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topical tom 04 Dec 07 - 08:31 AM
GUEST,Peace 04 Dec 07 - 10:17 AM
topical tom 04 Dec 07 - 03:38 PM
Joe Offer 05 Dec 07 - 01:42 AM
topical tom 05 Dec 07 - 12:43 PM
GUEST,Butch 22 Oct 15 - 11:05 PM
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Subject: Lyr Req: Rainchild
From: topical tom
Date: 04 Dec 07 - 08:31 AM

I recently heard this song on the radio and I was captivated by   
    it.It was sung by David Massengill and was probably written by him
    but I am not sure of that.It's about a child who suddenly appears   
    mysteriously in a rainstorm.I found it hauntingly beautiful, weird   
    but wonderful.

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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Rainchild
From: GUEST,Peace
Date: 04 Dec 07 - 10:17 AM

Sound Sample here.

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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Rainchild
From: topical tom
Date: 04 Dec 07 - 03:38 PM

Thanks, Peace!You did it again!

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Subject: ADD: Rainchild (David Massengill)
From: Joe Offer
Date: 05 Dec 07 - 01:42 AM

I've drifted away from singer-songwriters in recent years, but it's worth taking the time to pay attention to the work of David Massengill. I picked up Massengill's 2006 We Will Be Together CD in a cutout bin a couple weeks ago. Here are the lyrics, as printed in the CD booklet:

(David Massengill, 2006)

There was a child out in the rain
And no one knew from where he came
He just appeared as heaven-sent
And he seemed happy and content

O'Brian's boy set out alone
In mind to fetch the milk cows home
A heavy rain, a grove of trees
There sat a child among the leaves

Rainchild, rainchild, rainchild

A red-haired child, small and fragile
Whose face was brightened by a smile
At first he thought it was a ghost
Come from a cemetery host

O'Brian's boy was full of fear
He ran off like a startled deer
At home he told of what he'd seen
A ghostly child upon the green

Rainchild, rainchild, rainchild

The parents wept to hear this tale
And they took up the search as well
Their own son died the age of three
Same as this child of mystery

They found him down where the quail run
Toddling toward the dimming sun
His hair and clothes weren't even damp
Was he left by a gypsy camp?

Rainchild, rainchild, rainchild

He'd gone to sleep in someone's lap
Awakened by a thunderclap
So many questions still remain
Sometimes a life is unexplained

Perhaps the hand of Providence
Had left him here in recompense
And so this child, prologue unknown
They loved him as their very own

Rainchild, rainchild, rainchild

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Subject: RE: Req/ADD: Rainchild (David Massengill)
From: topical tom
Date: 05 Dec 07 - 12:43 PM

Wonderful, Joe! Exactly what I wanted!I find his music spell-binding
    and beautiful.

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Subject: RE: Lyr Req/Add: Rainchild (David Massengill)
From: GUEST,Butch
Date: 22 Oct 15 - 11:05 PM

10 years later I'm reading this post. I wanted to learn this song several years ago and talked to David Massengill. I asked him what the song was about, and it is as it is. He wrote this about an actual event that occurred in his home town many years ago. The red haired child grew into a man that did handyman jobs around the town as he grew older. He was known by most of the town folk. Gorgeous song.

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