Cool­ing off with some songs about rain

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Don’t know if any­one has no­ticed, but it’s hot out­side.

Like Africa hot. Like sev­enth layer of Hades hot. Like why- have- I - l i ved- i n- t heSouth-all- my- life- what- iswrong-with-me hot.

So in the in­ter­est of be­ing a bless­ing, here are a few songs that may of­fer brief, cool­ing relief as sweat pours off your body (yes, the Bob Seger ref­er­ence is in­ten­tional).

And I prom­ise, Vanilla Ice’s “Ice Ice Baby” is not one of them, nor are “Rain­drops Keep Fall­ing on My Head” by B.J. Thomas or “It’s Rain­ing Men” by Weather Girls. Cold beers are op­tional, but highly rec­om­mended.

“Hell Ain’t a Bad Place to Be” by AC/DC. I guess it de­pends on your point of view, but at least the thought is op­ti­mistic.

“Rain in the Sum­mer­time” by The Alarm. “I love to feel the rain in the sum­mer­time/I love to feel the rain on my face.” Yeah, you do — ex­cept when the rain feels like a warm shower in­stead of a plunge into cool wa­ter.

“Rain Down on Me” by Blue Rodeo. Not ex­actly the hap­pi­est song in the world but the ar­range­ment cer­tainly trig­gers thoughts of gray, rainy days.

“Rain” by the Bea­tles. While the folks in the song “run and hide their heads” when the rain comes, maybe we ought to re­think that plan.

“Good One Comin’ On” by Black­berry Smoke. A lake, bev­er­ages, girls and other “ac­cou­trements.” OK, you’ll still sweat, bu t who cares?

“Cryin’ i n t h e Ra in” by Whites­nake. The 1982 bluesy orig­i­nal, not the

shiny, oh- so’80s ver­sion from 1987.

“The Rain Song” by Led Zep­pelin. Dreamy and lan­guid. Close your eyes and float down­stream.

“Hat­ful of Rain” by Del Amitri. Bouncy and melodic. Ex­cel­lent for jump­ing hap­pily from pud­dle to pud­dle.

“Rainy Night in Ge­or­gia” by Brook Ben­ton. A rainy night in Ge­or­gia or Ten­nessee would be fine for our area.

“I Wish It Would Rain” by the Temp­ta­tions. Don’t we all? (For a harder-edged ver­sion of this song, check out the take by Lit­tle Cae­sar.)

“Let It Rain” by Eric Clap­ton or UFO or Melissa Etheridge. Three sep­a­rate songs. Take your pick; which­ever one works for you.

“Who’ll Stop the Rain” and “Have You Ever Seen the Rain” by Cree­dence Clear­wa­ter Re­vival. OK, why would you want to stop the rain in heat like this?

“I Feel the Rain” by the Trews. The song by the Nova Sco­tia band is more about love than rain, but in days like these, feel­ing rain for any rea­son may be wel­come.

“Pur­ple Rain” by Prince. No list about rain is com­plete with­out it.

Shawn Ryan

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