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THE RAIN CAME DOWN
by Stanley H. Barkan
 (a jeremiad in Negro spiritual rhythm)
(Copyright © 1968)

I
The rain came down, down, down,
Upon the ground, ground, ground,
And drowned, drowned,  drowned,
Everybody . . .
For forty nights and days,
All our wicked ways,
Drowned, drowned, drowned,
Everybody!

II
Everybody better pray
That the rain don’t come no more,
To stop that war from startin’.
Else for forty million days & nights,
With alpha-beta-gamma lights,
The rain is go-in’ to come
Down, down, down,
Upon the ground, ground, ground,
And drown, drown, drown
Everybody!

REFRAIN

The rain came down, down, down,
Upon the ground, ground, ground,
And drwoned, drowned drowned,
Everybody . . .
For forty nights and days,
All our wicked ways,
Drowned, drowned , drowned,
Everybody!

III

Chicken Little looked up high,
Everybody say, “Goodbye!”
The rain is go-in’ to fall.
But what good is it to cry
With no god up in the sky
To stop that rain from comin’ . . .
Down, down, down,
Upon the ground, ground, ground,
To drown, drown, drown,
Everybody!

REFRAIN

IV
Every Jack and every Jane,
Every mother and her child
Must say these words of partin’.
For the last, I mean the Final,
I mean the Judgment Day,
Armageddon rain is a startin’.

FINAL REFRAIN

The rain came down, down, down,
Upon the ground, ground, gtround,
And drowned, drowned, drowned,
Everybody . . .
For forty nights and days,
All our wicked ways,
Drowned, drowned, drowned, drowned, drowned . . .
EVERYBODY!

 

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