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Peter Gabriel – Red Rain lyrics

Red rain is coming down
Red rain
Red rain is pouring down
Pouring down all over me

I am standing up at the water's edge in my dream
I cannot make a single sound as you scream
It can't be that cold, the ground is still warm to touch
This place is so quiet, sensing that storm

Red rain is coming down
Red rain
Red rain is pouring down
Pouring down all over me

Well I've seen them buried in a sheltered place in this town
They tell you that this rain can sting, and look down
There is no blood around see no sign of pain
Hay ay ay no pain
Seeing no red at all, see no rain

Red rain is coming down
Red rain
Red rain is pouring down
Pouring down all over me

Red rain-
Putting the pressure on much harder now
To return again and again
Just let the red rain splash you
Let the rain fall on your skin
I come to you defences down
With the trust of a child

Red rain is coming down
Red rain
Red rain is pouring down
Pouring down all over me
And I can't watch any more
No more denial
It's so hard to lay down in all of this
Red rain is coming down
Red rain is pouring down
Red rain is coming down all over me
I see it
Red rain is coming down
Red rain is pouring down
Red rain is coming down all over me
I'm bathing in it
Red rain coming down
Red rain is coming down
Red rain is coming down all over me
I'm begging you
Red rain coming down
Red rain coming down
Red rain coming down
Red rain coming down
Over me in the red red sea
Over me
Over me
Red rain



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    Even though "Agent Orange" was not Orange or Red. Everything in this song fits it to agent orange that Rained down on the jungles of Vietnam U.S. troops. Vietnam Vets will tell you about it, if you can find one that was exposed to it and still living.
    When the U.S. sprayed it from the heuys, the ground was saturated and soldiers covered with it. Goto Wikipedia and search AGENT ORANGE and you will see a photo of the helicopter spraying it (RAIN); https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Agent_Orange

    More than 19 million gallons of various “rainbow” herbicide combinations were sprayed, but Agent Orange was the combination the U.S. military used most often. The name “Agent Orange” came from the orange identifying stripe used on the 55-gallon drums in which it was stored.
    Heavily sprayed areas included forests near the demarcation zone, forests at the junction of the borders of Cambodia, Laos, and South Vietnam, and mangroves on the southernmost peninsula of Vietnam and along shipping channels southeast of Saigon.

    You would substitute Red for Orange because Red lends itself lyrically. You would be looking @ rains daily if not constant rain during the monsoon season in the jungles. The trees and vegetative areas were saturated with it in Vietnam. The rains just washed it down on soldiers and onto the ground. The soldiers had to lay down to sleep at some point.
    In Vietnam summer lasts from May to October when it is hot and humid and the region experiences its highest rainfall.

    Peter Gabriel is a humanitarian according to his biography on the web. What better way to draw attention to a social injustice than with a Song? By 1986 when this song was released, Vietnam vets were dying from the health related illnesses due to the herbicide. 5 years later in 1991 the Gov't took responsibility for it when Congress enacted the Agent Orange Act of 1991.

    The entire song fits the story of "Operation Ranch Hand", the U.S. Air Force's herbicide program in Vietnam.
    Agent Orange was manufactured for the U.S. Department of Defense primarily by Monsanto Corporation and Dow Chemical. It was given its name from the color of the orange-striped barrels in which it was shipped, and was by far the most widely used of the so-called "Rainbow Herbicides".

    I think the song is about Agent Orange. Gabriel was born in 1950 so that puts him @ 18 in 1968. Just the right age to have
    a very good knowledge of Vietnam and what was going on there.

    And Last of all, whether "Red Rain" was specifically written from what happened in Vietnam or not,
    It is about Our Environment, Our Seas, being poisoned with deadly chemicals.
    Why else would "Red Rain" by Peter Gabriel appear on Track Three of the (GreenPeace Rainbow Warriors [#1] Disc 2) CD?
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    This was inspired by a recurring dream where gabriel was swimming in a sea of red water.
    Gabriel: "if feelings of pain do not get brought out, not only do they fester and grow stronger but they manifest themselves in the external world. "
    Hi-hat cymbals were used to simulate rain. At one point, gabriel wanted this song to tell the story of mozo, a mercurial stranger who would come and go, changing people's lives. Other songs that told the mozo story are "on the air," "down the dolce vita," "exposure", "here comes the flood," and "that voice again. " gabriel envisioned a movie or play based on the mozo character, but it never happened.
    To me, this song represents fostering deep emotions and finally letting them spill out like red rain. It also represents a very vivid experience like a dream or a haunting place where one has witnessed something truly dramatic. Red rain is definitely not comparable to regular rain.
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