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Fool in the Rain song meanings
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    General CommentThis is my favorite Zeppelin song. The music to this is awesome; so much fun.
    anna118kon May 17, 2002   Link
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    General Commentmy all-time favorite Zep song, i always find myself singing along at the top of my lungs when i hear this song playing. the music, the words, its such a beautiful creation. it always manages to put a smile on my face, i love it...
    kelsta182on June 30, 2002   Link
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    General CommentI think the song's meaning is found in this stanza:

    "And the storm that I thought would blow over
    Clouds the light of the love that I found"

    I believe this song is about a man who is singing to (although she is not actually there) an ex who he is still foolishly hung up on, and that this longing is keeping him from fully loving the one he is with now.

    ('Light of the love that I found' is repeated over and over too)
    thedoggon January 27, 2009   Link
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    General CommentThe lyrics are rather straitforward. It's about a guy waiting for a girl on the wrong block. This is definatly one of Zeppelin's best songs. The Samba breakdown is just fantastic and really shows of Bonham's ability as a drummer. Has a real 50's feel good vibe to the whole track. Led Zeppelin was nothing short of genius.
    LadyNatureon August 20, 2009   Link
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    My InterpretationCould this song possible be about the phases of a one sided love obsession?

    "Well, there's a light in your eye that keeps shining
    Like a star that can't wait for night
    I hate to think I been blinded, baby
    Why can't I see you tonight?
    And the warmth of your smile starts a burning
    And the thrills of your touch give me fright
    And I'm shaking so much, really yearning
    Why don't you show up and make it alright?
    It's alright"

    This sounds like a definite infatuation with someone who randomly came into his life, and now he covets her attention, but he's not getting it or enough of it, so it starts making him uneasy and only want it more. Sometimes feelings like this can cloud your judgment and blind you to reality.

    "And if you promised you'd love so completely
    And you said you would always be true
    You swore that you never would leave me, baby
    Whatever happened to you?
    And you thought it was only in movies
    As you wish all your dreams would come true
    Hey, it ain't the first time believe me, baby
    I'm standing here feeling blue, blue
    Ah, yes, I'm blue"

    Could he possibly be describing what he want's to believe here? Often times in a one sided love obsession you want to believe the person you care for feels the same way back so badly you almost literally do believe it, even though reality might say otherwise. It's the second phrase that makes me think this here says "And you thought it was only in movies, As you wish all your dreams would come true". also the last line seems to suggest he knows it's not the first time this has happened to him.

    "Now I will stand in the rain on the corner
    I'll watch the people go shuffling downtown
    Another ten minutes no longer
    And then I'm turning around
    The clock on the wall's moving slower
    My heart it sinks to the ground
    And the storm that I thought would blow over
    Clouds the light of the love that I found"

    This to me sounds like part where he waits and waits and wait for some kind of sign from the person he cares about but isn't getting it and facing the inevitable pain of heartbreak, after he had spent so much time trying to convince himself that this person he cares about would end his loneliness when he says "And the storm that I thought would blow over, Clouds the light of the love that I found"

    "Now my body is starting to quiver
    And the palms of my hands getting wet
    I've got no reason to doubt you baby,
    It's all a terrible mess

    I'll run in the rain till I'm breathless
    When I'm breathless I'll run till I drop, hey
    The thoughts of a fool's kind of careless
    I'm just a fool waiting on the wrong block, oh yeah
    Light of the love that I found..."

    This is probably one of my favorite verses in this song. This to me sounds like he knows he needs to let this person go but still doesn't want to and still wants to believe that person could have feelings for him, despite his major suffering. "I'll run in the rain till I'm breathless. When I'm breathless I'll run till I drop" Feelings like that can be really stubborn and difficult to let go of at first but eventually you learn to pick yourself up and try again with someone else. "The thoughts of a fool's kind of careless. I'm just a fool waiting on the wrong block, oh yeah". This sounds to me like he knew at the back of his mind he probably fell for the wrong person for all the wrong reasons.

    Just my thoughts on it. Amazing song. Really love the samba breakdown with the ukuleles.
    FOH86on November 01, 2015   Link
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    General Commentcrazy good song, real summery soundin...always puts me in a good mood, plus i also like it cuz im that guy in the rain most of the time
    maverickmanon May 30, 2002   Link
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    General CommentMy most favorite song by Led Zeppelin: This song could put anybody in a good mood. John P.J. kicks arce on the piano, Jimmy P's solo with the octavator is insane, J Bonham also kicks major arce on the drum beat; its one of the most complicated beats ever written in rock history and the solo is pure lunacy, Robert P also sang very well. If I were to find out that I was going to die tommorow I could put this song on and I'd be the happiest person alive, for my last day atleast. Led Zeppelin is the greatest band ever. I highly suggest, if you were to suggest a song of LZ's for somebody to hear, you suggest this one.
    emilaGailuJon July 29, 2002   Link
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    General CommentHappy music. Great for just bumming around.
    ButtOfMalmseyon July 30, 2002   Link
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    General Commentzeppelin. why wasn't i 18 in 1973
    kalion September 02, 2002   Link
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    General CommentWhy wasn't I 18 in 1973, too?? OMG! I would have lived it up!!! You know the guy Vic in the movie "Almost Famous" that travels with LZ ,but not WITH LZ? And he totally flips out when he just barely crosses paths with one of the band members? lol Yeah that woulda been me...Look out Jimmy Page, here I come!! ;-)
    kellieon September 13, 2002   Link

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