Here Comes the Rain Again

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"Here Comes the Rain Again"
Single by Eurythmics
from the album Touch
B-side "Paint a Rumour"
Released 12 January 1984
Format 7", 12"
Recorded 1983
Genre New wave, post-disco, synthpop
Length 4:56
5:08 (7")
Label RCA
Producer(s) David A. Stewart
Eurythmics singles chronology
"Right By Your Side"
"Here Comes the Rain Again"
"Sexcrime (Nineteen Eighty-Four)"
Music video
"Here Comes the Rain Again" on YouTube

"Here Comes the Rain Again" is a 1984 song by British pop duo Eurythmics. It was written by group members Annie Lennox and David A. Stewart and produced by Stewart. The song was released on 12 January 1984[1] as the third single in the UK from the album Touch and in the United States as the first single. It became Eurythmics' second Top 10 U.S. hit, peaking at number 4 on the Billboard Hot 100. "Here Comes the Rain Again" hit number eight in the UK Singles Chart, becoming their fifth consecutive Top 10 single in that country.

Song information[edit]

The track is similar in musical style to past Eurythmics singles and its melancholy lyrics draw a comparison between the painful and tragic feelings of unrequited love with falling rain.[citation needed] Notably, the group adorned the recording with the composition and arrangement skills of Michael Kamen, resulting in more natural feel to the overall finished product (versus the heavily synthetic aesthetic of the Sweet Dreams album and its singles).

Stewart explained to Songfacts that creating a melancholy mood in his songs is something at which he excels. He said: "'Here Comes the Rain Again' is kind of a perfect one where it has a mixture of things, because I'm playing a b-minor, but then I change it to put a b-natural in, and so it kind of feels like that minor is suspended, or major. So it's kind of a weird course. And of course that starts the whole song, and the whole song was about that undecided thing, like here comes depression, or here comes that downward spiral. But then it goes, 'so talk to me like lovers do.' It's the wandering in and out of melancholy, a dark beauty that sort of is like the rose that's when it's darkest unfolding and bloodred just before the garden, dies. And capturing that in kind of oblique statements and sentiments."[2]

The string arrangements by Michael Kamen were performed by members of the British Philharmonic Orchestra. However, due to the limited space in the studio, the Church, the players had to improvise by recording their parts in other parts of the studio. The song was then mixed by blending the orchestral tracks on top of the original synthesized backing track.[2]

During Eurythmics reunion "Peacetour" they performed an in-studio concert for the A&E Network in the U.S. Dave Stewart revealed that the lyrics to the song came into being after an argument between him and Lennox while they were doing some songwriting in New York City's Columbus Hotel. The basic melody had already been written and Lennox looked out the window after their fight and noticed it was starting to rain. She announced, "Here comes the rain again."

The running time for "Here Comes the Rain Again" is in actuality about five minutes long and was edited on the Touch album (fading out at approximately four-and-a-half minutes). Although it was edited even further for its single and video release, many U.S. radio stations played the full-length version of it.[citation needed] The entire five-minute version did not appear on any Eurythmics album until the U.S. edition of Greatest Hits in 1991.

The song became the group's second top ten hit in the United States. It debuted at #53 on 28 January 1984 and reached its peak position of #4 on 31 March of that year. In the UK, the single debuted at #20 on 21 January 1984 and reached its peak position of #8 on 4 February.

Music video[edit]

The music video, featuring both Annie Lennox and Dave Stewart, was directed by Stewart, John Gerschfield and Jon Roseman, and released in December 1983, a month before the single came out. The video opens with a passing aerial shot of The Old Man of Hoy on the Island of Hoy in the Orkney Islands before transitioning to Lennox walking along the rocky shore and cliff top. She later explores a derelict cottage while wearing a nightgown and holding a lantern. Stewart stalks her with a video camera. In many scenes the two are filmed separately, then superimposed into the same frame. The result is that the viewer may perceive one as being a ghost in the world of the other.[citation needed]

Track listings[edit]

  • A: "Here Comes The Rain Again" (7" Edit) – 3:53
  • B: "Paint A Rumour" (Long Version) – 8:00
  • A: "Here Comes The Rain Again" (Full Version)* – 5:05
  • B1: "This City Never Sleeps" (Live Version, San Francisco '83) – 5:30
  • B2: "Paint A Rumour" (Long Version)* – 8:00

