|Before the Rain|
|song by Duran Duran|
|Released||21 December 2010 (download)|
21/22March 2011 (CD version)
|Label||Tape Modern, S-Curve Records|
About the songEdit
Co-produced by Mark Ronson, the track includes Fairlight synthesizer samples, the TR8 rhythm box and powerful lyrics.
I was desperate to do something baroque. One of my favourite composers is Henry Purcell. I sat in the garden and started writing this, and with it came this story about a man surrounded by these ghosts of guilt. He realises he has to keep moving but they will always come with him.
Roger came up with a fantastic snare part that reminded me of Russia – I see images from Battleship Potemkin when I hear him play it. The overall effect packs a huge emotional punch. Once we started sequencing the album it became clear that this song had to be the final track.
The official music video was filmed, edited and directed by Andrew Pearce, a 21 year old Sydney Film School graduate. The video was chosen as the winner from an international competition coordinated by Genero.tv. Pearce won $5000, plus the screening of the clip prior to Duran Duran concerts around the world and the inclusion in a DVD compilation.
Shot on Pearce’s family farm in Australia, keyboardist Nick Rhodes described the work as ‘sublime and heartbreaking’. The video is a mood piece starring Samantha Pearce and Ben Pearce, that depicts a young girls anger towards the uncontrollable fury of mother nature. Credits include special thanks to Les & Belinda Pearce and Hannah Waite.
Duran Duran are:
- Dominic Brown - guitar
A stormy summer Is rolling closer Lighting up this holy smoker And if this drinking Could ease the thinking I toast to my home truth with this glass All rise you promises broken Call my lovers by their names Lost hearts and words that are spoken to the wind Which blows before the rain Little pin-pricks And how my ears bleed On the bomb ticks that is my heartbeat In every life-flash In every car crash I hear the silence waiting to fall All rise you promises broken Call my lovers by their names Lost hearts and words that are spoken to the wind Which blows before the rain For all I carry Are murdered secrets The price of my blue star-eyed weakness And so we travel And we unravel Towards the place where all loose ends go All rise you promises broken Call my lovers by their names Lost hearts and words that are spoken to the wind Which blows before the rain