Pretty little hair-do don't do what it used to
Can't disguise the living
All the miles that we've been through

Looking like a train wreck
Wearing too much makeup
The burden that you carry
Is more than one soul could ever bare

Don't look so sad, Marina
There's another part to play
Don't look so sad, Marina
Save it for a rainy day
Save it for a rainy day
Save it for a rainy day

You never make your mind up
Like driving with your eyes shut
Rough around the edges
Won't someone come and take you home

Waiting for a breakthrough
What will you set your mind to?
We stood outside the Chinese restaurant in the rain


Lyrics submitted by dragonflower44

Save It for a Rainy Day Lyrics as written by Gary Michael Louris Gary Louris

Lyrics © BMG Rights Management, Royalty Network, Warner Chappell Music, Inc.

Lyrics powered by LyricFind

Save It For A Rainy Day song meanings
Add Your Thoughts


sort form View by:
  • +1
    General Comment
    The lead singer is in his 50s, so the "older woman" could well be a love interest.
    Michialon November 06, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Comment
    im kind of confused about the meaning of the song. i think its about an older woman, but not someone he likes or loves. more like a mom or grandma. the part "all the miles youve been through" explains that she is old. and the line "theres another part to play" that could be meaning, dont pretend youre young when have another role to play, like grandmother or mom. and the whole hairdo and makeup part is about how she is trying to hide how old she looks. but i dont know i could be wrong, thats just my opinion
    LucyyNtheSkyyon October 12, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Comment
    I always pictured Marina as a woman, living on the street, and the writer taking poetic license weaving a story in his head about her, as he stood at a bus stop. Maybe he met her...maybe they always caught the same bus. The hook also hints at irritation with her...maybe she was off her meds, but still struggling to maintain her dignity, and he felt for her. The hook hit his head, and he built the rest of the song around her. Short version: it's about the human condition
    ManicMonkeyLaughinon July 21, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Comment
    This song says, stop and remember that no matter what you've done there are people out there that will always love you. When the other things get you down, love will pick you up.
    thegreatblasketon November 05, 2010   Link
  • 0
    My Interpretation
    Marina is depressed that youth has passed her by, and the singer is encouraging her to get over it and realize that she still has value (another part to play). She's supposed to save her sadness for a rainy day. Life is too short to be depressed all the time.
    sharkycharmingon July 24, 2013   Link
  • 0
    My Interpretation
    There's too much sunshine to worry about the bs. Don't let the bad blind you from seeing the good.
    enchion August 24, 2014   Link
  • -1
    General Comment
    I think this song is about a girl (possible and older woman) who this guy loves or likes and he is describing her and she is sad and he is saying that she shouldnt be sad, save it for a rainy day.
    Other_Worldlyon February 28, 2005   Link

Add your thoughts

Log in now to tell us what you think this song means.

Don’t have an account? Create an account with SongMeanings to post comments, submit lyrics, and more. It’s super easy, we promise!

More Featured Meanings

Album art
Another Love
Tom Odell
I think the meaning is pretty clear. This person got really burned in a previous relationship, and because of this is unable to love and show care in his present one, even though he so badly wants to. It's lovely song, and very sad. You can really feel how defeated and frustrated he is with himself.
Album art
Somewhere Only We Know
Per the FAQ on Keane's website, Keane's drummer Richard Hughes, stated the following: "We've been asked whether "Somewhere Only We Know" is about a specific place, and Tim has been saying that, for him, or us as individuals, it might be about a geographical space, or a feeling; it can mean something individual to each person, and they can interpret it to a memory of theirs... It's perhaps more of a theme rather than a specific message... Feelings that may be universal, without necessarily being totally specific to us, or a place, or a time..." With the nostalgic sentiment and the overall tone of the song, I think Keane is attempting to express a Portuguese term known as 'saudade', which does not have a direct English translation but roughly means "that which we remember because it is gone."
Album art
Taylor Swift
I believe this is another amazingly on point and nuanced commentary on the insanity that follows emotionally abusive relationships. The abuser has no anxieties, no emotional pain, or salience/memory for that matter, so the survivor appears to be the crazy one, obsessed with the abuse and that buzzword that seems to ignite arguments about diagnosing people without a degree, etc. funny how you say the words domestic violence, abuse, abuse survivor and boom the subject changes. Anyways, I especially relate to her midnights becoming afternoons, complex PTSD often leads to this phenomenon, whether due to purposeful sleep deprivation by the abuser, or just hyper vigilance associated with the PTSD, along with the fear of facing people, especially your loved ones, who Never actually understand, even if they try, because all they see is you, on fire, screaming about the arsonist that no one ever sees, and who has been spreading lies about your alleged mental instability, deceptive personality, etc. the whole time. While the last thing survivors need is more blame, our society supports a narrative that blames the objectively innocent party because the blatantly guilty party has spent their entire lives fabricating a persona and we’re just being human, and human psychology is quite counterintuitive especially in the context of trauma. Look at Amber Heard. Vilified and not believed, regardless of what any abuse survivor could recognize as a fellow survivor instantly. But Johnny depp is a malignant narcissist, a man, and wealthy as all get out. It’s sick.
Album art
Keep My Name Outta Your Mouth
Black Keys, The
This standout track comes off the artiste's latest reissue titled "Brothers Deluxe Remastered 10th Anniversary Edition". The track was produced by Mark Neill, Patrick Carney & Dan Auerbach. It was released via major streaming platforms on December 18, 2020.
Album art
Still Luv
Kennedy Rd.
This standout song off her eponymously named album was produced by AVB & Itsashleetho and released on December 28, 2020.