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When the Rain Comes ...

I was driving home from a festival in Taranaki. The summer had been very dry and the landscape was parched. Then came the storm and the road turned into a river. It got me thinking about the extremes of climate, how they are becoming more extreme, more often.
And I wrote this song. I hope somehow, somewhere, it makes a difference (special demo recording for Climate Change LSC Songwriting Challenge.

For me, the song is about; yes, there is climate change and things are getting worse; yes, we as human beings are responsible; the challenge is, can we make things better or will we die off before the planet improves again?

When the rain comes

The paddocks red dust and the animals suffer
Grass bone white but the earth will recover
When the rain comes, this land will be green once again

The water’s too deep in the storm without end
Red wounds run freely cut deep in the land
As the rain fades, these hills will be green once again

Chasing dark gold is not feeding the famished
Mining the deep 'til the hunger has vanished
When the tide turns, will the waters run clear once again?

Soft gentle breeze and the warmth of the ocean
Are thrown into turmoil by our generation
When our lights fade, will the air be clean once again?

When our lights fade, will the air be clean once again?
When the tide turns, will the waters run clear once again?
As the rain fades, these hills will be green once again?
When the rain comes, this land will be green once again?
When the rain comes….

Copyright Nigel Parry (Nigel Lloyd Parry) 2014, APRA member number 787999.

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When the Rain Comes (Demo)
When the Rain Comes ...
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I wanted to explore 5th and 7th chords so this is what I came up with. In this case I wrote the music first and then came with the lyrics.

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