Hold Back the Rain
Duran Duran Lyrics


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We're miles away from nowhere
And the wind doesn't have a name
So call it what you want to call it
Still blows down the lane

People tell me, I haven't changed at all
But I don't feel the same
And I bet you've had that feeling too
You can't laugh all the time

And if the fires burn out there's only fire to blame
(Hold back the rain)
No time for worry 'cause we're on the roam again
(Hold back the rain)
The clouds all scatter and we ride the outside lane
(Hold back the rain)
Not on your own so help me please, hold back the rain

So what if the words ain't rhyming
Did you think that it's just a game
I probably didn't even say that right
And I really don't give a damn

Okay go off and wander
I'm guilty just the same
Sometimes you're needed badly
So please come back again

And if the fires burn out there's only fire to blame
(Hold back the rain)
No time for worry 'cause we're on the roam again
(Hold back the rain)
The clouds all scatter and we ride the outside lane
(Hold back the rain)
Not on your own so help me please, hold back the rain

And if the stars burn out, there's only fire to blame
(Hold back the rain)
No time for worry 'cause we're on the roam again
(Hold back the rain)
The clouds all scatter and we ride the outside lane
(Hold back the rain)
Not on your own so help me please, hold back the rain

Hold back the rain
Hold back the rain
Hold back the rain
Hold back the rain
Hold back the rain
Hold back the rain




Hold back the rain
Hold back the rain

Overall Meaning

The lyrics to Duran Duran's song "Hold Back the Rain" describe a sense of displacement and restlessness. The singer feels far from home ("miles away from nowhere"), and the wind, which "doesn't have a name," adds to the sense of disorientation. However, despite the uncertainty of the situation, the singer suggests that we can still make meaning out of it by "calling it what you want to call it." The wind might be nameless, but we can still define it in our own terms.


The second verse addresses the idea of change. The singer is told that they haven't changed, but they don't feel the same. The lyrics suggest that change is inevitable, and that everyone experiences it at some point. Despite this, there are times when we all feel like we can't laugh all the time - in other words, we can't ignore the challenges and struggles that life can bring.


Throughout the song, the refrain "hold back the rain" repeats. This phrase seems to be a plea for help, a recognition that sometimes we can't do everything on our own. The imagery of rain and fire suggests natural forces that are beyond our control, and the repeated refrain emphasizes the need for support from others.


Line by Line Meaning

We're miles away from nowhere
We are far from any civilization


And the wind doesn't have a name
The wind is not a recognizable force


So call it what you want to call it
You can name the wind whatever you desire


Still blows down the lane
The wind continues unobstructed


People tell me, I haven't changed at all
My appearance hasn't altered according to others


But I don't feel the same
I don't feel constant


And I bet you've had that feeling too
I believe you know this feeling


You can't laugh all the time
Life isn't always happy and funny


And if the fires burn out there's only fire to blame
If the situation worsens, we will be responsible


(Hold back the rain)
Let's try to avoid this outcome


No time for worry 'cause we're on the roam again
We have no time to fret because we are exploring a new place


(Hold back the rain)
Let's try to avoid this outcome


The clouds all scatter and we ride the outside lane
The sky clears and we can travel freely


(Hold back the rain)
Let's try to avoid this outcome


Not on your own so help me please, hold back the rain
I am not alone, so I need you to help me avoid this outcome


So what if the words ain't rhyming
Who cares if the lyrics are not in a poetic form


Did you think that it's just a game
Did you believe this was all for fun?


I probably didn't even say that right
I likely did not express myself correctly


And I really don't give a damn
I genuinely do not care


Okay go off and wander
You can continue your journey


I'm guilty just the same
I feel responsible regardless


Sometimes you're needed badly
At times there is a significant need for you


So please come back again
Please return when possible


And if the stars burn out, there's only fire to blame
If the situation worsens, we will be at fault


(Hold back the rain)
Let's try to avoid this outcome


No time for worry 'cause we're on the roam again
We have no time to fret because we are exploring a new place


(Hold back the rain)
Let's try to avoid this outcome


The clouds all scatter and we ride the outside lane
The sky clears and we can travel freely


(Hold back the rain)
Let's try to avoid this outcome


Not on your own so help me please, hold back the rain
I am not alone, so I need you to help me avoid this outcome


Hold back the rain
Prevent the storm from happening


Hold back the rain
Prevent the storm from happening


Hold back the rain
Prevent the storm from happening


Hold back the rain
Prevent the storm from happening


Hold back the rain
Prevent the storm from happening


Hold back the rain
Prevent the storm from happening


Hold back the rain
Prevent the storm from happening




Lyrics © BMG Rights Management, Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC
Written by: ANDY TAYLOR, JOHN TAYLOR, NICK RHODES, ROGER TAYLOR, SIMON LE BON

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