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SWEET RAIN

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This is the song that made me a professional songwriter. Used in the movie THE VANISHING it still results in sizable checks on a quarterly schedule from ASCAP. Barbara does the lead vocxal.
I wrote this song after planting and fertalizing a crop of sudan grass just to have the sun shine down with no relief on it for 100 days and no rain. We, Texas Water, were heading home one night AFTER A GIG at Gringo’s in Grapevine when the drops of rain started splattering on the windshield. I said, “Sweet Rain,” and that was all I needed to get started on this beloved song.
Ra Byn was 12 when he did those guitar, drum and bass tracks.

SWEET RAIN Key G

G Bass F# Em
It’s been a long dry spell
C Bass B Am
I haven’t done that well
Em D C
And when you reach a certain level
D
You just get by

I could draw you a map of hell.
Oh the stories I could tell
I watched a daughter of the devil
sit down and cry

C                       G

For rain, rain, rain, SWEET RAIN
Rain, rain, rain, SWEET RAIN
D
Rain to wash the salt away
C
Rain to melt a cloudy day
G
SWEET RAIN

The sun can ruin the land.
Turn your gardens into sand
Lap all the water from the river
until it runs dry

Oh, the ocean’s seen it all
It’s lived to see the forests crawl
Follow the clouds across the mountains
Now tell me why?

CHORUS

(C) 1980 Royal T Music

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That’s a terrific tune, James! Good lyrics, playing, and vocals. I enjoyed that. It actually helped relax me. I’m so glad you sold it! Sweet song. I always like your music. It’s good you’re making some income with it. You deserve that! - Doreen Peri

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James Michael Taylor said

Kim Triolo Feil James Michael Taylor that's a fantastic story and a very lovely song

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James Michael Taylor said

Jason Paschall One of the most beautiful songs I’ve ever experienced. Great vid!

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James Michael Taylor said

Michael Rehahn so beatiful,yet so deep

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James Michael Taylor said

Cathy Maxwell LOVE this song! Manage

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Bret McCormick Many years ago, after you handed me a Texas Water cassette, I listened to it and this song was the first one that totally grabbed my attention.

Guest said

Yup this tune says Texas to me,Loved the feel,loved the simplicity

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