In the album's liner notes, the date given for the song's completion is 19 March, 1982.
About the songEdit
"Hold Back the Rain" is a prominent, non-single track from Rio. It was also released as the B-side to the "Save a Prayer" single in a multitude of remixes.
The story behind the lyrics was told by both John Taylor and Simon Le Bon in an episode of VH1's Behind The Music. Simon felt that John was "going off of the rails a little bit at that time...John was staying out too late, taking too many drugs, drinking too much, and going home with the wrong kind of people."
John's recollection was that no-one had warned him "about the pitfalls. It seemed like...'Drugs? That's what The Beatles did, that's what The Rolling Stones do, that's what The Clash do, why wouldn't you wanna take 'em?'.".
Instead of confronting John with his concerns, Simon wrote the lyrics to "Hold Back The Rain". However, it would be another twelve years before John faced up to his addictions and get clean and sober. As John said about his habits; "Sometimes you really need to take yourself to the edge in order to realise that this isn't the right place."
To this day, Simon has no idea of what John thinks of the lyrics. "The night I wrote it, I just slipped a copy of it under his door, and he's never even mentioned it to me, never. Never."
The song was covered by the band Buck O’ Nine on the Mojo Duran Duran Tribute Album (1997).
- "Hold Back the Rain" [LP version] – 3:57
- "Hold Back the Rain" [CD version] – 3:51
- "Hold Back the Rain (Re-mix)" [Carnival version] – 7:00
- "Hold Back the Rain (Remix)" [12"] – 7:05
- "Hold Back the Rain (Remix)" [7"] – 4:03
- "Hold Back the Rain (Remix)" [Strange Behaviour version] – 6:35
- "Hold Back the Rain (U.S. album remix) – 6:31
So we're miles away from nowhere And the wind doesn't have a name So call it what you want to call it Still blows down the lane People tell me, I haven't changed at all But I don't feel the same And I bet you've had that feeling too You can't laugh all the time And if the fires burn out, there's only fire to blame (Hold back the rain) No time for worry 'cause we're on the roam again (Hold back the rain) The clouds all scatter and we ride the outside lane (Hold back the rain) Not on your own so help me please hold back the rain So what if the words ain't rhyming Did you think that it's just a game I probably didn't even say that right And I really don't give a damn Okay, go off and wander I'm guilty just the same Sometimes you're needed badly So please come back again And if the fires burn out, there's only fire to blame (Hold back the rain) No time for worry 'cause we're on the roam again (Hold back the rain) The clouds all scatter and we ride the outside lane (Hold back the rain) Not on your own, so help me please hold back the rain Hold back the rain...
| Simon Le Bon • Nick Rhodes • John Taylor • Roger Taylor|
Andy Taylor • Warren Cuccurullo • Sterling Campbell
|COMPILATIONS and EP's|
"Planet Earth" • "Careless Memories" • "Girls on Film" • "My Own Way" • "Hungry Like the Wolf" • "Save a Prayer" • "Rio"• "Is There Something I Should Know?" • "Union of the Snake" • "New Moon on Monday" • "The Reflex" • "The Wild Boys" • "A View to a Kill" • "Notorious" • "Skin Trade" • "Meet El Presidente" • "I Don't Want Your Love" • "All She Wants Is" • "Do You Believe in Shame?" • "Burning the Ground" • "Violence of Summer (Love's Taking Over)" • "Serious" • "Ordinary World" • "Come Undone" • "Too Much Information" • "Perfect Day" • "White Lines" • "Out of My Mind" • "Electric Barbarella" • "Someone Else Not Me" • "(Reach Up for The) Sunrise" • "What Happens Tomorrow" • "Nice" • "Falling Down"
|Arcadia • Power Station • Neurotic Outsiders • The Devils|