Tomorrow May Rain

In February 1964, the Beatles arrived in the United States and their televised performances on The Ed Sullivan Show were viewed by approximately 73 million people.  The band became instantly popular, and had unprecedented domination of the national sales charts and in six weeks the Liverpool foursome went from being unknowns to the biggest pop stars in the USA.  Their singles and albums sold millions of records, and at one point in April 1964 all five best-selling U.S. singles were Beatles songs.  From the start of 1964, their world tours were characterized by the same levels of hysteria and high-pitched screaming by female fans, both at concerts and during the group’s travels.  In mid-October of 1964, The Beatles were in a jam, as they were contracted to have a new single and an entire new album complete and in the stores for the Christmas shopping season.  Their last album A Hard Day’s Night had just reached the record shops three months earlier, but Beatles fans were eagerly awaiting new material for the end of the year.

The problem was that the group was just too busy, they performed an extensive 18-day marathon concert season in Paris, played throughout London, entered into the whirlwind of American Beatlemania for the first time, filmed their first motion picture, embarked on their first international tour and recorded two full albums as well as singles and an EP.  They squeezed in a few recording dates, but they had only completed seven contenders for the sixteen required songs.  The decision was made to include some of their favorite cover songs, but they still needed to write more material themselves.  Being under this kind of pressure led them to purge their memories for songs they may have written years ago, but never got around to doing anything with.

Paul McCartney had certain songs from way back that he never really finished up, and ’I’ll Follow The Sun’ was one of those.  It wasn’t easy being tasked with recording their fourth album Beatles for Sale in a little more than a year, but the Beatlemania-battered quartet quickly shuttled to the studio for a loose set of covers, tossed-off originals and a few gems.  Paul wrote ‘I’ll Follow The Sun’ in 1959 at McCartney’s family home in Allerton, Liverpool on the front parlor in Forthlin Road when he was 16.  He said that he wrote this just after he had the flu and he remembered looking out through lace curtains of the window with his guitar while writing this.

One day, you’ll look
To see I’ve gone
For tomorrow may rain, so
I’ll follow the sun

Some day, you’ll know
I was the one
But tomorrow may rain, so
I’ll follow the sun

And now the time has come
And so, my love, I must go
And though I lose a friend
In the end you will know
Oh-oh-oh

One day, you’ll find
That I have gone
But tomorrow may rain, so
I’ll follow the sun

Yeah, tomorrow may rain, so
I’ll follow the sun

And now the time has come
And so, my love, I must go
And though I lose a friend
In the end, you will know
Oh-oh-oh

One day. you’ll find
That I have gone
But tomorrow may rain, so
I’ll follow the sun

Written for Thursday Inspiration #116 (They Long to Be) Close to You.

10 thoughts on “Tomorrow May Rain

  1. I remember watching the Beatles on Ed Sullivan as a high school junior. I knew they were big but never would have believed they would have such staying power 57 years later.

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