January 14.2015 – Story Behind “She’s My Kind Of Rain” by Tim McGraw

Tim McGraw She's My Kind Of Rain

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The story behind Tim McGraw’s hit “She’s My Kind Of Rain” was written by Robin Lerner with Tommy Lee James.

“I was really writing a love song to myself,” she says. “What I mean,” Robin quickly explains, “is that if anyone ever wrote a love song about me, it probably wouldn’t be the ‘You are my sunshine’ kind of thing. I can be a moody gal at times, so it would be more like, ‘You’re the rain, you’re a thunderstorm – but I like that about you.’ That’s where ‘She’s My Kind of Rain’ came from.”

They have a unique songwriting technique. “Well, the way we like to work is … I bring absolutely no ideas to the table. But neither does Tommy Lee. He is a brilliant music writer, so what I do is I sit there with my recorder running while he plays a chorus or a melody line.”

A few hours and several melodies later, Robin will trek back to her hotel and hit the books. “I have these notebooks that are filled with ideas and lines that I’ve written down over the years,” she says. “I flip through them and see what ideas or lines would fit best with his melodies. After that, I write the lyrics. It’s different, but it works for us.”

And this song proved no exception. “I found the words – She’s my kind of rain – in my notebook, and I started thinking about that love song. I finished the lyrics and brought them back to Tommy Lee the next morning.”

His verdict was an immediate thumbs-up. “Then we played it for Tim McGraw,” recalls Robin, “and he asked us not to pitch it to anyone else. So we knew we had something good.”

“She’s My Kind Of Rain” peaked at number 2 on the U.S. Billboard Hot Country Songs chart, and at number 27 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 chart.

The song earned a Broadcast Music Incorporated award for reaching Number One on the former Radio and Records Country singles charts in 2003. It also received a Grammy Award nomination for Best Country Vocal Performance-Male at the 46th Grammy Awards.

Sources: Country Weekly Magazine

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LYRICS: Written by Robin Lerner and Tommy Lee James
She’s my kind of rain
Like love in a drunken sky
She’s confetti falling
Down all night

She sits quietly there
Black water in a jar
Says, Baby why are you
Trembling like you are

So I wait
And I try
I confess like a child

She’s my kind of rain
Like love from a drunken sky
Confetti falling down all night
She’s my kind of rain

She’s the sun set shadows
She’s like Rembrandt’s light
She’s the history that’s made at night
She’s my lost companion
She’s my dreaming tree
Together in this brief eternity
Summer days, winter snows
She’s all things to behold

She’s my kind of rain
Like love from a drunken sky
Confetti falling down all night
She’s my kind of rain

So I wait
And I try
I confess all my crimes

She’s my kind of rain
Like love from a drunken sky
Confetti falling down all night
She’s my kind of rain

She’s my kind of rain
Like love from a drunken sky
Confetti falling down all night
She’s my kind of rain

She’s my kind of rain
Oh, rain on me
She’s my kind of rain

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