About the song

If you are a fan of classic rock, you probably know the song “Have You Ever Seen the Rain” by Creedence Clearwater Revival (CCR). It is one of their most popular and enduring songs, with over one billion streams on Spotify as of March 2023. But do you know the history behind this song? In this blog post, we will explore the origins, meaning and impact of this timeless tune.

“Have You Ever Seen the Rain” was written by John Fogerty, the lead singer and guitarist of CCR. It was released as a single in 1971, along with “Hey Tonight”, from their sixth studio album Pendulum. The song reached number one in Canada, number eight in the US, and number 36 in the UK. It was also certified gold by the RIAA for selling over one million copies.

The song has a catchy melody and a simple structure, with three verses and a chorus. The lyrics are about a sunny day that is interrupted by rain, which is used as a metaphor for something sad or disappointing. Some people have interpreted the song as a protest against the Vietnam War, or as a reflection of the social and political turmoil of the late 1960s and early 1970s. However, Fogerty has denied these interpretations, and has revealed that the song is actually about the internal conflicts within CCR and his brother Tom’s decision to leave the band.

Fogerty said that he wrote the song when he realized that CCR had achieved everything they had dreamed of, but they were still unhappy and dissatisfied. He said that he felt like he was living in a paradox, where he had success but not joy. He also said that he wanted to express his sadness and frustration about his brother’s departure, which he felt was inevitable. He said that he used rain as a symbol of sadness, because he had always loved rainy days since he was a child.

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“Have You Ever Seen the Rain” has been covered by many artists over the years, such as Rod Stewart, Bonnie Tyler, Joan Jett, Smokie, Spin Doctors, Ramones, and Alan Jackson. It has also been featured in many movies and TV shows, such as Forrest Gump, The Longest Yard, Evan Almighty, Stargate SG-1, The Office, Supernatural, and Stranger Things. The song has become a classic rock anthem that resonates with many generations of listeners.

In 2018, CCR released a new music video for the song to celebrate their 50th anniversary. The video features Jack Quaid, Sasha Frolova and Erin Moriarty as young musicians who perform the song at a bar. The video also includes footage of CCR performing live in 1970. The video pays tribute to the legacy of CCR and their fans.

“Have You Ever Seen the Rain” is a song that has stood the test of time and has touched many hearts. It is a song that speaks to the human condition of facing challenges and changes in life. It is a song that reminds us to appreciate what we have and to look for hope in the darkest times.

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Lyrics

Someone told me long ago
There’s a calm before the storm
I know, it’s been coming for some time
When it’s over, so they say
It’ll rain a sunny day
I know, shining down like water

I wanna know, have you ever seen the rain?
I wanna know, have you ever seen the rain?
Coming down on a sunny day

Yesterday, and days before
Sun is cold and rain is hard
I know, been that way for all my time
‘Til forever, on it goes
Through the circle, fast and slow
I know, it can’t stop, I wonder

I wanna know, have you ever seen the rain?
I wanna know, have you ever seen the rain?
Coming down on a sunny day

Yeah!

I wanna know, have you ever seen the rain?
I wanna know, have you ever seen the rain?
Coming down on a sunny day