Rain in Soho
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Album

Goths

Released

May 19, 2017

Length

4:46

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"Andrew Eldritch Is Moving Back to Leeds"

Previous Track (Marsh Witch Visions)

"No More Tears"

Rain in Soho is the first song on the album Goths. A demo of the song can be found on Marsh Witch Visions.

Lyrics[edit | edit source]

No one knows where the lone wolf sleeps
No one sees the hidden treasure in the castle keep
No one learns the secret name
No one burns in the absent flame
No one broke D.B. Cooper’s fall
No one hopes to hear the bagman call
Children piping in the main square
But no one’s dancing
No one’s dancing down there

The river goes where the water flows
But no one knows when the Batcave closed
The river goes where the water flows
But no one knows when the Batcave closed

No promise sweeter than a blood pact
Nothing harder to go through with than a vanishing act
No morning colder than the first frost
No friends closer than the ones we’ve lost
Nothing sharper than a serpent’s tooth
Nothing harder than the gospel truth
Though you repent and don sackcloth and try to make nice
You can’t cross the same river twice

The river goes where the water flows
But no one knows when the Batcave closed
The river goes where the water flows
But no one knows when the Batcave closed

There’s a club where you’d like to go
You could meet someone who’s lost like you
Revel in the darkness like a pair of open graves
Fumble through the fog for a season or two

No town more barren than our town
No haven safer than the one they tore down
No greater love than to lay my life down for a friend
No sweeter pleasure than to see the credits clear through to the end
No one knows where the lone wolf’s gone
No one sees him camped out right there on the front lawn
We played for you but you would not sing
No one was gonna get away with anything

The river goes where the water flows
But no one knows when the Batcave closed
The river goes where the water flows
But no one knows when the Batcave closed

Comments by John Darnielle About this Song[edit | edit source]

  • "When I was sixteen, they opened a club in London called the Batcave. You could only read about it in magazines. You couldn't see film of it or anything. You would see, like, three pictures in Smash Hits, of people at the Batcave and you would go, man, I wish I could... It's not going to happen, is it. Looking at the pictures, knowing you were never gonna get to see it." -- 2017-11-15 - Newport Music Hall - Columbus, OH
  • "I got excited about trying to play this one solo because when we make records, we talk about which ones feel more like older Mountain Goats songs and which ones feel like more like where I’m at now, they have more stuff going on in the bridge and more complicated – but people don’t often hear which ones seem old school because they’re recorded in a big studio now and it sort of obscures the song, but I think when you play this one on acoustic guitar by itself you can hear that it’s basically a more complicated version of something that would have been on one of the early tapes." -- 2019-09-28 - City Winery - Philadelphia, PA

Things Referenced in this Song[edit | edit source]

  • The lyric "There's a club where you'd like to go / You could meet someone who's lost like you" is a reference to The Smith's song 'How Soon Is Now'.
  • D. B. Cooper is an infamous, anonymous plane hijacker who stole $200,000 and has never been found.
  • The Batcave was a nightclub in London, considered a birthplace of goth subculture.
  • The line "No greater love than to lay my life down for a friend" is derived from John 15:13.

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