Nate's Music

Music and Lyrics: Nathan Creek
Written: March 2015

Rain was mostly written at the quiet day that was one of the lent events in 2015. That day we explored one of the bible readings where Jesus calmed the storm. This got me thinking about water, and the different symbolic meanings it can have.

In verse 1, the first 4 lines use the idea of flowing water. Our thoughts and actions form a river which naturally wants to carry you along its well-worn course.

The last 2 lines of the verse are my favourite part of the song.

"Wash away the castles we make, Giving life, giving love".

This has several different meanings to me, and has developed a few more since I wrote it. I guess the main meaning relates to the parable of the rich fool (Luke 12:13-21). Storing up wealth is something our culture do quite well, both in terms of possessions, and in terms of social needs. We become members of communities where we feel safe and comfortable. Like we've built ourselves a social mansion, with everything we could ever want, to the point where we remove any need to leave the house. The problem is, Jesus calls us to connect with the outcast, and they're not in our social mansion. Sometimes we need to pull down our mansions so that we can build new relationships of life and love with those outside.

I find that the older I get, the less and less I need to deal with change. When I was young, things changed often. Different subjects at school each term, students arriving and leaving each year, trying out different things, sports, music, hobbies. Life was constantly changing. Now days changes are much less frequent. I've been in the same job for 11 years, same church for as long, and although it's had some restructuring I have many of the same friends. All in all my life is pretty comfortable, which is great, but troubling at the same time. Someone once told me

"If you're a Christian, and you're comfortable, then you're not doing it right".

I don't entirely agree, but I take the point that much of what Jesus calls us to do is not comfortable. Visiting sick and imprisoned, helping the homeless, standing up against injustice.

Speaking of injustice, that brings me to the latest meaning those last two lines of the verse have had for me. Substitute "castles" with "border protection policies". This meaning came to me when I was hearing about the things Lucas has been doing with the "Love Makes A Way" group and their non-violent direct actions. It has added a whole new dimension to the song for me.

Looking at the chorus.

"After the rain falls down, I might swim or I might drown".

This reminds me of the story of Jesus walking on the water, where he calls out to Peter to walk out with him. Peter is willing to give it a go even though he doesn't have the faith he needs to achieve it. He starts to drown, but then Jesus reaches out and helps him. I think we can all have similar experiences when we try something new. We don't know if it's going to work or not, but we are willing to give it a go.

Looking at the 2nd Verse, this verse talks about the life giving nature of rain. Growing up on a farm I was all too aware of the need for rain for plants to grow. A farmer's livelihood relies on the variations in the weather. You need times of rain, and you need times of Sun. But even though we know this, sometimes we still find rain inconvenient and make statements like "I hope it doesn't rain on the weekend". A fact of life is that sometimes things are going to annoy us, but if we can get through that then we might find that it allowed something new to grow.


Recording by MUC band during 2020 lockdown



Verse 1
There’s a river flowing deep within our lives
Flowing with our own concerns
We might float along and never touch the shore
but we’re called to something more
Wash away the castles we make
Giving life giving love

After the rain falls down
I might swim or I might drown
It washes away the pain
and in the end I stand on solid ground
So bring on the rain, bring on the rain
Bring on the rain, bring on the rain

Verse 2
Water purifies us, seeps into our pores
satisfies our hungry souls
Filling cracks beneath the faces that we show
Giving life so we can grow.
Wash away the castles we make
Giving life giving love

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