Saturday, January 26, 2008

I wish it would rain

Strictly speaking, this post presents contemporary bluegrass music that has no direct connection to Louisville or to any other part of Kentucky. But Southern music, whatever its precise provenance, falls well within the mandate of Danzig U.S.A., and this is an especially poignant song.

Nanci Griffith, I Wish It Would Rain, Little Love Affairs (1988)

Oh, I wish it would rain
And wash my face clean
I want to find some dark cloud to hide in here
Love in a memory
Sparkled like diamonds
When the diamonds fall . . . they burn like tears
When the diamonds fall . . . they burn like tears

Once I had a love from the Georgia pines
Who only cared for me
I wanna find that love of twenty-two
Here at thirty-three
I've got a heart on my right
One on my left . . . neither suits my needs
No, the one I love lives away out West
And he never will need me

Repeat chorus.

I'm gonna pack up my two steppin' shoes
And head for the Gulf Coast plains
I wanna walk the streets of my own hometown
Where everybody knows my name
I wanna ride the waves down in Galveston
When the hurricanes blow in
'Cuz that Gulf Coast water tastes sweet as wine
When your heart's rollin' home in the wind

Repeat chorus

When the diamonds fall darlin' . . . they burn like tears

© 1987 Wing and Wheel Music

Lynn MorrisThe Lynn Morris Band performs I Wish It Would Rain, a song originally written and performed by Nanci Griffith.