You clean out your room, and under your bed
Lay a picture long forgotten

With a hand to your head, you sigh out loud
As the memory rushes over - and buries you
Summer rain-storm, but the shed was dry
With a girl from Carolina

And you held her so tight
For the warmth that the rain denied
As the time has slowed to a flash
So alive, listen to them when they say
Cry in the sun

When the devil beats his wife
If you cry, cry, cry in the sun
Hope I never see the price of my freedom...yeah

We danced and sang out
And traced the moon
As it crawled across the night sky
And covered in dew, a lovers' pact
'Well here's to now and don't look back'

And oh, how I've tried
To heed the words written here
Cry in the sun
Where the devil beats his wife
If you cry, cry, cry in the sun
Hope I never see the price of my freedom..ooh yeah

For everyone, yeah
If there's a person, place, or time
That brings you back and makes you feel alive
Before your reason clouds your eyes
Well you could rule the world if you wanted to...yeah

Well I hear you're livin' far away
And that life's treated you well
You know that we were young and this picture's old

But I still can hear you say
Through the pounding of the rain
And oh, if you try
Tell me, can you hear them say
Cry in the sun

When the devil beats his wife
If you cry, cry, cry in the sun
Hope I never see the price of my freedom
Hope I never see the price of my freedom
Oh yeah


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    I’ve lived the “Hope I never see the price of my freedom” for 23 years. But I see it all the time. That’s a hurt that we have to live with whether by cause or not. I heard this as I was going through a divorce after 20 years of marriage and this song reminds me of how nothing goes unaffected. Life is good and we can enjoy it through the struggles. Try as we might all damage can’t be repaired but it can teach us. There are a couple other songs that deliver the same emotional response “Hearts on Fire” by Scars on 45s and “Baltimore” by Counting Crows
    Rock44on February 22, 2023   Link
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    ohhh this song is sooo beautiful!! i first heard it on a CD that my exboyfriend burned for me right after we broke up. i was sifting through all our old pictures and it came on my stereo and i just started crying. i think it's very nostalgic.
    july_sunseton June 06, 2003   Link
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    I'm still yet to hear this song but I just read the first verse and that alone brought me to tears. So many people can relate to that.
    Bobbi_staron June 27, 2006   Link
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    I just stumbled on this song the other day and I cant stop thinking about it. Or playing it. I cant believe its not on their greatest hits album. It haunts me like no other song that I can recall.
    jay1129788on April 10, 2014   Link
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    As far as meaning goes, it's pretty straightforward, but oh my God is the imagery beautiful. You can feel in the lyrics all those sensory memories that come rushing back when he finds that old photo. "The Devil's beating his wife" is a Southern expression for the weather phenomenon of rain and sunshine occurring at the same time. I don't know whether "cry in the sun" is a common term for it, but it certainly evokes that image. Part of his memory of that summer rainstorm in the shed? A metaphor for the simultaneous joy and pain of his relationship with the girl from Carolina? I think it's both.
    cosmiclove96on December 12, 2016   Link

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