Creedence Clearwater Revival - Have You Ever Seen The Rain?




"Have You Ever Seen the Rain" is a song written by John Fogerty and released as a single in 1971 from the album Pendulum (1970) by roots rock group Creedence Clearwater Revival.


According to John Fogerty, this song's meaning changed for him over time. Introducing the song at a 2012 show in Arizona, he said: "This song was originally written about a very sad thing that was going on in my life. But I refuse to be sad now. Because now this song reminds me of my little girl, Kelsy, and every time I sing it, I think about Kelsy and rainbows."


Fogerty added that this is his all-time favorite song, even though it's one he wrote himself.

Musically, this song was inspired by the group Booker T. & the MG's, whose most famous song is "Green Onions." They opened for Creedence Clearwater Revival before CCR recorded the Pendulum album. John Fogerty loved the sound of Booker T. Jones' Hammond organ, so he used it on some tracks for the album, including this one.






Lyrics



Someone told me long ago there's a calm before the storm, I know; it's been comin' for some time. When it's over, so they say, it'll rain a sunny day, I know; shinin' down like water.

I want to know, have you ever seen the rain? I want to know, have you ever seen the rain Comin' down on a sunny day?

Yesterday, and days before, sun is cold and rain is hard, I know; been that way for all my time. 'til forever, on it goes through the circle, fast and slow, I know; it can't stop, i wonder.

Yeah!



Songwriters: John Cameron Fogerty

Have You Ever Seen the Rain lyrics © S.I.A.E. Direzione Generale, Jondora Music