Stevieslaw: A guest appearance by songwriter Randy Newman

 

“I think it’s going to rain today,” written by Randy Newman in 1968–the year of Tet, and the assassinations of  Martin Luther King and Bobby Kennedy. It popped into my head last  night–with Judy Collins singing, although it was also done by Bette Midler and Norah Jones.  Still fresh–ain’t it.
Broken windows and empty hallways
A pale dead moon in the sky streaked with gray
Human kindness is overflowing
And I think it’s going to rain today

Scarecrows dressed in the latest styles
With frozen smiles to chase love away
Human kindness is overflowing
And I think it’s going to rain today

chorus

Lonely, lonely

Tin can at my feet
Think I’ll kick it down the street
That’s the way to treat a friend

Bright before me the signs implore me
To help the needy and show them the way
Human kindness is overflowing
And I think it’s going to rain today

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