Peter’s Corner: The Rainy Day Rain Man

The first Rain Man was French, and he had a habit of saying “”Après nous, le déluge” meaning “After us, the flood” because he could make it rain very heavily when he wanted to, and because he liked heavy rain. He is now known as the Rainy Day Rain Man because he could not only create rain, but also create rainy days as well. He was known in French as L’Homme des Jours Pluvieux.

He liked the expression “It never just rains, it pours”, and often saved up for a rainy day then having made it rain heavily and go on raining all day, he had a happy day shopping and there he was after the shops had shut singing in the rain with nothing but a soggy £5 note left which he had forgotten to put in his purse.

Indeed not only was he singing in the rain but actually doing a rain dance and strumming a banjo. Usually people only do rain dances when it has been dry for some time- he did a rain dance when it was still raining, and some people found this irresponsible.

He inspired a number of pop songs, for example “Baby, dry my socks to show me you love me”, “Drippin’, drippin’, drippin” by Wet Wet Wet, and the Rain Man’s Golf Song:

It is peaceful and so I don’t moan

that I’m soaking and all on my own.

Playing 2 rounds of  golf when it’s wet

is the greatest enjoyment I get.

The song “Raindrops Keep Fallin’ On My Head” may also be a reference to the Rain Man, as the Rain Man would never wear a hat or cap during rain, or use an umbrella or try to shelter, but he would never catch a cold or chill as a result.

Well known for singing in the rain, he would never sing on a train:

I’m singing, singing in the rain  

but never singing on a train.

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