Trinidad Weather: “Can You Stand The Rain”?

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





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