Hail Rain or Sunshine

Sunday, November 30, 2014

And you may see this place and find no worth, but it’s a little piece of heaven here on Earth. Yeah, we always have a good time, whether it’s hail rain or it’s sunshine. Yeah, we’re all living the good life, whether it’s hail rain or it’s sunshine.” –The Script, Hail Rain or Sunshine

November is coming to an end, finally. And now we’re reaching the last post of this month, which means it’s also the last post with the theme November Rain. Through all writings in this whole month, we’ve read about songs and scenes about rain, most of them are melancholic yet romantic. And now, as the last post, I would like to bring up the mood to another level with this one special song. This song is titled “Hail Rain or Sunshine”, performed by Irish pop-rock band, The Script. It was released on September 12th 2014 as a part of their fourth studio album, titled “No Sound Without Silence”. As we know it, The Script used to show us their melancholic songs with their hits, name it “The Man Who Can’t Be Moved”, “Nothing”, and “Breakeven (Falling to Pieces)”. But since “Hall of Fame”, they began to show their bright and more optimistic side. More or less, “Hail Rain or Sunshine” gives out the same vibe as “Hall of Fame” in term of its spirit. Unfortunately, this song hasn’t been chosen as promotional single for their album, or has not yet.

"No Sound Without Silence" album cover by The Script - source: en.wikipedia.org

That’s right, there’s sunshine after the rain. “Hail Rain or Sunshine” is a kind of song that could motivate us, ordinary people, to do not give up and be grateful for whatever states our lives are in right now. No matter how tiring and killing our daily routines are, people shouldn’t give up hopes. No matter how boring and exhausting our daily works are, people shouldn’t grieve. “We’re late to bed, we’re early to rise, wipe the sleep from our eyes. We head to work, we catch a lift, we have a smoke and we start this shift. We open up, we start to wake, maybe it’s gonna be our day. And suddenly, we start to smile, the sun is out for a while.” Indeed, life is full of ups and downs. But the hope must always be there. “We reach the top, we took the fall, but we laughed through it all. ‘Cause dreaming of them better days has always been our way.”
Whether it’s hail rain or sunshine, whether it’s bad time or good time, we should be thankful and enjoy every second of it. Everything will eventually pass. There’s no such thing as lasts forever. Whether it’s hail rain or sunshine, we always have a good time and we’re all living the good life. “And you may see this place and find no worth, but it’s a little piece of heaven here on Earth. Yeah, we always have a good time, whether it’s hail rain or it’s sunshine. Yeah, we’re all living the good life, whether it’s hail rain or it’s sunshine.” The place where we are right now, the people we are with right now, they’s God’s given, and that means the best for us. Other people may find no worth in them, but they’re everything for us and we won’t change them for anything in this world. No matter where you are and whom you with, be grateful, because there are still a lot of people out there who don’t have anywhere to go or people to be with. “And you may see my friends and find no worth, but, no, I’ll never go and change them for the world. Yeah, we always have a good time, whether it’s hail rain or it’s sunshine. Yeah, we’re all living the good life, whether it’s hail rain or it’s sunshine.”

"No Sound Without Silence" official jacket photo by The Script - source: usatoday.com


“Hail Rain or Sunshine” was written by The Script’s lead vocalist and lead guitarist, Danny O’Donoghue and Mark Sheehan, along with their producer, James Barry. There’s an interesting fact about the meaning behind their album title, “No Sound Without Silence”. From what I’ve read in an article, “No Sound Without Silence”  is a phrase derived from an idea put forward by the band, where meaningful statements cannot be made without thinking about what you want to say first; the “silence” referring to the silence that persists while a person thinks about what they want to say, and the “sound” referring to the sounds made by people when they speak. The phrase is also a comment on the state of the music industry, where, according to the band, most artists and labels do not think critically about what they want to say, therefore, do not say meaningful things. Well, it’s quite philosophical, right? Anyway, the November ends, and soon we comes to December. Leave behind your painful memories and let the rain washes them away. Let’s welcome the last month of the year with a smiling face.

And you may see my friends and find no worth, but, no, I’ll never go and change them for the world. Yeah, we always have a good time, whether it’s hail rain or it’s sunshine. Yeah, we’re all living the good life, whether it’s hail rain or it’s sunshine.” –The Script, Hail Rain or Sunshine



“We’re late to bed, we’re early to rise, wipe the sleep from our eyes
We head to work, we catch a lift, we have a smoke and we start this shift
We open up, we start to wake, maybe it’s gonna be our day
And suddenly, we start to smile, the sun is out for a while

And you may see this place and find no worth
But it’s a little piece of heaven here on Earth

Yeah, we always have a good time, whether it’s hail rain or it’s sunshine
Yeah, we’re all living the good life, whether it’s hail rain or it’s sunshine

We reach the top, we took the fall, but we laughed through it all
‘Cause dreaming of them better days has always been our way

And you may see my friends and find no worth

But, no, I’ll never go and change them for the world”

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