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Has the rainy weather got you feeling depressed or tired? Sure, it’s difficult to lay out on T-Hall Lawn when it’s soggy and the clothing is a bit heavier, but that doesn’t mean that the wet air and gray skies need to be reflected in your mood. To help you remember to “find the fun”- à la “Mary Poppins” – even on the days of soaked socks, I’ve compiled a list of songs that are both fun and deal with rain.
For starters, there’s the classic: “Singing in the Rain” as sung by Gene Kelly in the movie of the same title. Upbeat and complete with a dance routine involving swinging around lampposts, this song is everything I need to make me smile as I trudge through the pouring rain on the way to classes or work. It’s simple, catchy, and a classic.
“Let the stormy clouds chase/everyone from the place./Come on with the rain/I’ve a smile on my face!”
Then there’s the popular country song by Luke Bryan, “Rain is a Good Thing.” This song explains the utility of rainfall, mostly to the agricultural world, with a good beat and a southern accent. Modern Country music is more popular on this campus than I’d ever expected it would be, since it was highly mocked and disliked in my home school district. So if you’re looking for a more pop-like song, and Modern Country music has a lot of the pop genre in it, this is definitely the song for you. Also: if you’re into plants and growing things, this might be a fun song just because it’s something to sympathize with.
“My daddy spent his life lookin’ up at the sky/He’d cuss kick the dust, sayin’ son its way too dry./It clouds up in the city, the weather man complains./But where I come from, rain is a good thing.”
Another pleasant song about rain is “Like the Rain” by Clint Black, which tells the story of someone who disliked rain until they fell in love with someone who did. The following comparison of “falling for you just like the rain” may be a little obvious, but the music is calming and the idea of changing your beliefs based on your love for someone else is beautiful in and of itself.
“I never liked the rain until I walked through it with you/Every thunder cloud that came was one more I might not get through/On the darkest day there’s always light and now I see it too/ But I never liked the rain until I walked through it with you.”
Finally, there’s the goofy and uplifting lyrics and message of BJ Thomas’ “Raindrops Keep Falling On My Head.” This song is about defeating depression but the way it’s described is very visual, much like a children’s song, which gives it a silly tone. This may have been Thomas’ way of bringing comic relief to a difficult subject, which I certainly appreciate.
“So I just did me some talking to the sun/And I said I didn’t like the way/ He got things done!/Sleeping on the job!/ Those raindrops are falling on my head/They keep fallin’/But there’s one thing I know:/The blues they send to meet me/Won’t defeat me!/ It won’t be long till happiness/Steps up to greet me.”
Of course, there are other songs that mention fun aspects of rain, such as “Escape” by Rupert Holmes, “Down On The Farm” by Tim McGraw, “Sparks Fly” by Taylor Swift, “Rhythm of the Rain,” “I Love A Rainy Night” and many more. Hopefully you can find one that works for you to dry off your spirits and get back to feeling good.

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