As we all know, Can You Stand The Rain was a smash hit for RnB boy band New Edition back in 1988.
A mid-afternoon rain shower today got me thinking about all the rain references from pop culture that sre relevant to a personally submerged Trinidad during this year’s rainy season.
I was standing in my gallery when it began to rain about 2 hours ago. I turned around to get my phone and must have been gone for 3-5 minutes.
When I came back water was already a few centimeters deep in the street as denoted by the water splashing around the tyres of the cars in the photo at the top of this entry.
Here are 4 examples:
1) New Edition – Can You Stand The Rain (1988)
Everyone in T&T can identify with these lyrics when the dry season gives way to its rainy counterpart:
Sunny days, everybody loves them.
Tell me baby can you stand the rain,
Storms will come, this we know for sure,
Can you stand the rain?
2) Peabo Bryson – Can You Stop The Rain (1991)
Many in the population are crying out like this, fed up of the downpours:
Baby, can you stop the rain from falling
Won’t you chase my clouds away
I’d give anything to see the sun again
3) Eurythmics – Here Comes The Rain Again (1984)
These lyrics ring all too true to those affected by flooding:
Here comes the rain again
Raining in my head like a tragedy
Tearing me apart like a new emotion
4) Ashanti – Rain On Me (2003)
Ditto as number 2 above:
I’m so tired of the rain
In my life
And I’m so tired of the strain