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James Taylor — Fire And Rain
Album: Sweet Baby James
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8.2

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Released: 1970
Length: 3:18
Plays (last 30 days): 1
Just yesterday morning
They let me know you were gone
Suzanne, the plans they made put an end to you
I walked out this morning and I wrote down this song
I just can't remember who to send it to

I've seen fire and I've seen rain
I've seen sunny days that I thought would never end
I've seen lonely times when I could not find a friend
But I always thought that I'd see you again

Won't you look down upon me Jesus?
You got to help me make a stand
You just got to see me through another day
My body's achin' and my time is at hand
And I won't make it any other way

Oh, I've seen fire and I've seen rain
I've seen sunny days that I thought they would never end
I've seen lonely times when I could not find a friend
But I always thought that I'd see you again

Been walkin' my mind to an easy time
My back turned towards the sun
Lord knows when the cold wind blows, it'll turn your head around
Well, there's hours of time on the telephone line to talk about things to come
Sweet dreams and flying machines in pieces on the ground

Whoa, I've seen fire and I've seen rain
I've seen sunny days that I thought would never end
I've seen lonely times when I could not find a friend
But I always thought that I'd see you, baby, one more time again, now
Thought I'd see you one more time again
There's just a few things comin' my way this time around, now
Thought I'd see you, thought I'd see you
Fire and rain, now
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Timeless
I've heard this song many times over the years, and I just now realized it's a goodbye to someone who recently died.
Owing to her being a bit older than me, my wife (born in 1962) was able to score tickets to a lot of artists, probably close to 200 over the years.  Of all the stories she's shared, the one at a James Taylor show stands out to me.  Mr. Taylor and a guitar and a chair and hundreds of folks sitting on their hands;  the James Taylor show rates as the most boring of all the shows she's attended. 

This track still rates at 9 to both of us....Long Live RP!!
As song that captured a generation...
As fine an example of a piece that is simple in its musicality, simple in its structure and simple in lyric.
Yet it all comes together to provide a memorable and easily identifiable moment of most folk's lives.
Really beautiful, honest piece of music
 drjimmy wrote:
I got the chills, hearing this following Townes doing his great Pancho & Lefty. Seems like "just yesterday morning..." I was a young man listening to this song for the first time. Thanks for giving this old guy some happy memories, RP (and JT).

 
Well said and ditto.  RP: 10!
I got the chills, hearing this following Townes doing his great Pancho & Lefty. Seems like "just yesterday morning..." I was a young man listening to this song for the first time. Thanks for giving this old guy some happy memories, RP (and JT).
 easmann wrote:

For me it remains as stirring and evocative as it ever was. I find it melancholy rather than maudlin, which is an emotion that I can respond as positively to as to the irrepressible celebration in say, Johnny Nash's I Can See Clearly Now.

Some artists are alchemists, converting the lead of loss, failure, and despair into a golden beacon of underlying strength and hope.

This is an example of that for me. 

Peace.

 
This.

Loved this tune when I was a teenager. Now it seems maudlin and somewhat embarrassing to listen to.


 copymonkey wrote:
 Jota wrote:
The lyrics are complete and utter drivel.  Like the naive, sentimental loser outlook of a crappy teenager.  Man up ya goon.

  Except they're about a friend dying from a heroin overdose. But you are a true man, dude.

 
Who knew that such a no-nonsense manly man would use a phrase such as '...complete and utter drivel'? 
 
 Jota wrote:
The lyrics are complete and utter drivel.  Like the naive, sentimental loser outlook of a crappy teenager.  Man up ya goon.

 



Except they're about a friend dying from a heroin overdose. But you are a true man, dude.
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I just really hate this guy
 sfyi2001 wrote:
AGREED, Jota.
I'd rather hear David Cassidy do 'I think I love you' than listen to this guy. Junky pop-folk goon.
- Carly Simon

Not to worry; there's plenty of Creed and Nickelback (and David Cassidy) for you and Jota!
 On_The_Beach wrote:
 Jota wrote:
The lyrics are complete and utter drivel.  Like the naive, sentimental loser outlook of a crappy teenager.  Man up ya goon.

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Jota wants you all to know he's not a girly-man.

 
AGREED, Jota.
I'd rather hear David Cassidy do 'I think I love you' than listen to this guy. Junky pop-folk goon.
- Carly Simon 
 Jota wrote:
The lyrics are complete and utter drivel.  Like the naive, sentimental loser outlook of a crappy teenager.  Man up ya goon.

