original that's the best. It has guitar playing not heard on the remixes. And one of the remixes cuts the song in half.

    You know it's the original if has a muddy guitar chord hit after the first chorus at 1:32..
    zaqwert777on November 04, 2007   Link
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    General Commenti didin't know John had drug problems at that time.. i thought it was only around 1988 or something when it was err too obvious to see. i mean, he did look like a skeleton, poor John.

    i like this song soo much. amongst my fav DD.
    carrotkinson December 22, 2007   Link
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    General CommentAt first I could not believe that this song was about John's drug addiction. I love this song and I agree about the remix, It;s ok but I like the original more.
    XxSeventhStrangerXxon September 24, 2008   Link
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    General CommentJust converted my album to an mp3 and the original Rio version (of that whole album) is better than all other short versions even though John has added more bass lines. It's slow and Andy's guitar gets muffled. All of Simon's commentary, just like on My Own Way, the extra stuff gets cut out and this song always reminds me of what kind of driver I was in high school, driving 85mph in a 35 mph zone just trying to race someone. And hey, I graduated in 1996, so this song has stood the test of time. When I saw them playing this song in San Francisco's Fillmore back in July of 09', it was the best thing about the concert cuz I had never seen them play this ever.
    aztecrockeron January 07, 2010   Link

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