The most relevant bullshit

Warning: Personal shit ahead.

A couple of weeks before Bad Religion’s The Dissent Of Man album was released, the tracklisting was put online. The title “Only Rain” stood out to me, because I thought it was a great song title. Yeah, sometime’s I’m that easy to get excited. I was staying at my then-girlfriend’s house when I read the news, and using her old beat up acoustic guitar, the excitement of it all got me coming up with a 4 bar chorus using the dummy lyrics “only the rain, it’s only the rain coming down on us”. Needless to say, I had a pretty clear vision how I expected a song with that title to sound - how it HAD to sound.

When the album was released, I was pretty dissappointed. I still don’t like it that much, but I’ve grown to love Only Rain, it is now probably my favorite song on the album. Of course, when it had just come out and sounded not quite like I expected it to it was a major bummer. It’s hard to appreciate things for what they are if you have a clear idea what they should be. Around that same time period, I remember me and the girl being in the car, and it was pouring rain. Back then that made me think of the song; now it’s kind of the other way around. We fought a lot on that day. And it didn’t get much better afterwards. The “only the rain”-song fragment never made it much further. I couldn’t quite get it right - listening back to it, the initial idea was pretty good, but further attempts to expand upon it only complicated the arrangement and hurt the flow of the piece. The relationship also didn’t fare much better afterwards; it came to a painful halt the next year.

It’s hard to appreciate things for what they are if you have a clear idea what they should be. It wasn’t the only problem with all these things, but it’s the one thing I’ve personally learned ever since. The hard way. But I guess it was the only problem with Only Rain, which is a kickass song in its own right, and which is the song that reminded me of all of this.


Bad Religion - Only Rain

Hey, scientist please save us from our rainy days
Because your counterpart in the magic art is manufacturing judgment day
There’s a fell wind blowing out of the east
Bringing famine drought and plague
Well now at least that’s what they say

Rain fell like judgment
Across my windowpane
Said it fell like judgment
But it was only rain

Well I know what’s wrong and I know what’s right
And I know that evil exists sure as the day turns into night
When a man gets down on his knees to pray you know he’ll find what he is able
But chances are he’ll find it either way

Rain fell like judgment
Across my windowpane
Said it fell like judgment
But it was only rain

Rain fell like judgment
Across my windowpane
Said it fell like judgment
But it was only rain

Oh lord, have mercy on a humble man
Lost in the wilderness without a guiding hand

Rain fell like judgment
Across my windowpane
Said it fell like judgment
But it was only rain

It fell like judgment
Across my windowpane
Said it fell like judgment
But it was only rain.