Lead singer Fran Healy wrote the song while on holiday in Israel. He wanted to go somewhere sunny because in his hometown of Glasgow it rained all the time. In an interview at the Live 8 concert, he explained that he was spending a short holiday in the southern vacation city Eilat in the middle of the winter. The city is known for it's hot weather even during the winter time, but surprisingly it began to rain for two days during his stay.
Suggestion credit: Mor - Ness Ziona, Israel
The line "Is it because I lied when I was seventeen?" is a reference to Healy taking a job in a bar at the age of 17 and telling his employer he was 18.
Suggestion credit: joanne - glasgow, Scotland
When Travis started to perform this song at the 1999 Glastonbury Festival, after being sunny for several hours, it began to rain exactly when the first line was sung.
Dilly from Nowhere, Or@Patrick - I think it's playing on the phrase "light at the end of the tunnel," which means something good after a bunch of bad stuff. So he's saying he sees the something bad coming after all the good stuff.
Patrick from Southall, United KingdomI love the line "I'm seeing a tunnel at the end of all these lights". I have no idea what it means, but I love it.
Jeff from Austin, TxI saw that performance on DVD from that festival where it started raining as soon as they started this song. Pretty amazing stuff!! Travis is easily one of the best bands that most Americans don't know about. They're like Coldplay with no lame ass piano and much better songs.
Chloe from Agoura Hills, CaI really like this song. When ever I feel bad or just can't sleep I listen to this song.
Martin from Reading, Englandi remember fran saying it means nothing, and people read far to much into lyrics
Andy from Halifax, EnglandEveryone thinks that this song is about "rain in his soul" but actually it was inspired by bad weather in Israel.