In the Studio | The Wind and The Rain

In the Studio | The Wind and The Rain

Can you believe that this song is almost twenty years old? It kind of makes me feel like a dinosaur! I wrote this song in my first year of university, when I was the tender age of 18. By then I had studied three years worth of English Literature and had read all of Shakespeare’s plays. One day in class, I was so bored that I started singing some of the lines in the plays. I created a melody with ‘Full Fathom Five’- the song that Ariel sings in the Tempest. When I studied Twelfth Night for the second (or third time), I couldn’t get one melody out of my head. Out came the song, ‘The Wind and The Rain.’  That’s why you hear the lines, “singing hey and a ho, the wind and the rain,” repeated twice in the verses. It’s taken from this song:

When that I was and a little tiny boy,
With hey, ho, the wind and the rain,
A foolish thing was but a toy,
For the rain it raineth every day.

But when I came to man’s estate,
With hey, ho, the wind and the rain,
’Gainst knaves and thieves men shut their gate,
For the rain it raineth every day.

But when I came, alas! to wive,
With hey, ho, the wind and the rain,
By swaggering could I never thrive,
For the rain it raineth every day.

But when I came unto my beds,
With hey, ho, the wind and the rain,
With toss-pots still had drunken heads,
For the rain it raineth every day.

A great while ago the world begun,
With hey, ho, the wind and the rain,
But that’s all one, our play is done,
And we’ll strive to please you every day.

When I rewrote the song two years ago, I added the chorus which contains another famous line from Twelfth Night, “If music be the food of love, play on.” Writing and rewriting this song was super fun. My hope for this song is that it would one day be used in a contemporary Shakespeare movie.