Carole King – It might as well rain until September (testo)
“What shall I write?
What can I say?
How can I tell you how much I miss you?
The weather here has been as nice as it can be
although it doesn’t really matter much to me
for all the fun I’ll have while you’re so far away
it might as well rain until September
I don’t need sunny skies for thing I have to do
‘cause I stay home the whole day long and think of you
as far as I’m concerned each day’s a rainy day
so it might as well rain until September
My friends look forward to their picnics on the beach
yes everybody loves the summertime
but you know darling while your arms are out of reach
the summer isn’t any friend of mine
It doesn’t matter whether skies are gray or blue
it’s raining in my heart ‘cause I can’t be with you
I’m only living for the day you’re home to stay
so It might as well rain until September
September, September, oh
it might as well rain until September”.
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“It Might as Well Rain Until September is a 1962 song originally written for Bobby Vee by Carole King and Gerry Goffin. King recorded the demo version of the song and it became a hit for her. However, Vee’s management baulked at releasing the song as a single, instead using it only as an album track. Bobby Vee recorded the song the same year for his 1963 Liberty album The Night Has a Thousand Eyes.
The song was written by Carole King and Gerry Goffin and intended for Bobby Vee, for whom they had already written the song “Take Good Care of My Baby“, a number one hit in the United States in 1961 and which remains Vee’s biggest hit on the Billboard Hot 100. King recorded the demo version of the song and this version was released as a double A-side single with “Nobody’s Perfect“. Although she had recorded earlier for ABC-Paramount and Alpine Records, ‘…..September’ was Carole King‘s first commercial success as a singer, having already had a number of hits as a songwriter. The recording was only ever intended as a demo, and as such there is no master tape, only an acetate. This is the reason why all digital releases of this recording are of inferior quality compared to other songs of this era. However, Don Kirshner liked Carole King‘s version of “September” so much that even after hearing Bobby Vee‘s version, he decided to release King‘s version as a single on the Dimension label. Carole King had two small children and did not have any interest in traveling the country to promote the record. Despite this, Carole King was ultimately persuaded by Don Kirshner and Gerry Goffin to appear on Dick Clark’s American Bandstand, where King lip-synched to the record (as was almost always done on the show) and, unlike many other performers who were given good ratings, was given a terrible rating of a 42 out of 100 by the Bandstand kids. While King was devastated by the terribly-rated performance, the song still became popular. The song later appeared on the album More American Graffiti. It is also included on Carole King‘s 2005 live album The Living Room Tour, where it is performed as part of a medley along with other songs she wrote with Gerry Goffin.
“It Might as Well Rain Until September” is a mid-tempo pop song in a similar style as many songs written by Carole King and Gerry Goffin at this time. Through the lyrics, the singer tells a former lover that the world does not appear beautiful to him or her no matter the circumstances as he/she cannot be with him/her: It doesn’t matter whether skies are grey or blue/It’s raining in my heart ‘cause I can’t be with you/ […] /So it might as well rain until September. The song appeared on the soundtrack of Michael Apted‘s Stardust. It also appears in the low-budget Australian film One Night Stand (1984 film) where it is sung by the two female leading characters in the final scene, as nuclear war envelops the world and many people of Sydney shelter in an Underground station.
The single was released in 1962 and made it to number 22 on the Billboard chart in September of that year, appearing on the Hot 100 chart dated October 6, 1962 (chart dates are approximately one-and-a-half weeks ahead of their actual release dates). The recording was considerably more popular in the United Kingdom, peaking at number three in October 1962, the highest position of any Carole King recording in the British charts”.
(Wikipedia, voce It Might as Well Rain Until September)
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