"Covered In Rain" as written by and John Mayer....
These days, with the world getting colder,
She spends more time sleeping over
Than I planned.

Tonight we're gonna order in,
Drinking wine and watchin' CNN.
It's dark I know, but then again
It's the brightest thing I got

'Cause I'm covered in rain
No, I'm covered in rain, rain, rain, rain

Fireworks to fireplaces
Summer stole what fall replaces
We're people watching, all the people watching, everybody watching me
Standing by the missing signs at the CVS by the checkout line
She puts her quiet hands in mine
'Cause she's the brightest thing I got

When I'm covered in rain
'Cause I'm covered in rain, rain, rain, rain
'Cause I'm covered in rain
No I'm covered in rain

It's alright
If you don't want to, go on
It's alright
If you don't want to, be alone
Oh It's alright
If you don't want to, want to, want to, go home

I understand, I understand, I understand,
You and me and everyone

I'm covered in rain
No, I'm covered in rain
No, I'm covered in rain, rain, rain, rain
I'm covered in, covered in, covered in rain


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"Covered in Rain" as written by John Clayton Mayer

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  • +3
    My OpinionI fell in love with song from the first few notes on the Any Given Thursday album and it remains one of my favorite songs. For me, it signifies a relationship that maybe isn't the best. It's not bad, but it's certainly not the stuff made of romance movies. They're living in a darker world and like most people who go through a trauma together, it creates a sort of tension. But they are the 'brightest thing they got' and so they cling to one another.

    On the As/Is album, you can actually hear the last lyric much clearer.

    "Come December, Lydia lef
    She mentioned something about it being for the best
    I can't say I disagree, it's killing me
    So now I'm standing facing west,
    tracing my fingers around a silhouette that I haven't gotten used to yet
    but it's the brightest thing I got."

    For me, this lyric is the most haunting. They finally admitted that it wasn't working and he knows it wasn't working, but it is still killing him to let her go. The "silhouette" that he hasn't gotten used to yet feels like he's repeating his past mistakes: he's with another girl that he doesn't quite feel comfortable with yet, but it's the brightest thing he's got and is preferable to being alone.
    savemyshannonon June 12, 2012   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis song is absolutely amazing and completely beautiful. It's about a relationship trying to survive in a broken world (after effects of 9/11) and a sequal to 'City Love.' It's kind of like a "we're holding up while everything else falls apart" thing. Their love is suriving in a world that is slowly crumbling, where the only stability they have is each other; they find hope in the fact.

    But as with any song...it can mean anything to anyone. That's the beauty of it all =]
    xCovered In Rainon December 03, 2004   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis song links in to City Love in more ways than one: not only does he mention his relationship with Lydia - "Come December Lydia left...." - he also uses the same chords in the bridge to City Love as the main chords in Covered in Rain. If you listen to both you'll see that they fit. In addition to this the bridge in City Love contains the title of this song - "She called up and came to me covered in rain...".

    Great song.
    Great artist.
    andyman456on May 22, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThese days with the world getting colder
    She spends more time sleeping over
    Than I'd planned

    Tonight were gonna order in
    Drinking wine and watching CNN
    It's dark I know but then again
    It's the brightest thing I got

    When I'm covered in rain, rain
    When I'm covered in rain, rain

    From fireworks to fireplaces
    Summer stole what fall replaces
    And now we're people watching
    All the people, people watching us right now
    Standing by the missing signs at the CVS by the checkout line
    She puts her quiet hands in mine
    Cause shes the brightest thing I got

    When I'm covered in rain, rain
    When I'm covered in rain, rain, rain, rain
    Oh, I'm covered in rain
    Oh, I'm covered in rain
    Oh, I'm covered in rain

    Come December, Lydia left
    She mentioned something about it being for the best
    And I can't say I disagree
    It's killing me
    Now we're standing facing west
    Tracing my fingers 'round her silhouette
    I haven't gotten used to it yet
    But it's the brightest thing I've got

    When I'm covered in rain, rain


    Those are the correct lyrics for the Any Given Thursday version.
    TDDx8on September 05, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General CommentCome December, Lydia left
    She mentioned something about it being for the best
    And I can't say I disagree
    It's killing me
    Now we're standing facing west
    Tracing my fingers 'round her silhouette
    I haven't gotten used to it yet
    But it's the brightest thing I've got

    So I have been thinking about this ending. Probably over analyzing as usual!!! BUT......
    It's December, Lydia left...and he knows that the relationship wasn't meant to be. He knows its for the best like she does, but that still doesn't make it any better. It still hurts.

    So she is gone and John sings.."now were standing facing west, tracing my fingers round her silhouette.." Is he talking about Lydia? Or who is standing next to him if he says were?

    I always kinda went back to the song City Love, and in the final verse there it talked about "from the battery, to the gallery." I had no idea what that meant til i just thought.. hey, maybe they are in Battery Park NYC..looking west, and tracing the towers that aren't there anymore.

    I mean you never know, but i could be way off!
    ontheinsideon October 13, 2006   Link
  • +1
    My OpinionA few people have said they expected more out of this song, but I think the complexity and real passion in the song comes from the guitar work. To me that says almost more than the lyrics do. And don't get me wrong, I'm a total lyrics person, but in this song, the guitar speaks more about what the song is about rather than what the lyrics say. They both compliment eachother very well and make for an absolutely incredible song. Listen to the 10 min 25 sec version from the album Any Given Thursday. Amazing.
    mel29821on August 11, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis is a nice little addendum to City Love. To me, it's about a guy who is with a girl who's not necessarily the best thing for him but he doesn't really care because he likes her. It's about loneliness and how good it can feel to be with someone, even if they're not the "best" for you.
    kukamanja27on May 22, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis song reminds me of satisfaction in a relationship. maybe it isn't where he's always gonna be, but for now 'it's the brightest thing' he has. by 'he' i'm referring to john. ;) this is my favorite john mayer song because it reminds me of just being comfortable w/ someone which is something i haven't felt in a while.
    riotgrrrlravenon June 02, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentAnyone else notice that the last little part is from a Big Head Todd and the Monsters song?
    wherewulfon June 14, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI expected more from the title. I dunno. Don't mind me...just being covered in rain has always held such a deep idea to me and I mean it still does in the song, but I dunno...not the one I expected from him?
    thinkitbeiton June 28, 2002   Link

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