The Wind and the Rain (Day 26)

Things are getting a little meteorological on Project 194 this morning as I share a song with a text by one of my most cooperative collaborators, Willie the Shake. (When I add a syllable, he never complains!) This setting of The Wind and the Rain was created for the Arden Theater’s production of Twelfth Night, directed by the inimitable Whit Maclaughlin, in 2003. Whit’s idea was that Illyria was a Mediterranean resort with Sinatra platters in the jukebox at the bar, hence the ring-a-ding swing style of this track. Bev Appleton was great as Feste in this production, and not just because he gave a great rendition of this number.

When that I was and a little tiny boy,
With hey, ho, the wind and the rain,
A foolish thing was but a toy,
For the rain it raineth every day.

But when I came to man’s estate,
With hey, ho, the wind and the rain,
’Gainst knaves and thieves men shut their gate,
For the rain it raineth every day.

But when I came, alas! to wive,
With hey, ho, the wind and the rain,
By swaggering could I never thrive,
For the rain it raineth every day.

But when I came unto my beds,
With hey, ho, the wind and the rain,
With toss-pots still had drunken heads,
For the rain it raineth every day.

A great while ago the world begun,
With hey, ho, the wind and the rain,
But that’s all one, our play is done,
And we’ll strive to please you every day.

We’re expecting the wind and the rain to turn to snow here in Philadelphia later this morning, and with any luck, tomorrow will bring a snow song on Project 194.

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