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Randy Newman – I Think It's Going To Rain Today lyrics

Broken windows and empty hallways
A pale dead moon in the sky streaked with gray
Human kindness is overflowing
And I think it's going to rain today

Scarecrows dressed in the latest styles
With frozen smiles to chase love away
Human kindness is overflowing
And I think it's going to rain today

Lonely, lonely
Tin can at my feet
Think I'll kick it down the street
That's the way to treat a friend

Bright before me the signs implore me
To help the needy and show them the way
Human kindness is overflowing
And I think it's going to rain today



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    I take this song in a very different way. It is about loss - either break up of a relationship or more likely the death of a loved one.
    Human kindness is the reaction of friends, but the writer is so depressed instead of gaining comfort he hurts those being kind.
    Metaphorically he kicks his friends down the street like an old tin can. Knows he shouldn't but just can't help it.
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    It's about a homeless person observing what he sees around him and how he feels. The "human kindness is overflowing" line is a satirical observation. And, in the real world, despite all the supposed signs of humanity that person "thinks it going to rain today" and make things even drearier. Randy Newman is one of the best songwriters ever.
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    I always felt he was talking about the fact that we LIKE to say we are helping the needy but we toss away anything we consider expendable like friendship. Help the homeless, help the starving children... and oh, that friend from grade school or college is just a plumber or housewife now and is therefore boring and expendable so toss them out. There are more influential, rich, and powerful people you've met who are worthy of your attention. Who hasn't known a childhood friend or college friend that "disappears" after their career begins? They are too busy chasing illusion to appreciate true friendship and think aspiring to a richer, more cultured life, is the place to be. Sadly those bridges are completely and irrevocably burned when later in life we see what was truly important is no longer available.
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    This piece beautifully portrays the juxtaposition of the darkness and the light that is found in our lives, It sings about the loss we will all experience at some point. And the kindness that will follow, like raindrops at first and then eventually overflowing like a river. Don't despair if you feel lonely and hurt - even kicking friends away. Love. God's love (as described in the final verse - help the needy and show them the way - Christ taught unconditional love said I am the way) will always be there for you in the end, Newman wrote a Psalm not a song. A lament yes. But with a vision of mercy and redemption.
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    I know nothing about what the writer actually meant, but what I feel when I read these lyrics is that the human race is a sad one. That we are each individually filled with endearing life and feeling and love and we are beautiful, but that we don't know how to take care of our world, and therefore we don't take care of ourselves. We treat our world and our fellow earth inhabitants poorly. However, the author believes that mankind is ripe with kindness and that today might be the day it over flows and "rains" down.
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