Get Back Up Again

Supertramp recorded ‘It’s Raining Again’ and released it as a single from their 1982 seventh album …Famous Last Words…  It was written by Roger Hodgson and it peaked at #11 on the Billboard Hot 100, but only made it to #26 on the UK Singles Chart.  This was Supertramp’s last top 40 hit in the UK.  This was the final album to be released by the classic lineup of the band (Hodgson, Davies, Helliwell, Thomson, and Siebenberg).  Hodgson and Davies had different ideas about the music that Supertramp should be making and the group split into factions, as Rick and Roger grew apart.  The record was recorded in two different locations with Roger living in the mountains and Rick located in LA and Helliwell, Thomson, and Siebenberg had to travel back and forth to record their parts.

Roger Hodgson played piano, and sang lead and backing vocals, with Dougie Thomson on bass, Bob Siebenberg on drums.  John Helliwell played baritone (middle of song) and tenor saxophones, and synthesizers on this tune while Rick Davies played additional synthesizers, and a melodica solo which is a free-reed instrument similar to the pump organ and harmonica.  Hodgson left and Rick and the other guys decided to stay together trying to get back to their earlier sound.  Hodgson claimed that he made a deal with Davies that he could keep the Supertramp name as long as he never played any of Hodgson’s songs.  After he left, the band initially did not play his songs, but over time, the need to sell concert tickets seems to have caused Davies to renege on the claimed agreement.  This made Hodgson, furious, seeing this as a betrayal by his former friend.  There is still a lot of bad feelings between these two 40 years later.

The word rain in this song is probably being used as a metaphor for a breakup, but rain can also be a symbol of renewed life, because it helps new plants grow.  One way to view this song is to look at it as being about the inevitable breakup, which Roger saw coming.  Lyrics like, “love’s at an end”, “hard to pretend”, “losing a friend”, “will my heart ever mend”, all make me think that there is a lot more to this song than just rain.  The third stanza tells the whole story with, “You’re old enough some people say, To read the signs and walk away, It’s only time that heals the pain, And makes the sun come out again”, as Roger knew that this group was not working for him anymore and maybe some time off was what everyone needed.  Roger was determined to have his own way, and I think quitting the band was hard on him.  He probably wished that he was more of a fighter, so he could get back up again.  This song ends with the nursery rhyme “It’s raining it’s pouring”. Which was in The Little Mother Goose, that was published in the US in 1912.  Rain can make things slippery, and sadly this old man probably got a concussion when he bumped his head, so he wasn’t able to get up in the morning, probably because he died in his sleep.

Oh, it’s raining again
Oh no, my love’s at an end
Oh no, it’s raining again
And you know it’s hard to pretend

Oh no, it’s raining again
Too bad I’m losing a friend
Oh no, it’s raining again
Oh will my heart ever mend

You’re old enough some people say
To read the signs and walk away
It’s only time that heals the pain
And makes the sun come out again

It’s raining again
Oh no, my love’s at an end
Oh no, it’s raining again
Too bad I’m losing a friend

C’mon you little fighter
No need to get uptighter
C’mon you little fighter
And get back up again

It’s raining again
Oh no, my love’s at an end
Oh no, it’s raining again
Too bad I’m losing a friend

 

C’mon you little fighter
No need to get uptighter
C’mon you little fighter
And get back up again
Oh, get back up again
Oh, fill your heart again

It’s raining, it’s pouring
The old man is snoring
He went to bed and bumped his head
And he couldn’t get up in the morning

Written for Song Lyric Sunday where the theme today is rain.

28 thoughts on “Get Back Up Again

  1. It was the album ‘Crime of The Century’ and the single; ‘Dreamer’ which really got me into Supertramp. It’s still one of my all-time favourite albums. I wasn’t so keen on the next album; ‘Crisis? What Crisis’ though and I kind of went off them a bit after that lol.

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      1. Dreamer was a great song but one that despite going to No. 13 in the UK was a commercial failure, never charting in America. I remember listening to an interview with the band when they re-released it in 1980 off the Paris live album. Even that release had limited success in the US

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  2. Great song Jim. One of the bright spots on an album that couldn’t possibly live up to the success of its predecessor and one of the greatest albums of all time, Breakfast in America.

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    1. That is an excellent way to describe it. I am writing about music in April and my computer is Windows 11 which does not support music symbols, so I am wondering if you know of a software with symbols that I can pop into my Word documents.

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      1. I haven’t tried Windows 11 yet…I haven’t heard great things about it. What version of Microsoft Word do you have?

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      2. Jim I don’t mean to ask so many questions…but how did you do it before? From what I’ve seen it shouldn’t interfere with it. Did you do this?
        Launch Microsoft Word.
        Go to the Insert tab.
        Click on the Symbol drop-down button…
        Click on More Symbols option next….
        The Symbol dialog window will open.
        Click on the Font drop-down list….
        Scroll down to Music Notation font….
        Here select the musical symbol and click Insert….

        Or did you do it another way?

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      3. I think you hit on the key…I just looked it up and many people are complaining…you need a font…there are free musical fonts out there.
        You download whatever you need…go to
        https://www.fontspace.com/category/music,symbols

        I tried “Metdemo” and it worked…Unzip the font and right-click on it. When you right click a box will come up and click install

        Close word and open it back up…you should see the metdemo font….select it…Use your shift key like you are making a capital and you will see the Musical Fonts. You have to use the shift key before they come up.

        I’m sure the other ones work just as well.

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      4. I have Word 2019….after you click install…maybe you need to reboot Jim…they showed up in mine…hopefully they will. They look like scribble when you look for them

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      5. Thats ok Jim…sorry about giving you bad advice but I did it as I told you…like I usually do and it showed up in mine. I can’t believe Windows 11 would be any different. Can you try another font?

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