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Falling Of The Rain Lyrics

Once upon a time in the land of misty satin dreams there stood a house
And a man who painted nature scenes.
He painted trees
And fields and animals and streams
And he stayed and he didn't hear the falling of the rain
No, he didn't hear the falling of the rain

In the forest green lived a girl who put her hair in braids and she sang
As she walked all about the wooded glades.
She was glad when the rain came falling on her face
And she sang, 'cause she didn't mind the falling of the rain
No, she didn't mind the falling of the rain
Will it always be the same as we recall?
Does it touch you when the rain begins to fall?
Ah, but I don't want to know and I don't want to see
Another rainy day without you lying next to me, ah.

High upon a hill far away from the dusty crowd is a boy
With his eyes on the ground, his head is bowed.
He's a fool and his mind is filled with hopeless dreams
And he waits, but he will not see the falling of the rain
No, he will not see the falling of the rain
Will it always be the same as we recall?
Does it touch you when the rain begins to fall?
Ah, but I don't want to know and I don't want to see
Another rainy day without you lying next to me, ah.

So now the boy becomes the man who sits and paints all day,
But the girl with the braids in her hair has gone away.
And it seems that time has brought things to an end.
Nothing's changed, 'cause you can't stop the falling of the rain,
Can't stop the falling of the rain.
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Apr 01, 2001
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The piano in the beginning of this song is so pretty! It's a great song all around becuase is provides such imagery...You can clearly see everything he describes.

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i agree! i love this song and i know how to play it!

falling of the rain symbolizes life changing? what does the bridge mean?

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i agree! i love this song and i know how to play it!

falling of the rain symbolizes life changing? what does the bridge mean?

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This song is one of his best, and least known, I seem to like all the songs that no one knows about, esspecially since my favorite album is Cold Spring Harbor. I think the best part of this song is right at the end, it just describes life so perfectly and the effects of time and change, "nothing's changed, 'cause you can't stop the falling of the rain". That is honestly one the the greatest lyrics of all time.

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I love this song. The last lyrics are so perfect... Things just end sometimes, and there's nothing you can do about it. Nothing ever really changes...

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This is an incredible song on an incredible album, but it's really been overlooked. It seems to be the optimistic view of the theme of the album. Life can be hard, but if you just look past the difficulties it doesn't matter.

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I believe that the rain represents the rough, cold reality of life. Basically, the man/boy doesn't understand that life is tough and will involve challenges. Meanwhile, the girl is aware of them, yet makes the effort to stay optimistic in spite of them.

"...Nothing's changed because you can't stop the falling of the rain."

Within this line, Billy is pointing out that there will always be challenges in life, and you can't control whether there will or wont be. However, what you can control is the way you handle them. You can either live life like the man/boy by simply ignoring/running away from the hardships of life, or you can live like the girl, who stayed happy even though she faced challenges.

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When he talks about the girl with the braids in her hair and the boy who sits and paints all day, my brain automatically goes with Anne of Green Gables and Bob Ross.

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