Rhythm of the Rain
The Cascades Lyrics


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Listen to the rhythm of the falling rain (ahh)
Telling me just what a fool I've been (pitter patter, rap-tap-tap)
I wish that it would go and let me cry in vain (ahh)
And let me be alone again (pitter patter, rap-tap-tap)

The only girl I care about has gone away (ahh)
Looking for a brand new start (pitter patter, rap-tap-tap)
But little does she know that when she left that day (ahh)


Along with her she took my heart (pitter patter, rap-tap-tap)

Rain please tell me now does that seem fair
For her to steal my heart away when she don't care?
I can't love another when my hearts somewhere far away (ooh)

The only girl I care about has gone away (ahh)
Looking for a brand new start (pitter patter, rap-tap-tap)
But little does she know that when she left that day (ahh)
Along with her she took my heart (pitter patter, rap-tap-tap)

Rain won't you tell her that I love her so
Please ask the sun to set her heart aglow
Rain in her heart and let the love we knew start to grow (ooh)

Listen to the rhythm of the falling rain (ahh)
Telling me just what a fool I've been (pitter patter, rap-tap-tap)
I wish that it would go and let me cry in vain (ahh)
And let me be alone again (pitter patter, rap-tap-tap)

Oh, listen to the falling rain (ahh)
Pitter patter, pitter patter (ahh)
Ooh listen, listen to the falling rain (ahh)

Pitter patter, pitter patter, ohh (ahh)
Ooh listen, listen to the falling rain (ahh)

Overall Meaning

The Cascades' "Rhythm of the Rain" is a heart-wrenching ballad about heartbreak and longing for a lost love. The song's opening lines, "Listen to the rhythm of the falling rain, telling me just what a fool I've been," set the stage for a tale of regret and sadness. The sound of the rain serves as a reminder of the singer's lost love and the mistake of letting her go. The song's melody is light and wistful, with the rhythm mimicking the sound of raindrops falling on a windowpane.


The lyrics go on to describe the pain of being without the one you love. The singer laments that he can't love anyone else because his heart still belongs to his lost love. He wishes the rain would go away so he could cry in peace, alone with his heartache. He pleads with the rain to communicate his love to his ex-girlfriend, begging it to "tell her that I love her so" and asking it to "ask the sun to set her heart aglow."


Overall, "Rhythm of the Rain" is a timeless classic that speaks to the universal experience of heartbreak and the longing for a lost love. Its simple yet poignant lyrics, combined with the song's upbeat melody and wistful sound effects, make it a must-listen for anyone dealing with the pain of lost love.


Line by Line Meaning

Listen to the rhythm of the falling rain (ahh)
The sound of the raindrops falling represents the speaker's emotional state


Telling me just what a fool I've been (pitter patter, rap-tap-tap)
The rain is making the speaker realize their mistakes and foolish behavior


I wish that it would go and let me cry in vain (ahh)
The speaker wishes the rain would stop so they can cry alone and unobserved


And let me be alone again (pitter patter, rap-tap-tap)
The repetition of the rain sounds emphasizes the speaker's desire for solitude


The only girl I care about has gone away (ahh)
The speaker is heartbroken because the person they love has left them


Looking for a brand new start (pitter patter, rap-tap-tap)
The person the speaker loves left to start a new life


But little does she know that when she left that day (ahh)
The speaker feels hurt that the person they love left without knowing how much it would affect them


Along with her she took my heart (pitter patter, rap-tap-tap)
The speaker is expressing the feeling of being incomplete and shattered without their loved one


Rain please tell me now does that seem fair
The speaker is asking if it's fair that their heart was broken by the departure of the one they love


For her to steal my heart away when she don't care?
The speaker is questioning the morality of the person they love leaving them without a second thought


I can't love another when my hearts somewhere far away (ooh)
The speaker is admitting that they can't move on because their heart is still with the person who left


Rain won't you tell her that I love her so
The speaker is asking the rain to pass on their message of love to the person who left them


Please ask the sun to set her heart aglow
The speaker is hoping that the person they love will feel the same way and return their love


Rain in her heart and let the love we knew start to grow (ooh)
The speaker is asking the rain to bring back the love they once shared and revive their relationship


Oh, listen to the falling rain (ahh)
The speaker is expressing their sadness and longing in the repetitive sound of the rain


Pitter patter, pitter patter (ahh)
The onomatopoeic words represent the sound of the rain and add to the emotional impact of the song


Ooh listen, listen to the falling rain (ahh)
The speaker is emphasizing the importance of the sound of the rain to their emotional state


Pitter patter, pitter patter, ohh (ahh)
The repetition of the sounds shows the speaker's fixation on the rain as a representation of their sadness


Ooh listen, listen to the falling rain (ahh)
The speaker is urging listeners to focus on the sound of the rain as a symbol of their emotional state




Lyrics © BMG Rights Management, Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC, Warner Chappell Music, Inc.
Written by: John Gummoe

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Mel Taggart

I am 74 now, and still can't understand where time goes. In my heart, when I hear this song and others of the 60's, I'm 16 and walking in the dark along the summer beach with my girlfriend. All our friends could see were four distant white legs by the surf. The music plays and I'm 'back there in a heartbeat'.

Mel Taggart

@James Very best wishes to you too, James.

James

Best time it my life for sure I’m 74in august we have it twice because we have memories of the first time we had this music in our lives ENJOY ENJOY WE LIVED IN THE BEST TIMES

David Childress

To think... it is "us", you... me... him... her... every single one of all 7+ billion of us who utilize Time. Nothing else on Earth does. Nothing. "We" compartmentalize Time into it's proper tense depending how we employ it at any given moment. "Past... Present... Future." But... the moment you would leave Earth and enter space... then outer space... Time would cease to exist. It doesn't exist "down here", either, to be real about it. Humans invent, classify, run their very existences on a phantom. From the moment you were born to the moment you die... while here you will always be a slave shackled to uncaring, yet oppressive... Time. 😉

John Nemeth

We now understand life is but a vapor

Ric Bernabe

Right there with you.

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Margaret Hill

I think I was 15 when this was a hit. I loved it then and I love it now. Where has the time gone. I'm 75 now, married for 52 years to my high school sweetheart, 3 wonderful children, 4 grandsons, and pretty good health. It doesn't get much better than this! Beautiful memories!!

tony enriquez

Congrats ma'am for your good health keep it up!

philip norris

Keep on rocking, Margaret.

Vimal

Your very lucky sir

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