The Cumberland Post

The Cumberland Post
My Backyard, Six Miles from the Cumberland River

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Rain. Rain. And More Rain.

I'm beginning to wonder if Tennessee is turning into one of those countries with a monsoon season. It's been raining some almost every day for a good while. According to the Tennessean this morning, the Weather Service is calling for 4-7 more inches of rain through Wednesday. That rain will fall on ground that's already saturated to the max.

Flash flood watches have been issued for the area and and the EMA is monitoring the Cumberland, the Harpeth, and the Red River. The flooding so far is not anywhere as severe as last year, but it's bad enough. Rain. Rain. And more rain.

Maybe a rain song will appease the rain gods and entice them to turn off the spigot over Tennessee for awhile and turn on the one over in East Texas. Folks over there could really use some rain.

There's lots of rain songs around. One of the best in the country genre is Fred Rose's "Blue Eyes Cryin' in the Rain." The song, of course, is not really about the rain, but it's is a significant and symbolic part of the image that the singer remembers.

Most people alive today first heard this great song from Willie Nelson. But "Blue Eyes Cryin' in the Rain" goes back, way back to Hank himself. This rendition is from 1951 radio and the "Mother's Best Flour Show."

Blue Eyes Cryin' in the Rain
Written by Fred Rose, 1945

In the twilight glow I see her
Blue Eyes Crying In The Rain.
As we kissed good-bye and parted,
I knew we'd never meet again.

Love is like a dying ember.
Where only memories remain.
Through the ages I'll remember-
Blue Eyes Crying In The Rain.

Now my hair has turned to silver.
All my life I've loved in vain.
I can see her star in heaven.
Blue Eyes Crying In The Rain.

Someday when we meet up yonder,
We'll stroll hand in hand again.
In a land that knows no parting-
Blue Eyes Crying In The Rain.


  1. One of my favorite Willie songs, right there behind Angel Flying Too Close to the Ground. Thanks Dan.
    Be safe out there and here's fingers crossed it'll stop raining pretty quick.

  2. ...and turn on the one over in East Texas.

    West Texas and eastern NM, too. West Texas is ablaze with wildfires; it's one of the worst fire seasons we've had in YEARS. So, yeah... we could use a little of your rain. Big Time.