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Song Lyric Sunday – The Rain, The Park, and Other Things

The prompt from Jim:

This week the theme is songs that mention rain.


“The Rain, The Park And Other Things” was written by Artie Kornfeld and Steve Dubofin specifically for The Cowsills, an American family band.

This song is one of a few songs that does not include the title of the song in the lyrics. The song is sometimes known as “The Flower Girl” which was the original title.

According to Kornfield, the record executives were rushing to press the recording but did not want the song to be confused with Scott McKenzie’s success with “San Francisco (Be Sure to Wear Flowers in Your Hair)”. The title came to Kornfield out of mid-air but he would later say he felt it was a premonition of what was to come concerning Woodstock and the later deaths of his wife and daughter.

In 1969, after writing 75 Billboard hits, Kornfield left Capital Records to go on and co-create the Woodstock Music & Arts Festival with Michael Lang.

“The Rain, The Park And Other Things” was recorded and released in 1967. The instrumentation was provided by session musicians although the family could play their own instruments, which they would go on to do in live performances. The song reached #2 in the Billboard Charts and has sold over 3 million copies worldwide.

Interesting note – the sound of the rain in the intro was actually the sound of bacon frying. From Wikipedia:

The Cowsills did not play on their earliest recordings. Studio musicians were brought in to provide the music for this song and many of the earlier singles. For this record, the arranger was Jimmy Wisner, musicians included Gene Bianco on harp, Vinnie Bell, Charles Macy and Al Gorgoni on guitar, Joe Macho on bass, Artie Butler on organ, Paul Griffin on piano, George Devens on percussion, and Buddy Saltzman and Al Rogers on drums.

Kornfeld had planned to use the sound of a rainstorm as the song’s intro, but recordings of real rain proved to be too faint to hear on record; instead he used a stock sound of sizzling bacon to emulate rain.

The Rain, The Park And Other Things
Lyrics from songfacts.com

I saw her sitting in the rain
Raindrops falling on her
She didn’t seem to care
She sat there and smiled at meThen I knew
She could make me happy
Flowers in her hair
Flowers everywhereI love the flower girl
Oh, I don’t know just why, she simply caught my eye
I love the flower girl
She seemed so sweet and kind, she crept into my mindTo my mindI knew I had to say hello
She smiled up at me
And she took my hand
And we walked through the park aloneAnd I knew
She had made me happy
Flowers in her hair
Flowers everywhere

I love the flower girl
Oh, I don’t know just why, she simply caught my eye
I love the flower girl
She seemed so sweet and kind, she crept into my mind

To my mind

Suddenly, the sun broke through
I turned around, she was gone
All I had left
Was one little flower in my hand

But I knew
She had made me happy
Flowers in her hair
Flowers everywhere

I love the flower girl
Was she reality or just a dream to me?
I love the flower girl
Her love showed me the way to find a sunny day

Sunny day

I love the flower girl
Was she reality or just a dream to me?
I love the flower girl


Song Lyric Sunday is hosted every Sunday by Jim Adams. If you would like to join in the fun, check out his blog for the rules and to take in all the other music posted by other bloggers.

32 thoughts on “Song Lyric Sunday – The Rain, The Park, and Other Things”

  1. This is such a lovely song Maggie. This is a very happy song as this guy sees a girl sitting in the rain and the raindrops were falling on her, but she didn’t seem to care. She just sat there and smiled at him with flowers in her hair. Right then he knew that she was the one to make him happy. He had to say hello when she caught his eye and when he did that, she took his hand and they walked through the park alone seeing flowers everywhere. She seemed so sweet and kind, that he wondered if he was losing his mind. Suddenly the sun broke through and when he turned around, she was gone and all he had left was one little flower from her hair. He was not sure if she was reality or just a dream, but she had made him happy.

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  2. This is new to me Maggie both song and group . I liked it a happy song.
    As to the sound of rain being bacon I am not surprised. Our youngest trained as a sound engineer and worked as such briefly before going into IT at the suggestion of his eldest brother as the money was better and there were more openings. I would often find him recording strange things to represent everyday things. Like running water on a red hot pan to be a steam train in a station!

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  3. I’m sorry to say your choice was a bit too ‘twee’ for me, Maggie.
    Of course, I considered ‘Purple Rain’, ‘Walking In The Rain With The One I love’, ‘Raindrops Keep Falling On My Head’, ‘Fire and Rain’, ‘I Wish It Would Rain’, and many more.
    I am offering this one instead, as the singer is British. (Scottish, to be accurate.).
    Annie Lennox.

    Best Wishes, Pete.

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    1. I forgot the lyrics!
      ‘Here Comes The Rain Again’.

      Here comes the rain again
      Falling on my head like a memory
      Falling on my head like a new emotion
      I want to walk in the open wind
      I want to talk like lovers do
      Want to dive into your ocean
      Is it raining with you?
      So, baby, talk to me
      Like lovers do
      Walk with me
      Like lovers do
      Talk to me
      Like lovers do
      Here comes the rain again
      Raining in my head like a tragedy
      Tearing me apart like a new emotion (ooh-ooh, ooh-ooh)
      I want to breathe in the open wind
      I want to kiss like lovers do
      Want to dive into your ocean
      Is it raining with you?
      So, baby, talk to me
      Like lovers do
      Walk with me
      Like lovers do
      Talk to me
      Like lovers do
      So, baby, talk to me
      Like lovers do
      Ooh
      Ooh, yeah
      Here it comes again
      Ooh-ooh
      Hey, hey, hey, hey, hey
      Here it comes the rain again
      Falling on my head like a memory
      Falling on my head like a new emotion
      (Here it comes again, here it comes again, oh-ah)
      I want to walk in the open wind
      I want to talk like lovers do
      Want dive into your ocean
      Is it raining with you?
      Ooh, here comes again
      Here comes the rain again (I said)
      Falling on my head like a memory
      Falling on my head like a new emotion (ooh, ooh, yeah)
      I want to walk in the open wind (ooh, ooh)
      I want to talk like lovers do
      I want to dive into your ocean
      Is it raining with you?
      Here comes the rain again
      Falling on my head like a memory
      Falling on my head like a new emotion.

      Source: LyricFind
      Songwriters: Annie Lennox / David Allan Stewart
      Here Comes the Rain Again lyrics © Universal Music Publishing Group

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    2. There were many, many songs to choose from, Pete, and the song I chose was a happy moment from my youth. I love an upbeat song when the world is dismal.

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  4. Awww I love this song and it’s been forever since I’ve heard it. It just calls for a happy smile. Oh how clever to use frying bacon for the rain sound. Now I’ll think of that every morning – haha 🙂

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      1. The family bands sold a lot of records, uncool though they might be. The Jacksons, The Osmonds, The DeFranco Family, The Partridge Family (okay, not really a family), The Cowsills, you could even include The Beach Boys, The Carpenters… all moneymaking juggernauts.

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        1. But The Cowsills were the inspiration for the Partridge Family, John. Yes, there were a number of great groups with family on board and I loved many of them.

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          1. They did music people wanted to hear and to spend money on, and while they all had a Tiger Beat coverboy, they were talented. And thinking about it, Shirley Jones and David Cassidy (Stepmother and son) were the real voices behind the Partridge Family. Here I am, fifty years after the family groups’ heyday,singing the songs along with the radio…

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