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Posted by jlp937 (Member # 1877) on :
I love this Bruce Hornsby song. "Listen to Mandolin rain....listen to the music ......" I haven't heard anything from him in so long. I also love the fact that he kind of re-introduced the piano in rock music in the late 80's. Of course we had Billy Joel and Elton John, but the sound of Hornsby is so unique.

This song is so soothing and relaxing. I remember having this tape after it came out, I think I am going to look for a greatest hits CD from him because he is one that just doesn't get enough credit for his contributions to music.

Does anyone have any fond memories of this one?
Posted by StevenHW (Member # 509) on :
You're right, it's a great song. And it's perfect for a rainy afternoon!

Here's the lyrics:

Bruce Hornsby & the Range

The song came and went
Like the times that we spent
Hiding out from the rain under the carnival tent
I laughed and she'd smile
It would last for awhile
You don't know what you got till you lose it all again

Listen to the mandolin rain
Listen to the music on the lake
Listen to my heart break every time she runs away
Listen to the banjo wind
A sad song drifting low
Listen to the tears roll
Down my face as she turns to go

A cool evening dance
Listening to the bluegrass band takes the chill
from the air till they play the last song
I'll do my time
Keeping you off my mind
But there's moments that I find, I'm not feeling
too strong


Running down by the lakeshore
She did love the sound of a summer storm
It played on the lake like a mandolin
Now it's washing her away once again


The boat's steaming in
I watch the sidewheel spin and I
Think about her when I hear that whistle blow
I can't change my mind
I knew all the time that she'd go
But that's a choice I made long ago

Posted by Chris Fulmer (Member # 3197) on :
I think this was one of the most played songs on the radio as the 80s wound down. It's still one of Hornsby's best. I have it on the copy of "The Way It Is" I got for my birthday last month.
Posted by Devolution (Member # 1731) on :
Devolution here,

I picked up my copy of "The way it is" a while back. A great CD, mostly because most of the song are in the movie "White Water Summer"

Check it out if you haven't.

We are DEVO
Posted by jlp937 (Member # 1877) on :
Steven, thanks so much for the lyrics. I can hear the song playing perfectly in my head now. It has been a little while since I heard it.

Devo--I forgot about the White Water Summer connection with Bruce Hornsby. It has been a while since I have seen it and had totally forgotten about it.

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