Sunshine blue skies please go away
The girl has found another and gone away.
With her went my future my life is filled with gloom
So day after day I stay locked up in my room.
I know to you, it might sound strange but I wish it would rain,

'Cause so badly I wanna go outside
But everyone knows that a man ain't supposed to cry
Listen, I gotta cry 'cause crying eases the pain,
Oh yeah, people this hurt I feel inside.
Words could never explain, I just wish it would rain.

Day in day out my tear-stained face
Pressed against the window pain,
My eyes search the skies desperately for rain,
Cause rain-drops will hide my tear -drops
And no one will ever know that I'm crying,
Crying when I go outside.
To the world outside my tears,
I refuse to explain, oh I wish it would rain,
Let it rain, let it rain.
I need rain to disguise the tears in my eyes.
Oh, let it rain.
I'm a man and I got my pride
Til' it rains I'm gonna stay inside and let it rain.


Lyrics submitted by x_nikole_x

"I Wish It Would Rain" as written by Barrett Strong Rodger Sr. Penzabene

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    General Commentyesterday a very close friend of mine was hit by a truck and died.. this song has been on repeat.. eventhough the meaning is touchingan entirely different subject than what i feel
    ... i cant help but wish it would rain

    rip. kevinhouston.
    jhandson September 18, 2006   Link
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    General Commentthis song is obviously about when a girl leaves you and you feel like total crap and look outside and its nice, you just want it to be crappy out there too...sounds crazy but its true i've been through it.
    nebby_05on July 20, 2007   Link
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    General CommentThis song is particularly painful because of the story behind it. One of the staff writers at Motown, Roger Penzabene, had found out his wife was cheating on him, and it was the inspiration for his lyrics. Sadly he couldn't handle it, and killed himself just after the song was released. :(
    smurfndiceon July 12, 2008   Link
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    General Commentcant help but love this song ..sang with so much emotion. i know exactly how he feels.
    loveJungleBoogyon September 24, 2010   Link
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    MemoryMy dad died 3 years ago and I grew up with him singing me the Temptations, this song was the last song that him and I sang together...it brings back a LOT of memories :(
    Alienguts10on August 08, 2011   Link
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    Lyric CorrectionThe first word in the second line of the song should be "My" instead of "The"

    "My girl has found another and gone away"
    breccaon November 14, 2011   Link
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    General CommentSo I heard a story on the 60s channel on Sirius. They said that the piano intro for this song was written on a piano with a few broken keys. It just amazes me how Motown could create that type of environment. A depressed songwriter + busted equipment + talented producer + gifted vocal group = a beautiful artistic piece that is still cherished 45+ years later.

    I don't think you can duplicate that running sound samples through protools & autotune
    cwson January 26, 2016   Link
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    Song FactRodger Penzabene who wrote this was a songwriter for the Motown label.
    The songs "I Wish It Would Rain" and "I Could Never Love Another" reportedly came from Penzabene's pain and suffering.

    On New Year's Eve 1967, a week after the release of "I Wish It Would Rain", Penzabene committed suicide by gunshot at the age of 23
    Leznon May 23, 2019   Link
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    General Commentgod i _<
    boo you whores.
    GreenDayGirl1991on January 16, 2006   Link

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