Faith, Music


As a slobbering Paul McCartney fan I bought his most recent CD, Memory Almost Fullthe day of its release last year. I even ponied up extra for the two-disc special edition with bonus songs and commentary, in which Paul said he often writes songs around a lick and a phrase with no particular meaning in mind. He said it delights him when people explain to him what his songs mean when he doesn’t even know himself!

My young sons dig the Band on the Run CD. When I play it in the car, before long all three of us are singing along. I first heard the album through in the mid 1980s and took a fancy to “Mamunia,” the first song on side two. I played it on my college radio shows often enough that I got to know every scratchy noise on the station’s well-used record. But only recently did this song have a meaning for me. To me, the song is about what James said: “Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance. Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.”

The rain comes falling from the sky,
To fill the stream that fills the sea
And that’s where life began for you and me

Rain brings life.

So the next time you see rain it ain’t bad,
Don’t complain it rains for you,
The next time you see L.A. rainclouds,
Don’t complain it rains for you and me.

Life will rain on you sometimes. Accept the rain; it’s meant for you!

It might have been a bright blue day
But rainclouds had to come this way
They’re watering everything that they can see.

You never know when it will rain on you.

A seed is waiting in the earth
For rain to come and give him birth
It’s all he really needs to set him free,
So the next time you see L.A. rainclouds
Don’t complain, it rains for you.

Without rain – the challenges and difficulties you face – you can’t break free and grow to maturity.

So lay down your umbrellas
Strip off your plastic macs.
You’ve never felt the rain my friend,
Till you’ve felt it running down your back.

Have you ever played in the rain and enjoyed letting it soak you? When difficulties come your way, put down your defenses and face them with joy!

So the next time you see rain, it ain’t bad
Don’t complain, it rains for you.
The next time you see L.A. rainclouds
Don’t complain it rains for you and me.

And in this way, rain brings life! What joy there is in growth!

Let it rain!


8 thoughts on “Mamunia

  1. Jim,

    Thanks for visiting and commenting at HH. I too started the blog, somewhat on impulse, but also as a distraction from a lot that was going on with local politics and to express how that helped me grow in my faith. I’ve tried to remain anonymous.

    It also gives me the chance to hone some writing skills and I stick my amateur pics on too.

    Good luck with your site and I’ll be stopping by it.


  2. Thanks for stopping by, HR! I’ve had your blog in my reader for a while now. Seems like you and I are in the blog biz for about the same reasons.

  3. David10605 says:

    A beautiful and haunting song, mixed with the words of James. The freedom from self and the judgments self centered fear pushes me to make. When it rains it is just raining. Paul McCartney and James the the brother of Jesus, two of my favorite subjects, thanks.

  4. Jack says:

    I wonder if the LA reference was directed to his old band buddy who was drowning his sorrows on the other side of the earth?

  5. I missed this blog post when it first appeared, but I read about it in your “Paul McCartney Saved My Life” post.

    I agree completely with your interpretation of the song and McCartney’s metaphor about rain. It reminds me of a Rocky Balboa-ism from the most recent movie (if you haven’t seen it, do): “Life isn’t about how hard you can hit. It’s about how hard you can *get* hit and keep on moving forward.”

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