January 12.2015 – Story Behind Keith Urban’s “Raining On Sunday”

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Singer/songwriter Radney Foster wrote this song as an homage to the quietude he enjoys on Sunday afternoons when “all God’s children at my house have to take a nap.” It’s a very sensual song, which, considering the story behind it, makes perfect sense. In our interview with Radney Foster, he told us, “Everybody has quiet time at my house on Sunday afternoons.

Which is kind of also how I got my third child. But there it is, the history of the song.” Foster says that his co-writer, Darrell Brown, and he were writing for Foster’s 1999 See What You Want To See album, and “we were laughing about how we had quiet time on the weekends with my two boys. And that was just sort of a precious thing to me. No matter what was happening. Half the time it’s so you can get a million other things done on your ‘honey-do’ list. Especially if it’s raining.” And with that thought, they struck gold. “It was like, that’s it! ‘Raining On Sunday.’ And the whole thing ended up from there.”

Keith Urban’s desire to record this song came as a surprise to Radney. But talk is cheap in the music industry, and when Urban told Foster that he wanted to record it, Foster took the statement with a grain of salt. Says Foster, “He actually came up to me and said, ‘Man, I’m cutting ‘Raining On Sunday’ off of See What You Want To See on my next record. I love that album.’ And you know I’ve heard that kind of loose talk before in this business. And I’ve learned not to take it too seriously.” As it stands, Urban was sincere, and his version of this song became a major hit on the US Country music charts, with an accompanying video that is so steamy it is still talked about among female Keith Urban fans.

Foster’s version of the song features a backing vocal from Darius Rucker of the rock band Hootie & the Blowfish.

Keith’s version, which appears on his “Golden Road” cd,reached the top 3 on the Billboard Hot Country Singles chart in 2003.

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LYRICS: Written by Darrell Brown and Radney Foster
It ticks just like a Timex
It never lets up on you
Who said life was easy
The job is never through
It’ll run us ’til we’re ragged
It’ll harden our hearts
And love could use a day of rest
Before we both start falling apart

Pray that it’s raining on Sunday
Stormin’ like crazy
We’ll hide under the covers all afternoon
Baby whatever comes Monday
Can take care of itself
‘Cause we got better things that we could do
When it’s raining on Sunday

Your love is like religion
A cross in Mexico
And your kiss is like the innocence
Of a prayer nailed to a door
Oh surrender in much sweeter
When we both let it go
Let the water wash our bodies clean
And love wash our souls

Pray that it’s raining on Sunday
Stormin’ like crazy
We’ll hide under the covers all afternoon
Baby whatever comes Monday
Can take care of itself
‘Cause we got better things that we could do
When it’s raining on Sunday

Pray that it’s raining on Sunday
Stormin’ like crazy
We’ll hide under the covers all afternoon
Baby whatever comes Monday
Can take care of itself
‘Cause we got better things that we could do
When it’s raining on Sunday
When it’s raining on Sunday
When it’s raining on Sunday
Let it rain

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