A Rainy Day

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A Rainy Day

A Rainy Day is a two-piece set that explores deeper meanings of rain. The first piece in the set is entitled Some Rain Must Fall. With text from Henry Wadsworth Longfellow's poem, "The Rainy Day," this piece beautifully captures Longfellow's poignant message that, even though dark and dreary days inevitably come, they won't last forever, for "behind the clouds is the sun still shining."

The second piece in the set is entitled After the Rain. This piece focuses on the beauty and cleansing that comes as a result of the rain, and compares it to the refinement and cleansing that can come to us personally as we emerge from our personal storms and allow hope and brightness back into our lives. After the Rain provides balance to the set and a welcome release from the dreary feel of the first piece, leaving the listener with a scene of calmness and relief. 

Both pieces are ideal for University or advanced High School choirs.

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- SATB divisi, unaccompanied
- Some Rain Must Fall - Text by H. W. Longfellow 
- After the Rain - Text by Lane Johnson 
- Level: Advanced
- Duration: ~7:30

Published by Lane Johnson Music


1. Some Rain Must Fall

The day is cold, and dark, and dreary
It rains, and the wind is never weary;
The vine still clings to the mouldering wall,
But at every gust the dead leaves fall,
And the day is dark and dreary.

My life is cold, and dark, and dreary;
It rains, and the wind is never weary;
My thoughts still cling to the mouldering Past,
But the hopes of youth fall thick in the blast,
And the days are dark and dreary.

Be still, sad heart! and cease repining;
Behind the clouds is the sun still shining;
Thy fate is the common fate of all,
Into each life some rain must fall,
Some days must be dark and dreary.

2. After the Rain

Darkness expelled by a Light though the clouds,
Heaven compelled to dissolve lightless shrouds,
Tears dried by Son Light no longer remain
After the rain.

Storms overhead no more darken the way,
Shadows have ceased to bedim the noon-day,
Then brilliant beams of hope are born and brightness regained
After the rain.

Oh how the cloudburst and tempest refine
As we allow Light to encompass and shine.
Freely the soul sings for respite attained
After the blessed rain.

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