I Wish It Would Rain Down

Album: ...But Seriously (1989)
Charted: 7 3
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  • This song is about a relationship that has passed, perhaps because of cheating, but the singer reflects on everything that was said, and still hangs onto their relationship, even though he knows his chances of ever seeing them back together are less than likely.
  • This song was a #1 in Canada for 6 weeks, among other foreign Countries, and had a popular guitar part played by Eric Clapton and a lengthy music video which had actor Jeffrey Tambor as a musical director for a stage play harshly judging Phil's singing talent. >>
    Suggestion credit:
    Logan - Troy, MT, for above 2
  • In a BBS interview Collins said with his tongue very much in his cheek that this song, "is about a frustrated weatherman that regularly predicts rain showers but never gets it right."
  • In the music video for the song, the fictional character Phil Collins plays wins an Oscar. Later in life, he would win one of his own, for the song "You'll Be In My Heart" from the soundtrack to Disney's 1999 movie Tarzan. >>
    Suggestion credit:
    Mitchell - Liverpool, UK

Comments: 4

  • Mitchell from Liverpool, UkThe music video for the song showed Phil's character fictionally winning an Oscar. Later in life, he would win one of his own, for the song "You'll Be In My Heart" from Disney's Tarzan.
  • Jeff from Kingston, TnAny one know of any good covers of this? Good song that makes you feel like you yourself has made a mistake. Collins has this song going gospel, blues, gospel then blues again. Love the guitar and the background vocals.
  • Jason from Ogallala, NeThe thing that sticks out the most with this song is the guitar play, thanks Clapton! Collins really belts it out too, great tune.
  • Diann from Evansville, InThis song is so surreal of how a person feels when they realize what a fool they have been. I guess we all learn from our mistakes, then we just have to stand in the rain and hope to wash away our stupidity. I know a little deep, no pun intended.
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