* both (Versions) are longer than the ones found on the Touch album

Other versions
  • "Here Comes The Rain Again" (Freemasons Vocal Mix) – 7:17 / (2009)
  • "Here Comes The Rain Again" (Freemasons Radio Edit) – 4:41 / (2009)

Chart performance[edit]

Original release[edit]

Chart (1984) Peak
Australia (Kent Music Report)[3] 16
Belgian Singles Chart[citation needed] 12
Canadian Adult Contemporary Chart[4] 7
Canadian Singles Chart[4] 8
Dutch Singles Chart[5] 33
French Singles Chart[6] 33
German Singles Chart[7] 14
Irish Singles Chart[8] 8
New Zealand Singles Chart[9] 32
Norwegian Singles Chart[10] 10
Polish Lista Przebojów Programu Trzeciego[11] 4
Swedish Singles Chart[12] 20
Swiss Singles Chart[13] 19
UK Singles Chart[14] 8
U.S. Billboard Hot 100[15] 4
U.S. Billboard Adult Contemporary Chart[16] 6
U.S. Billboard Dance/Club Play Songs Chart[15] 4

1991 re-issue[edit]

Chart (1991) Peak
French Singles Chart[6] 92

Cover versions[edit]


  • The song's opening was used in the Belgium Dance act Oxy's 1992 single "The Feeling."
  • George Nozuka sings the same note when he says "Talk to me" with a slight stutter on his hit single, "Talk to Me". Another hit by Nozuka, "Last Night", features a riff that is inspired by "Sweet Dreams".
  • The line "Talk to me" is sampled in Alice DeeJay's song "Better Off Alone".
  • The lyrics of the chorus were sampled in the 1995 song "Tragedy" by RZA from the Wu-Tang Clan.
  • The lyrics "Walk with me, like lovers do/Talk to me, like lovers do" were used in Platinum Weird's song "Taking Chances" which incidentally, was co-written by Stewart. "Taking Chances" was later covered by Celine Dion and released as the title track of her 2007 album.
  • The lyrics of the chorus were sampled in Jamaican singer's Nadirah X song Here It Comes in 2010 on her debut album Ink.
  • Madonna sampled the song on her Sticky and Sweet Tour in 2008-2009 with her own song Rain as an video interlude.

References in other media[edit]


  1. ^ "Record News". NME (London, England: IPC Media): 28. 7 January 1984. 
  2. ^ a b "Here Comes The Rain Again". Retrieved 2009-11-28. 
  3. ^ Kent, David (1993). Australian Chart Book 1970–1992. St Ives: Australian Chart Book. p. 105. ISBN 0-646-11917-6.  N.B. The Kent Report chart was licensed by ARIA between 1983 and 19 June 1988.
  4. ^ a b "Results - RPM - Library and Archives Canada". Retrieved 2012-01-06. 
  5. ^ Steffen Hung. "Eurythmics - Here Comes The Rain Again". Retrieved 2012-01-06. 
  6. ^ a b "InfoDisc : Tout les Titres par Artiste". Retrieved 2012-01-06. 
  7. ^ "Die ganze Musik im Internet: Charts, News, Neuerscheinungen, Tickets, Genres, Genresuche, Genrelexikon, Künstler-Suche, Musik-Suche, Track-Suche, Ticket-Suche". Retrieved 2012-01-06. 
  8. ^ Jaclyn Ward - Fireball Media Group - "The Irish Charts - All there is to know". Retrieved 2012-01-06. 
  9. ^ Steffen Hung. "Eurythmics - Here Comes The Rain Again". Retrieved 2012-01-06. 
  10. ^ Steffen Hung. "Eurythmics - Here Comes The Rain Again". Retrieved 2012-01-06. 
  11. ^ "Archiwum Listy Przebojów Programu Trzeciego". Retrieved 2014-04-05. 
  12. ^ Steffen Hung. "Eurythmics - Here Comes The Rain Again". Retrieved 2012-01-06. 
  13. ^ Steffen Hung. "Eurythmics - Here Comes The Rain Again". Retrieved 2012-01-06. 
  14. ^ "Eurythmics - Here Comes The Rain Again". Chart Stats. Archived from the original on 2012-07-28. Retrieved 2012-01-06. 
  15. ^ a b
  16. ^ "Eurythmics". AllMusic. Retrieved 2012-01-06. 
  17. ^ "Sheryl Lee Ralph - Here Comes The Rain Again (CD) at Discogs". Retrieved 2012-01-06. 
  19. ^ "Nevergreen – Új Sötét Kor (CD) at Discogs". Retrieved 2015-04-16. 

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