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RAIN / PENNIES FROM HEAVEN

Former farmers turned their umbrellas upside-down to catch “Pennies From Heaven”, as promised by Bing Crosby in the 1936 film of that name. Peter DeRose’s similarly themed “Rain” left nothing behind except an uptempo 78 by banjo-playing vaudevillian Elmo Tanner. So Ron Sexsmith is the first singer to record this poignant composition in more than 80 years. Jesse Zubot’s fitfully sunny fiddle dances playfully between raindrops provided by California steel-drum master Jeff Narell.

Lyrics

 

Rain, when ya gonna rain again, rain? Grow the golden grain again.
Shower your blessings on me.
Rain, make the rivers deep again, Rain. please don't let me weep again.
Shower your blessings on me.

The cow's in the meadow and the sheep's in the corn.
They know that something is wrong. Old Mother Earth can never give birth
When you're away so long.

Rain, make it green in lover's lane, rain, for my gal and me again.
Shower your blessings on me.

Jeff Narell
Ron Sexsmith with Paul Myers, Lili Vieira de Carvalho, and Ken Eisner (photo by Liza Algar)
Jesse Zubot

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