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What have they done to the rain? and from the ashes of the old. | furbirdsqueerly

Words and music by Malvina Reynolds; copyright 1962 as “Rain Song” then in 1964 as “What Have They Done to the Rain” by Schroder Music Company, renewed 1990. a.k.a. “Rain Song” and “Just a Little Rain.” People now think of this as a song about acid rain, but it was originally written as part of a campaign to stop aboveground nuclear testing, which was putting strontium-90 in the air, where it was washed down by the rain, got into the soil and thence to the grass, which was eaten by cows. When children drank the cow’s milk the strontium-90, chemically similar to calcium but radioactive, was deposited in their bones. Mothers saved their children’s baby teeth and sent them in to be tested by scientists who indeed found elevated levels of strontium-90 in their teeth. A year after this song was written, President Kennedy signed the treaty against aboveground testing.

We are reminded of this song today when it is raining and more rain coming. We need the rain as it has been dry and there is a drought in this area. In so many places the people our earth needs rain. We listen to the rain hitting our metal roof on the porch and think back to when we first heard this song. It was when Anne came back to town for a visit telling us all about the Ban the Bomb March she had been on, and her and others sitting outside during an air raid drill. Anne and her brother attended one of our Sunday afternoon neighborhood sing-a-longs and Anne borrowed Peters guitar and sang this song.

Malvina Reynolds wrote this song in 1962 and nothing has really changed. The big boys who were responsible for the above ground testing of nuclear testing are now involved with more destruction of the planet and its people all in the name of their real god, $$$$$. Don’t let them fool you. When, for god sakes when will we be able to get rid of the big boys as they continue to destroy and put the earth and its people in jeopardy? Somehow in all of this they will fail. They will be brought down hopefully never to rise again from the ashes of the old world.

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Two Girls Against the Rain | IDFA

Sopheak Sao – 2012 – It’s raining when the camera visits the humble dwelling of two Cambodian women who met in the 1970s while the Khmer Rouge was in power. They have been lovers ever since. Both in their late fifties, Soth Yun and Sem Eang tell their story without bitterness, but there is great pain beneath their words. Nobody wanted to believe that two women would be able to support themselves, and they have had to overcome the hostility of their families. Today they feed nephews, nieces and their grandchildren, while also taking care of a blind and physically handicapped sister. But they are still waiting for official recognition from the village authorities. The depth of history, sorrow and love captured unsentimentally in these 10 minutes is a valuable contribution to the gay emancipation debate in Cambodia. The film concludes with the observation that while King Norodom Sihanouk of Cambodia expressed support for same-sex marriage in 2004, no such law has yet been drafted.

Source: Two Girls Against the Rain | IDFA

Bob Dylan – Percy’s Song – YouTube

PETER PAUL AND MARY – Early Morning Rain [ 1966 Video In NEW STEREO ].mp4 – YouTube

Melanie – Lay Down [WideScreen] – YouTube


Eyes should be washed, we should see things in another way.
Words should be washed.
A word in itself should be the wind, a word in itself should be the rain.

Sohrab Sepehri (1928-1980): from The Footsteps of Water, 1965


Beyond the Pale


Nairobi National Park, Kenya | Andrea’s Vacation

Nairobi National Park, Kenya

Source: Nairobi National Park, Kenya | Andrea’s Vacation

Ayub Ogada – Kothbiro – YouTube

Everly Brothers – Crying In The Rain (live 1983) HD 0815007

Tad Robinson – Rained All Night