Song lyrics play an important role in music appreciation in my family, so I made sure to provide lyrics for this song.
Well there’s a light in your eye that keeps shining
Like a star that can’t wait for the night
I hate to think I’ve been blinded baby
Why can’t I see you tonight?
And the warmth of your smile starts a-burning
And the thrill of your touch gives me fright
And I’m shaking so much, really yearning
Why don’t you show up, make it all right?
Yeah, it’s all right
And if you promised you’d love so completely
And you said you would always be true
You swore that you never would leave me, baby
What ever happened to you?
And you thought it was only in movies
As you wish all your dreams would come true
It isn’t the first time believe me, baby
I’m standing here feeling blue
Yeah I’m blue
Now I will stand in the rain on the corner
I’ll watch the people go shuffling downtown
Another ten minutes no longer
And then I’m turning around
The clock on the wall’s moving slower
My heart it sinks to the ground
And the storm that I thought would blow over
Clouds the light of the love that I found
Now my body is starting to quiver
And the palms of my hands getting wet
I’ve got no reason to doubt you baby
It’s all a terrible mess
I’ll run in the rain till I’m breathless
When I’m breathless I’ll run till I drop, hey
The thoughts of a fool’s kind of careless
I’m just a fool waiting on the wrong block, oh yeah
Light of the love that I found
It is easy to appreciate music that speaks to us through lyrics we can relate to. Having a killer beat, hook, etc… definitely helps too.
“Fool in the Rain” by Led Zeppelin still makes my dad shake his head. This song is sung from the point of view of a man in love. He’s supposed to meet his girl and each verse chronicles his feelings as the time ticks by.
First he sings of doubt. Wondering if he was somehow tricked. Then he starts to sing of yearning and burning — willing her to show up and “make it all right”. Then he remembers that she promised to love him truly. With this recollection he starts to feel sadness before some anger.
By the fifth verse he draws a line in the sand. Only ten minutes longer will he wait for his love before he’s leaving. With this decision he grows even more depressed with each tick tock of the clock. Physical manifestations of his anxiety and angst begin to surface; quivering, sweating palms, and a mind flooded with doubt.
The eighth and final verse reveal his epiphany – he’s on the wrong block!
A simple misunderstanding, a mistake.
It’s not that the girl was playing a game or standing him up. He simply was at the wrong place. As he runs, breathlessly, to meet his love, the song changes to a hopeful ending “Light of the love that I found!”
Silly boy! You’re mad at your girl for being a no-show, but you realize you’re at the wrong location! Then it’s all hearts and flowers again!
Who wouldn’t relate to the feeling of doubt, fear, angst, anxiety, maybe even a little righteous indignation — only to realize no one has wronged you, instead you’ve made a mistake! We’ve all been the Fool at one time or another. I’m certainly no exception.
What a melodic example of miscommunication.
Communication issues have always plagued marriages — my parent’s marriage is no exception. By poorly communicating, mis-communicating, or choosing not to communicate my parents have had several points of contention that still make my dad shake his head. He was the Fool in the Rain one too many times.