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"Have You Ever Seen the Rain?" is a song written by John Fogerty and released as a single in 1971 from the album Pendulum (1970) by roots rock group Creedence Clearwater Revival. The song charted highest in Canada, reaching number one on the RPM 100 national singles chart in March 1971.[1] In the U.S., in the same year it peaked at number eight on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart (where it was listed as "Have You Ever Seen the Rain? / Hey Tonight", together with the B-side).[2] On Cash Box pop chart, it peaked at number three. In the UK, it reached number 36. It was the group's eighth gold-selling single.[3]

"Have You Ever Seen the Rain"
Single by Creedence Clearwater Revival
from the album Pendulum
B-side"Hey Tonight"
ReleasedJanuary 1971
Format7 in 45 rpm
Songwriter(s)John Fogerty
Producer(s)John Fogerty
Creedence Clearwater Revival singles chronology
"Lookin' Out My Back Door"
"Have You Ever Seen the Rain"
"Sweet Hitch-Hiker"
Music video
"Have You Ever Seen the Rain" (lyric video) on YouTube
Music video
"Have You Ever Seen the Rain" on YouTube

Some have speculated that the song's lyrics are referencing the Vietnam War, with the "rain" being a metaphor for bombs falling from the sky.[4] In his review of the song for Allmusic website, Mark Deming suggests that the song is about the idealism of the 1960s and about it fading in the wake of events such as the Altamont Free Concert and the Kent State shootings and that Fogerty is saying that the same issues of the 1960s still existed in the 1970s but that people were no longer fighting for them.[5] However, Fogerty himself has said in interviews and prior to playing the song in concert that the song is about rising tension within CCR and the imminent departure of his brother Tom from the band.[6] In an interview, Fogerty stated that the song was written about the fact that they were on the top of the charts, and had surpassed all of their wildest expectations of fame and fortune. They were rich and famous, but somehow all of the members of the band at the time were depressed and unhappy; thus the line "Have you ever seen the rain, coming down on a sunny day?". The band split in October the following year after the release of the album Mardi Gras.

In a literal sense the song describes a sunshower such in the lyric "It'll rain a sunny day" and the chorus "have you ever seen the rain Comin' down on a sunny day?".[7] These events are particularly common in Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama, but less common in other parts of the country, due to localized atmospheric wind shear effects.[7] In Southern regional dialect, there is even a term for it: "the devil beating his wife".[7]

John Fogerty released a live version of the song on his The Long Road Home - In Concert DVD which was recorded at the Wiltern Theatre in Los Angeles, California, on September 15, 2005.



Region Certification Certified units/sales
United Kingdom (BPI)[17] Silver 250,000 
United States (RIAA)[18] 2× Platinum 2,000,000 

 sales+streaming figures based on certification alone

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Spanish-language versionsEdit


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    "Item: 2795 - Library and Archives Canada". Retrieved 2016-03-03.
  2. ^ "Creedence Clearwater Revival - Chart history". Billboard. Retrieved 2016-03-04.
  3. ^ Chronicle, Vol. 1 Linear notes
  4. ^ "Creedence Clearwater Revival - Have You Ever Seen The Rain Lyrics". SongMeanings. Retrieved 2014-08-21.
  5. ^ Mark Deming. "Have You Ever Seen the Rain? - Creedence Clearwater Revival | Listen, Appearances, Song Review". AllMusic. Retrieved 2014-08-21.
  6. ^ "Have You Ever Seen The Rain? by Creedence Clearwater Revival Songfacts". Retrieved 2014-08-21.
  7. ^ a b c Simon Mahan (September 2, 2016). "Did a rock band explain why wind power will work in the south, 45 years ago?". Southern Alliance for Clean Energy. Retrieved September 2, 2016.
  8. ^ "Item Display - RPM - Library and Archives Canada". Retrieved 2017-04-04.
  9. ^ Flavour of New Zealand, 3 May 1971
  10. ^ "SA Charts 1965 - 1989 Songs H-I". South Africa's Rock Lists. Retrieved September 29, 2018.
  11. ^ Joel Whitburn's Top Pop Singles 1955-1990 - ISBN 0-89820-089-X
  12. ^ "Cash Box Top 100 3/13/71". Archived from the original on 7 June 2015. Retrieved 7 April 2018.
  13. ^ "Forum - 1970 (ARIA Charts: Special Occasion Charts)". Archived from the original on 2016-06-02. Retrieved 2017-05-07.
  14. ^ "Item Display - RPM - Library and Archives Canada".
  15. ^ "Top 20 Hit Singles of 1971". Retrieved 2 September 2018.
  16. ^ "Cash Box YE Pop Singles - 1971". Archived from the original on 6 October 2016. Retrieved 7 April 2018.
  17. ^ "British single certifications – Creedence Clearwater Revival – Have You Ever Seen the Rain". British Phonographic Industry. Retrieved September 29, 2018. Select singles in the Format field. Select Silver in the Certification field. Type Have You Ever Seen the Rain in the "Search BPI Awards" field and then press Enter.
  18. ^ "American single certifications – Creedence Clearwater Revival – Have You Ever Seen the Rain". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved November 30, 2018. If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Single, then click SEARCH. 
  19. ^ "Dr Victor & The Rasta Rebels - Greatest Hits". Archived from the original on 2014-01-07. Retrieved 2014-08-21.

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