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In 1996, Clint Black co-wrote and recorded a song that soon became his tenth No. 1 single. His frequent collaborator Hayden Nicholas helped a lot in the writing of the song titled “Like the Rain.” The song almost debuted at top 40 on the US Billboard Hot Country Singles chart peaking at No. 42. One month after its release in September 1996, it became the No. 1 song on the country chart. It enjoyed the topmost position for three weeks. Moreover, the single also earned him a Grammy Awards nomination for Best Male Country Vocal Performance in 1997. In 2007, Black re-recorded the song for his album The Love Songs with slight modification, particularly on its tempo. Its lyrics and melody formed a perfect blending which contributed to its commercial success.
A Romantic Story Behind the Song
Described as a country ballad, “Like the Rain” tells a romantic story of a man who never liked the rain. Such disposition has changed though when he walked through the rain with his lover.
“I never liked the rain until I walked through it with you,”
says the opening line. That alone already speaks a lot about what love can do to a person. In the chorus, the narrator emphasized his disbelief on not liking the rain before. He further elucidated that
“he has fallen for [her] now just like the rain.”
On the verse, the man shows optimism toward stormy days since he is now with his lover.
Employing actual sounds of rain on its album version added authenticity to the song’s theme. Here is a music video of the song for our listening pleasure.
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Clint Black, Hayden Nicholas, Like the Rain
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