A box of rain will ease the pain

I find this song very comforting. I am a big music lover. Music can be healing and uplifting. This is one of those songs that has a beautiful meaning, but you can apply it to almost anything.

It was written by Phil Lesh, of the Grateful Dead. He wanted a song to sing to his father before he died. Phil Lesh wrote the music, recorded it, and gave the tape to Grateful Dead lyricist, Robert Hunter. Hunter listened to the music and wrote the lyrics after listening to the tape only a few times. Lesh would practice singing the song in the car on the way to the hospital…and he was able to sing the song to his father before he died.

“Look out of any window
any morning, any evening, any day
Maybe the sun is shining
birds are winging or
rain is falling from a heavy sky –
What do you want me to do,
to do for you to see you through?
this is all a dream we dreamed
one afternoon long ago
Walk out of any doorway
feel your way, feel your way
like the day before
Maybe you’ll find direction
around some corner
where it’s been waiting to meet you –
What do you want me to do,
to watch for you while you’re sleeping?
Well please don’t be surprised
when you find me dreaming too

Look into any eyes
you find by you, you can see
clear through to another day
I know it’s been seen before
through other eyes on other days
while going home —
What do you want me to do,
to do for you to see you through?
It’s all a dream we dreamed
one afternoon long ago

Walk into splintered sunlight
Inch your way through dead dreams
to another land
Maybe you’re tired and broken
Your tongue is twisted
with words half spoken
and thoughts unclear
What do you want me to do
to do for you to see you through
A box of rain will ease the pain
and love will see you through

Just a box of rain –
wind and water –
Believe it if you need it,
if you don’t just pass it on
Sun and shower –
Wind and rain –
in and out the window
like a moth before a flame

It’s just a box of rain
I don’t know who put it there
Believe it if you need it
or leave it if you dare
But it’s just a box of rain
or a ribbon for your hair
Such a long long time to be gone
and a short time to be there”

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7 thoughts on “A box of rain will ease the pain

  1. I am visiting for the first time and I cannot believe you have this in your post. This is my absolute favorite GD song. And it is one of my most favorite songs of all time. I am a huge music lover so it is hard to pick favorites. I never knew the background story though. Come on over and visit my blog. Happy ICLW.

  2. I also find music so comforting, after we lost our daughter Lily a few months ago I found a lot of songs took on new meaning for me. Thank you for sharing this one.~ICLW

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