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Have You Ever Seen The Rain by Creedence Clearwater Revival

Updated on August 1, 2014

Have You Ever Seen The Rain Song Lyrics

Have You Ever Seen The Rain was written by John Fogerty, whose writing talents were behind so many of the Creedence Clearwater Revival hits from the 1960s and 1970s.

The song was released in 1970 on their album Pendulum and rose as high as number 8 in the Billboard Hot 100 Singles chart in 1971.

It is thought that the lyrics for the song are making a reference to the Vietnam War, with "bombs raining down from the sky". John Fogerty was called up by the Draft Board in 1966, but was fortunately able to enlist in the Army Reserve and not have to go to war.

Another band member, Doug Clifford had also been called up at the same time, and served in the United States Coast Guard Reserve. Following their military discharge in 1968, all four members of the band, John Fogerty, Doug Clifford, Tom Fogerty (John's older brother) and Stu Cook, all left their jobs to focus on the band as a full time career.

Their second album, Bayou Country which was released in 1969 signalled their success, with hits like Proud Mary and Born On The Bayou.

A little know fact is that Creedence Clearwater Revival played at Woodstock, however because John Fogerty thought that their playing sounded sub-standard, they appear neither on the Woodstock film or the Original Soundtrack.

The band broke up in 1972, but John Fogerty's career in the music industry is still going strong as a solo artist.

You can learn more about Creedence Clearwater Revival from Wikipedia.

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Song Lyrics: Have You Ever Seen The Rain

Have You Ever Seen The Rain - Creedence Clearwater Revival from the album Pendulum

Written by John Fogerty.

Someone told me long ago

There's a calm before the storm

I know it's been coming for some time

When it's over so they say

It'll rain on a sunny day

I know shining down like water

I want to know

Have you ever seen the rain

I want to know

Have you ever seen the rain

Coming down on a sunny day

Yesterday and days before

Sun is cold and rain is hot

I know, been that way for all my time

'Til forever, on it goes

Through the circle of fast and slow

I know it can't stop, I wonder

I want to know

Have you ever seen the rain

I want to know

Have you ever seen the rain

Coming down on a sunny day

I want to know

Have you ever seen the rain

I want to know

Have you ever seen the rain

Coming down on a sunny day

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The song "Have You Ever Seen The Rain" has been used in a number of television shows and movies, and has been covered by a host of artists.

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      Tony Payne 4 years ago from Southampton, UK

      @CrossCreations: Lots of songs bring back fond memories for me, often from longer ago than I care to remember. Funny how we can listen to something and recall events from days gone by isn't it.

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      Richard 4 years ago from Surrey, United Kingdom

      One of CCR's best!

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      Carolan Ross 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      Love Creedence! We have similar taste in music and I'm impressed by the way you create these web pages, very nicely done. Here's a Creedence Clearwater Revival story... Long ago I had a friend whose MOM was a Creedence fan! She'd turn it on and dance around the kitchen and that just tickled me to death. To this day, whenever I hear Creedence I think of that fun lady. You can bet that my parents would never ever listen to such music.

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      EMangl 4 years ago

      years are gone since i listened to them - will turn on a few songs now

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      Paul 4 years ago from Liverpool, England

      @TonyPayne: Ramones version is exactly what you think it will be :)

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      Tony Payne 5 years ago from Southampton, UK

      @Missmerfaery444: I haven't heard The Ramones version, must track it down and listen.

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      Missmerfaery444 5 years ago

      Love this song, although I confess I only know it through The Ramones version! Was nice to hear and read about the original version!

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      Ruthi 5 years ago

      Have You Ever Seen The Rain is one of the best of Creedence Clearwater Revival. I would say all of CCC songs are great and my favorite is Long As I Can See The Light.

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      LisaDH 5 years ago

      Love this song!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Can you imagine a 13 year old loving "Sledgehammer" by Gabriel?? -- yeah, I loved that song (among countless others)! "Have you Ever Seen the Rain" is a cool tune. I first gravitated to it when I met my "honey"; he's a big fan.

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      julieannbrady 5 years ago

      Well, I am back to report that this should be Jacksonville Florida's theme song ... we are experiencing a drought ... a previous report said that it had been some 91 days without rain. My grass looks might sad -- don' know if it will survive. Have you ever seen the rain? Well, last night we got some thankfully.

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      Peggy Hazelwood 5 years ago from Desert Southwest, U.S.A.

      Brings back memories! Good tune.

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      LouisaDembul 5 years ago

      I have always loved this song, didn't really know much about the group behind it before.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I never thought this song could be about Vietnam before. But it makes total sense!

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      julieannbrady 5 years ago

      Oh my, but I always loved this song ... and really all the music of CCR ... and am now hoping that I see the rain since I put down weed and feed on my lawn. badabing!

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      AJ 5 years ago from Australia

      Love this song - thank you for dragging out a golden oldie.

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      BeyondRoses 5 years ago

      CCR Forever! Was always my favorite band, the one I always remembered, the kind of music I love.

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      ChiroAustin 5 years ago

      They definitely don't get enough respect.

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      ChiroAustin 5 years ago

      CCR is my favorite band of all time! you rock! Thank you for making this!

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      julieannbrady 5 years ago

      Holy Smokes ... Have I Ever Seen the Rain? Yes indeed ... we have been bombarded with rain here in Jacksonville, FL for the past two days ... it caught me out in it when I was raking up piles of nuts from the water oak trees out back.

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      hughgrissettsr lm 5 years ago

      luv ccr! great lens! i have the box set of their complete recordings. tons of great songs!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      I was going to head to bed but they I saw your lens title and just had to have a listen to Have You Ever Seen the Rain, I loved it from the moment I first heard it and still do!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Love that CCR, on Sept 15th "Swamp Music Players" will be playing Logan's, full band with a 15 year old girl singing CCR's "Bad Moon Rising" ;) Thks for the "like" on the SMP page.

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      PropheticMentor 6 years ago


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      termit_bronx 6 years ago

      This is one of my favorite songs. I like Bad moon rising too. CCR!