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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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    UnregisteredMay 28, 2012 at 9:40 am
    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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    UnregisteredNov 15, 2011 at 11:04 pm
    It's written from the character of a homeless person, walking the streets collecting spare change with a tin can, commenting on the storewindow maniquins and salvation army signs, and worried about getting wet. "human kindness is overflowing" is said with deep sarchasm.
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    Unregistered4 days ago at 10:31 pm
    The song is about the ending of love and an intense feeling of having been mistreated like a "tin can kicked down a street". This feeling makes everything look jaded and bleak to the singer and provokes a bitter sarcasm. Thus the "scarecrows" are anybody who is trying to be fashionable. The "frozen smiles" shows that they are seen as without real human feelings and full of selfishness. "Bright the signs" are the city's advertising billboards inducing more useless, selfish consumerism. The rain is the ultimate symbol of a lack of love in the sense of kindness, warmth, care, humanity. The song is devastating.
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    UnregisteredAug 26, 2014 at 10:07 pm
    I'm exhausted and I have no resources to fix the windows. The halls are empty as my children have gone away. I still believe in kindness somewhere. Yet life happens and it may rain. I look out into the world and the brightest shiny people show no authentic love. I'm kicking the can at my feet and reflecting that is how I have been treated. Despite what I have experienced I will respond by helping those in need. Kindness is in me and life still happens and still it may rain.
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    UnregisteredJun 18, 2012 at 10:45 am
    These are sarcastic lyrics about a woman treated badly by a friend. She is finding life particularly hard and has lost her faith in human nature. Whereas the townsfolk speak of christian charity, they are of no help; their words have a hollow ring to them. 'persons of words and not of deeds are like a garden full of weeds. '

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