David Nail, ‘Let It Rain’ – Lyrics Uncovered
Songwriter Jonathan Singleton has once again taken part in being responsible for another hit on the rise by David Nail. Singleton helped co-write the singer's debut hit, 'Red Light,' and has now co-written his new Top 30 hit, 'Let It Rain.'
"I was writing with him one day, and when I walked in, had nothing except a guitar bit," Singleton tells Taste of Country. "You're supposed to be well prepared when writing with an artist, but I took in nothing but that guitar bit. We started talking about movies once we settled in. We are both big movie guys. We were talking about this indie movie where this guy cheats on his girlfriend, and he goes to her house and decides he's going to sit on her porch until she let's him in. In the end of the movie, she opens the door and let's him in. She shouldn't have let him in. It's not real. We started having this conversation about how if that was a southern girl, that would have never happen! If it was a southern girl or [David's wife] or my wife, the first thing they'd do is throw all our stuff on the porch with us."
"It's hard to find the perfect time to say something / You know, is gonna change everything / Living with the shame / It ain't nothing like the pain that I saw on her face / Now me and my pile of things that she threw out the window / Drowning next to me / No seven years of good cant hide the one night I forgot to wear that ring," they wrote in the lyrics of the song's opening verse.
"We went through the song and you never really know what happens," Singleton says of the lyrics. "He's just saying, 'I deserved whatever I get, if she never talks to me again.' Halfway through the song, I started thinking about what would an artist really say. Certain artists would never say they cheated or say they deserve what they get. David was like, 'No! I can't wait to say that ... that I'm human just like everyone else and you mess up.' I thought that was really neat about him that he could get away with a tune like that."
"So let it rain, let it pour, she don't love me anymore / Just let it come down on me, let it come down on me / Every word, let it hurt, even more than I deserve / Let it come down on me, let it come down on me, let it rain," Nail sings in the chorus.
"I have to give kudos to David for being able to sing a song like this," says Singleton. "He's not scared at all to stretch out and put legs on something like real life stuff. It's a standard country song idea, but it's always a happy 'let it rain.' This is sad 'let it rain.'"
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