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It's Gotta Rain (If You Want A Rainbow)

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:: THIS SONG'S STORY ::

(Written Feb 2011)

There really are a lot of rainbows in Hawaii.

I went for a nice long visit one February during record Hawaiian rainfall, including flash floods. It was crazy. So much for a sunny getaway.

The title line (It's gotta rain if you want a rainbow) came and I thought it needed to be turned into a song. I wrote at least seven verses to this one, but was never entirely happy with them. I just kept writing and writing and crossing out and crossing out. Sometimes at shows I pull out one of those throw-away verses.

Everyone loves the sunshine. It's an easy thing to do. But sometimes it's a struggle to make it through those rainy days. There's a lot of things like that, where you have to wait or push or work through these rough spots to get to the gold on the other side.

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:: LYRICS ::

It's gotta rain if you want a rainbow
It's gotta rain let your little seed grow
It's gotta rain we're singing in the same boat
It's gotta rain if you want a rainbow

The flower in your heart
Cannot grow all night
So dream on through the dark
And bloom into the light cause

We always love hellos
It's hard to say goodbyes
But it's the letting go
That brings the next sunrise and

It's gotta rain if you want a rainbow
It's gotta rain let your little seed grow
It's gotta rain we're singing in the same boat
It's gotta rain if you want a rainbow

Another starless sky
They cannot all be twinklers
I know one day you'll find
A rainbow in a sprinkler
But till then it's gotta rain

credits

from Sundrops, released May 19, 2015
:: TRACK CREDITS ::

Keeth Monta Apgar - Guitars, Ukulele, Bass, Vocals, Percussion, Glockenspiel
Nala Walla - Vocal Harmony
Johnny Bregar - Wurlitzer
Kevin Blackwood - Drums & Percussion
Jon Ryser - Horns

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Harmonica Pocket Port Townsend, Washington

The Harmonica Pocket is all about swinging acoustic story songs sprinkled with hula hoop and dance. Their music is recorded at Apple Tree Studio -- a solar-powered recording studio on a tiny island in the Pacific Northwest. They sing about sunshine, dirty fingernails, and monsters, love Woody Guthrie and Dr. Seuss, and eat a lot of ice cream. ... more

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