"She Gathers Rain" as written by and Ed Roland....
Today she dresses
For the change she's facing now
And the storm that's raging
A safe haven she has found
She doesn't care
What the prophets say anymore
For the love she had
She has no more
So she gathers rain
She gathers rain
To rinse away all her guilt and pain
She gathers rain
She gathers rain
To wash and cleanse and make her whole again
Her imagination
Has started stretching wide
And her new conviction
No longer will she hide
She's not branded
When prophets speak words of fire
The same love she gives
She requires
So she gathers rain
She gathers rain
To rinse away all her guilt and pain
She gathers rain
She gathers rain
To wash and cleanse and make her whole again


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"She Gathers Rain" as written by Ed Roland

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    General CommentGreat Song.

    This song, it seems very likely and is how I interpret it, is about a female person who breaks free of religious dogma. She has realized the horrible truth about organized religion and wants something more in life....to think clearly and open minded about the possibilities in this world. And now that she has done that, she feels great and free about she sees the world.

    First Verse: She has decided to stop mindlessly following a particular religion("she's doesn't care what the prophets say anymore"). And she is ready to face any possible negative attitudes towards this decision from people surrounding her. She won't back down.

    Chorus: "she gathers rain to rinse away her guilt and pain"-----Rain is natural, no supernatural phenomena or god is needed to account for it. This is a metaphor for rational thought and she is using this rational awareness to stop any irrational guilt, etc from renouncing her faith or religion.

    Verse 2: +"her imagination has started stretching wide"--she is realizing how much potential, for her, there is in this world now that she sees things clearly and in a new light.
    +"And her new conviction no longer will she hide"---her new conviction(or new strong belief) is that she doesn't believe in that particular religion and she is seeing natural explanations for the world.
    +"she's not branded when the prophets speak words of fire"----she won't be scared into believing anything.(example, so commonly being told "you are going to hell" if you dont belief, etc.)
    +"the same love she gives, she requires"---she realizes that you can't love something imaginary(ie, god)
    paul2020on August 06, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI am not entirely sure, but I think this song is about wanting to wash away the past. Any other suggestions?
    lilpoeton July 28, 2002   Link
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    General CommentI think the song has to do with someone, a girl, going through a phase of dramatic change or some sort of forgiveness. I once thought that "gathering rain" was crying, but I'm not so sure... I think it is fairly clear that whoever this lady is, she has been in hiding (literal or not) for some time and is now coming back out into reality, ready for a new life.
    Sylverfish02on August 23, 2002   Link
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    General CommentI think the gathering rain part is about futility. She can't change the past, she can't wash away the pain.
    bloodybitchon June 15, 2003   Link
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    General CommentI think the song, as with many Collective Soul songs, is a story of redemption. She feels awful, depressed, whatever, and then she has a revelation. The first half describes depression, and a person just coming out of it. She realizes that her life has changed, and that it is a natural thing. Sad, but natural. She opens up: "Her imagination
    Has started stretching wide" = she has plans for the future. "And her new conviction
    No longer will she hide" she has torn down her unhealthy walls and is starting to be honest with people now. "She's not branded
    When prophets speak words of fire" = Say what you will, it doesn't change me. The future can be rough, but she will get through it unscathed. But she puts out a lot of love, and needs it back, "the same love she gives, she requires." So she will continue to cleans her soul, through tears and love. Beautiful.
    batteruasdfon April 05, 2006   Link
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    General CommentShe's religiously sheltered. This is revealed through the mention of the prophets and their scathing words. But for some reason, she has lost the faith, and while in a way it's sad, she finally feels free.
    tmbwm740on January 01, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI've always seen this as a sad song. She doesn't like who she is o r what she's done, so she tries to help other people to make her feel better about herself. The "rain" is other people's troubles.
    Robzulaon May 07, 2009   Link
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    General CommentI've always seen this as a sad song. She doesn't like who she is o r what she's done, so she tries to help other people to make her feel better about herself. The "rain" is other people's troubles.
    Robzulaon May 07, 2009   Link
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    General CommentI've always seen this as a sad song. She doesn't like who she is o r what she's done, so she tries to help other people to make her feel better about herself. The "rain" is other people's troubles.
    Robzulaon May 07, 2009   Link

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