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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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    One of the finest songs about the human condition ever written, full of irony but with a very pure light shining through the cracks of cynicism. Randy was beginning to lose faith in humanity at this time, and after this his cynicism became so encrusted around his soft heart it hardened into a more solid irony that for the most part excluded the tender touch that is so wonderfully applied in I Think it's Going to Rain. Jimmy Mcgovern's latest bbc1 drama Broken brings out the true emotion of the lyric in a marvellous way. It's a song about charity not being applied. It's a song about the devastating effects of corruption and heartlessness. But there's more than a hint in the "signs that implore" that the Love that's missing from this strain can still be found. Randy may not agree, but he has still written one of the most heartbreaking songs of our time. And by a twist of fate, a band I was once in was offered the song as a potential single by Decca records back in the 60s, and we turned it down.
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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 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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