I Wish It Would Rain
David Ruffin Lyrics


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Sunshine blue skies please go away
The girl has found another and gone away.
With her went my future my life is filled with gloom
So day after day I stay locked up in my room.
I know to you, it might sound strange but I wish it would rain,

'Cause so badly I wanna go outside
But everyone knows that a man ain't supposed to cry
Listen, I gotta cry 'cause crying eases the pain,
Oh yeah, people this hurt I feel inside.
Words could never explain, I just wish it would rain.

Day in day out my tear-stained face
Pressed against the window pain,
My eyes search the skies desperately for rain,
Cause rain-drops will hide my tear -drops
And no one will ever know that I'm crying,
Crying when I go outside.
To the world outside my tears,
I refuse to explain, oh I wish it would rain,
Let it rain, let it rain.
I need rain to disguise the tears in my eyes.
Oh, let it rain.




I'm a man and I got my pride
Til' it rains I'm gonna stay inside and let it rain.

Overall Meaning

The song "I Wish It Would Rain" by David Ruffin is a poignant plea for rain to help hide the tears of a heartbroken man. He begins by asking for the sunshine and blue skies to go away because the girl he loved has found someone else and left him. His future now seems empty, and he sits in his room day after day, unable to face the world. He admits that his desire for rain might seem strange, but he longs for the ability to go outside again without anyone seeing him cry. He knows that society dictates that men shouldn't cry, but he can't help the pain he feels inside. He wishes words could truly express the depth of his hurt, but they can't, and raindrops are the only thing that will help hide his tears.


The next verse finds him looking out the window day after day, searching for rain. He hopes that raindrops will help cover his tear-drops, leaving no one the wiser that he's been crying. He knows that he can't explain his tears to the world outside, and he longs for the healing power of rain. Only when it rains can he feel comfortable enough to step outside and face the day; otherwise, his pride won't allow him to show his vulnerability to the world. The song ends on a final plea for rain as he acknowledges that until it comes, he will remain hidden away, hoping against hope that his tears will go unnoticed.


Overall, the song speaks to the universal feeling of heartbreak and the desire to hide one's vulnerability from the world. By asking for rain to come, the singer hopes to find solace in the idea of temporary anonymity. This song is a prime example of a classic 1960s Motown ballad that still resonates with audiences today.


Line by Line Meaning

Sunshine blue skies please go away
The pleasant weather is now unwelcome as the girl he loves has left him, making his life miserable.


The girl has found another and gone away.
The girl he loves has found someone else and has left him alone and heartbroken.


With her went my future my life is filled with gloom
His future now seems bleak because the girl he loved, who he saw as an integral part of his future plans, has left him behind.


So day after day I stay locked up in my room.
He is suffering from the pain of his breakup, and to avoid facing the world, he is staying locked up in his room.


I know to you, it might sound strange but I wish it would rain,
Rain would help him disguise the tears in his eyes and let him cry unobserved, something that he thinks others may find strange.


'Cause so badly I wanna go outside
Even though he feels trapped in his pain and his room, he is desperately longing to escape and go outside.


But everyone knows that a man ain't supposed to cry
As a man, he feels societal pressure not to cry, making it all the more difficult for him to cope with his emotions.


Listen, I gotta cry 'cause crying eases the pain,
Despite the social taboo against men crying, he recognizes that crying helps relieve the emotional pain he is feeling.


Oh yeah, people this hurt I feel inside.
He is trying to express how intense the emotional pain he is experiencing is.


Words could never explain, I just wish it would rain.
He feels unable to adequately express the extent of the sorrow he feels and hopes for rain to mask his tears.


Day in day out my tear-stained face
He is constantly crying, and his face is marked with the sign of the tears he has shed.


Pressed against the window pain,
He spends a lot of time looking outside through the window, his face pressed against the pane of the window.


My eyes search the skies desperately for rain,
He is constantly looking up at the sky, searching for rain, hoping it will help him hide his tears.


Cause rain-drops will hide my tear -drops
He hopes that rain will fall at the same time as his tears, making it hard for others to differentiate between the two.


And no one will ever know that I'm crying,
He wants to hide his tears from everyone; rain will help him achieve that goal.


Crying when I go outside.
He wants to cry outside but fears the judgment that he would face if he does.


To the world outside my tears,
He wants the people outside the room he is in, to not see him crying.


I refuse to explain, oh I wish it would rain,
He doesn't want to explain why tears are running down his face, hoping that rain will hide his tears.


Let it rain, let it rain.
He is hopeful that it will rain and his tears will be hidden by the rain.


I need rain to disguise the tears in my eyes.
He needs rain to hide the tears that he can't stop from falling.


Oh, let it rain.
He sings again, asking for rain to fall to help him hide his pain.


I'm a man and I got my pride
He acknowledges that he is a man and feels obliged to keep up the facade of being strong, making it more difficult to express his emotions.


Til' it rains I'm gonna stay inside and let it rain.
He will continue to stay inside until the rain falls, hoping to be able to cry without being seen.




Lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC
Written by: Rodger Sr. Penzabene, Barrett Strong, Norman Whitefield

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@charlesbrown4311

The story behind this song is very tragic. It touches my heart, though. The lyrics to this song were written by a talented young Motown lyricist named Rodger Penzabene. He also wrote lyrics for Gladys Knight & the Pips and Marvin Gaye, as well as the Temptations. While working on this album, Rodger found out his wife was cheating on him with another man. Rodger was in a bad place. he couldn't stand the pain, but he couldn't stop loving his wife either. He literally poured his heart, soul, and pain into this song. It was released on December 21, 1967 and went on to become one of The Temptations greatest hits but Rodger never saw that. At 23, Rodger Penzabene took his own life on New Years Eve, 1967. He never got to see that so many people could relate to his pain and heart ache. Rest easy, Rodger, some of us remember you.

@rekeya

Wow!!! RIP Mr. Rodger. ❤️

@lexi02136

Wow!! Thanks for sharing..

@dianedixon3472

What a sad story hope he hears it somewhere x

@missdesi82

my nephew took his life and my sister years apart but this song was their link the pain

@dianedixon3472

@@missdesi82 I’m so sad for your loss x

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@mercedejohnson783

My grandmother just died 2 hours ago and she taught me this song. I sang it for her everytime i seen her. Rip Loquita Crawford

@mikethegreat1840

My condolences peace and respect 🙏🙏🙏

@JamesR23

Mercede Johnson just don’t ever stop singing it

@sallyewing3185

I,hope you are okay.
Mercedes
Love, Sofie B.

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