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11 July 2023
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‘Too Much Rain’ is the seventh song on Paul McCartney’s thirteenth solo album Chaos And Creation In The Backyard. See more…

The song was inspired by ‘Smile’, written by Charlie Chaplin for his 1936 film Modern Times, with lyrics later added by John Turner and Geoffrey Parsons. Chaplin had based the music on Puccini’s opera Tosca.

Most of us can accept that some rain must fall into each life, because generally we don’t have more than a little rain. But some human beings – say, refugees in flight, or some people in developing countries who’ve got absolutely nothing and are literally dying of hunger – have, in the most basic of terms, too much rain. It’s not fair that some people should have so much to cope with when the rest of us have so much to be grateful for.

So, even though I might originally have been raised to be that Liverpool tough guy, I’ve learnt over the years to try to open myself up, to understand that so many people’s hearts and lives have a lot of rain in them, a lot of pain. I’d like to think that some of my songs have done the same, have made people feel something they did not even know was there. People have told me they’ve had that experience. And plenty of songs have done the same for me. It’s true that life can sometimes be ‘too much for anyone’, but that’s why we have songs – to try and make the rain go away or, at least, hold an umbrella over you for a while.

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11 February 2017
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Off of the 2005 release Chaos And Creation In The Backyard

This is a nice little tune with intricate melodies and modulating choruses. Paul was 63 when he released this, so its pretty unbelievable that he hasn’t lost the ability to masterfully structure his songs and create tunes that stick with you. 

The final line “It’s alright in your life/No more rain” is a cute ending despite being a liittle bit cheesey. This song doesn’t have the formula to be a hit in this day and age, but I hope it is never forgotten. 

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12 February 2017
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I was just listening to this song yesterday. It’s such a beautiful song and probably my favorite off of Chaos and Creation.

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12 February 2017
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Some people have pain (i.e. depression) so deep that just smiling and laughing aren’t enough. I don’t want people who need anti-depressant medication to try to think they can overcome it with willful thinking.

If this song isn’t about people who need anti-depressants, then I’m OK with the song.

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12 February 2017
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Its not up to Paul McCartney to decide who needs anti-depressants and who doesn’t. It is his job to cheer people up with his music, which is what he is trying to do. Certain hardships can be overcome with pure brainpower, but if there are deeper issues then those should be addressed by a healthcare professional not a music professional. 

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12 February 2017
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Yeah, I don’t think he could put a warning label or an asterisk on a song.

*Not intended as a cure-all for people with severe depression.

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*side effects may include blood clots, diarrhea, and an overwhelming obession with Paul McCartney

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12 February 2017
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I know I have been diagnosed with that last symptom.

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