"Prayers for Rain" as written by Robert James Smith, Simon Gallup, Roger O'donnell, Porl Thompson, Laurence Andrew Tolhurst and Boris Williams....
You shatter me your grip on me a hold on me
So dull it kills
You stifle me
Infectious sense of
Hopelessness and prayers for rain
I suffocate
I breathe in dirt
And nowhere shines but desolate
And drab the hours all spent on killing time
Again all waiting for the rain

You fracture me your hands on me a touch
So plain so stale it kills
You strangle me entangle me
In hopelessness and prayers for rain
I deteriorate, I live in dirt and nowhere glows but
Drearily and tired the hours all spent on killing
Time again all waiting for the rain

You fracture me, your hands on me, a touch
So plain so stale it kills
You strangle me, entangle me
In hopelessness and prayers for rain
Prayers for rain
Prayers for rain
Prayers for rain

Lyrics submitted by oofus, edited by Mellow_Harsher

"Prayers for Rain" as written by Laurence Andrew Tolhurst Boris Williams

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  • +4
    My OpinionI always used to overlook this song as I would almost never listen to it because I thought the material on disintegration after fascination street was plain blah. But one day I decided to listen to this song and since then it has became my favorite song on the album. As for the meaning of the song I think its about being heartbroken by love and praying for a way to move on but you simply just cannot do it, the lyrics blend in perfectly with the music in this song. I strongly urge anyone, even if they hate this song with a passion to give it another listen, believe me it will sink into you.
    Dirk Diggler_44on July 21, 2014   Link
  • +2
    General CommentI think this song could possibly be tied in with "The Same Deep Water as You." Note that right after this track there is the sound of thunder and rain. Maybe it's about anticipation for something (like a loved one). The line "I suffocate/I breathe in dirt" could be describing how without rain the ground gets dry and things wither--the rain possibly being an allusion to love. The same meaning above might be applied however, to a starving or longing for something important that has been away. I always think about a Native American rain dance when I hear this song, although I don't think it has much to do with it.
    theexplodinggirlon January 07, 2005   Link
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    General Commentto me it's like he's describing a relationship where the love is gone-or maybe never existed at all (on his part) "so dull it kills" The gal is possessive and the relationship is nothing but argueing. Broken and destroyed. Though he has not left...he doesnt know how or doesnt have the heart....he feels nothing and is bored "killing time" but he stays......
    halo_nothingon March 24, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentGreat!
    placebiston April 12, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI think there's a theme of death in this song, or, aging and the sense that there's no where left to go but underground.
    pistaron April 02, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentIt's about the other person in a relationship being so miserable and looking for more misery that it drags the other down. It happens a lot.
    xdvron April 04, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti love this song! When i first heard it just relaxed atomatically and i still do. Everytime im stressed out or have bad headacke i listen to this song and it helps!
    Victorieon June 15, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI can interpret it as a relationship (not necessarily sexual) where the love and care has gone, at least from one side. And not only is that gone, but the necessity of one to carry on makes him/her desperate for that which was lost to return (while the other has no real hope of t ever coming, apparently).
    Nightmare_Ganonon August 10, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General Commentlovely
    it's in my cure top5 songs
    Cure.on September 22, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI think this song could be about sexual abuse. This song and Lullaby makes me believe Robert might have been abused as a kid. Maybe his memories from it started to show at the time when he worked on the Disintegration album?
    To me it seems like Robert often make a lot of his songs sound like they're about relationships, even though many of them aren't.
    Plasticpassionon January 24, 2010   Link

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