Song Lyric Sunday: Lou Christie, “Rhapsody In The Rain”

I love rain. I love listening to the rain, watching the rain fall, even standing in the rain (back in my pre-stroke days). I listen to the sound of rain all night, because it helps me sleep. One of the first playlists I created for the blog was "Ten Songs About Rain". Most of the videos have been removed from YouTube, but an expanded version is here. This week Jim asked for a song that mentions rain….

"Rhapsody In The Rain" was written by Lou Christie and Twyla Herbert and released as a single by Christie in March 1966. The lyrics raised more than a few eyebrows, and some radio stations wouldn’t play it because they talked about…. you know… S-E-X. MGM requested that Christie re-record the song with less-controversial lyrics, which of course he did, because that’s what you did in the ’60’s. The song reached #10 in Canada, #16 in the US, #37 in the UK, and #40 in Australia. Here is the original (i.e. "dirty") version and lyrics.

Baby the raindrops play for me
A lonely rhapsody ’cause on our first date
We were makin’ out in the rain

And in this car our love went much too far
It was exciting as thunder
Tonight I wonder where you are

The windshield wipers seemed to say
“Together – together – together – together”
And now they are saying
“Oh, ne…ver, ne…ver”
Ooh-wee, ooh-wee, baby

[Chorus]
Rhapsody in the rain
Rhapsody in the rain
Angels keep cryin’ for me (don’t stop)
Angels keep cryin’ for me (don’t stop)

Baby, I’m parked outside your door
Remember makin’ love, makin’ love,
we were makin’ love in the storm
(sha-la-la-la la-la)

And then a flash from above
Lightning – lightning – lightning – lightning
Just li-ike our love
It was exciting, exciting
Ooh-wee, ooh-wee, baby

[Chorus]

Yesterday, bring back yesterday

[Chorus]

(lyrics from Lyrics.com)

And that’s Song Lyric Sunday (and Song of the Day) for March 20,2022.

27 thoughts on “Song Lyric Sunday: Lou Christie, “Rhapsody In The Rain”

  1. Hi John – interesting to see the backstory to the song – thanks for letting us know about it – I definitely hadn’t heard of it – cheers Hilary

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  2. I never heard of this song before but am laughing that the lyrics are “dirty”. I was expecting explicit but this is nothing. Just shows the times.

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  3. I forgot about his one. He was managed by the evil Stan Polley..but I believe he managed to get out of it without being ripped too bad like Badfinger.

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    1. I didn’t hear it until years later. It never charted at WLS. They never added it to their playlist. Funny, becaause the “it was exciting, exciting” part was part of “Batman and his grandmother,” which was a Top 20 hit at the same time.

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    1. It never charted in Chicago at WLS, which was the only Top 40 station at the time. Guess they never played it, because I didn’t hear it until about 10 years ago.

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  4. Love this song. I so remember when it came out. I was in junior high at the time and the controversy of the song was much discussed. It was very popular in the Chicagoland area and I guess through most of the country.

    Arlee Bird
    Tossing It Out

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    1. I just checked the charts at WLS, and it doesn’t look like it was ever on them, at least not right after it came out. It came out in March, and it didn’t chart all the way through Memorial Day. I’ll have to check the rest of them, I guess…

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      1. Maybe WLS banned it. I think it was banned at my school after the folks in charge understood what it was about. Probably the scandalous nature of the song caused us as kids to seek it out. My sister had the 45 so I did hear it at home a lot, but I can recall hearing it in other places as well.

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        1. I hadn’t thought of that… I think it’s generally accepted as fact that the Catholic Church was the one that wanted it pulled, and at the time I think that had even more power in Chicago than Mayor Daley himself…

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