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


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

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  • +1
    General CommentThe lead singer is in his 50s, so the "older woman" could well be a love interest.
    Michialon November 06, 2006   Link
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    General Commentim 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
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    General CommentI 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 CommentThis 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
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    My InterpretationMarina 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
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    My InterpretationThere'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 CommentI 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

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