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Jota wants you all to know he's not a girly-man.
The lyrics are complete and utter drivel.  Like the naive, sentimental loser outlook of a crappy teenager.  Man up ya goon.
This is not from 2009; it's more like 1970.
 SanFranGayMan wrote:

A close second for me-But going to Carolina in My Mind  gets my fav of his!

 
I agree.
 scarletdancer wrote:
Still my favorite James Taylor song to date.  Thanks, Bill!

 
A close second for me-But going to Carolina in My Mind  gets my fav of his!
Yes. This is one of those perfect songs.
I was just ready to shut down this morning Bill, James just kept me on...
 ScottishWillie wrote:

Love to have some Jim Croce on Radio Paradise. He never made it in the UK but I'm told he was big in America. Is he to mainstream to American audiences to be played on this station?
 
Croce's number of hit US singles over his short career probably casts him as mainstream. He's not in the pantheon of folk-rock heavies like Taylor and Jackson Browne, who get more cross-generational respect.

There are other factors as well, which I won't detail here. Croce wasn't the kind of entertainer whose album covers college girls would swoon over.

The fact that Croce had a sense of humor leads many not to take him seriously, and that works against him in this format. But he has been played on RP before, and probably will be again (my guess).
Used to great effect in the film Running on Empty. 
Still my favorite James Taylor song to date.  Thanks, Bill!
New music soon. First in 13 years.
 Dinges,_the_Dude wrote:
Sounds like Jim Croce to me.
Not a bad song at all, but I expected it to be released in the '70s...
 
Love to have some Jim Croce on Radio Paradise. He never made it in the UK but I'm told he was big in America. Is he to mainstream to American audiences to be played on this station?
 bhallmark wrote:
This song always stops me cold in my tracks.  Perfect 10.  Sometimes you have to thank an artist for creating something that moves you so.

 
This is exactly what this song does to me too - it amounts to a total system reset. It so happens that today I am having a bad day ... and then this song came on as if by fate. It changes my attitude on what is happening to me today, and puts it all into a better, calmer, wiser perspective. Thank God for good Music.
Time for a sing along. 
The audio in this file sounds distorted.
Ohh... I've seen fire and I've heard distortion... 

Back in 1970-71 played the album many times. This song became relevant when I returned to the US and my old girlfriend was gone.  Truly appreciated the era when the music spoke to you ... it helped get you through the night. 

 


 scrubbrush wrote:
Makes me sentimental about stuff that never even happened to me.

 
Perfectly stated.
This song always stops me cold in my tracks.  Perfect 10.  Sometimes you have to thank an artist for creating something that moves you so.
 dingusbother wrote:
More info please!  I must see this ...
 
The BBC "In Concert" series has great performances from lots of excellent musicians circa 1970.
Here's the JT link:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DOHLfQPD8iU
(Fire & Rain @ 3:40)
 tkosh wrote:
What documentary did I just see that had JT sitting on a stage with his guitar picking his way through this song's first public performance?     

 
More info please!  I must see this ...
Miss you John - I really always thought I'd see you again.  Hope the other side is better for you - wherever you may be.
ahh   the 70's  {#Fire}    {#Umbrella}

Man, he did hit this. Captures all kinds of feelings here.  Saying it is thought-provoking is an understatement.

He relates a very personal experience to which I am unconnected, yet, somehow, it affects me deeply.   


 easmann wrote:
Test of time: Passed.

 
With flying colors. 
 Dinges,_the_Dude wrote:
Sounds like Jim Croce to me.
Not a bad song at all, but I expected it to be released in the '70s...

 
The release date is way wrong, it's pulled from the Amazon.com database and must refer to the CD version of this album or something. Anyway, the song came out in 1970.
Love this song, but you're making my wife cry. Time to lighten things up ;)
 Dinges,_the_Dude wrote:
Sounds like Jim Croce to me.
Not a bad song at all, but I expected it to be released in the '70s...

 
Released in 1970
Sweet Baby James!!  {#Cheers}
Sounds like Jim Croce to me.
Not a bad song at all, but I expected it to be released in the '70s...
 Middleton wrote:
Had to up my rating on this from a 9 to a 10.    {#Notworthy}

 
............ has to be 10
Released in 1970.  Last century.
What a great way to describe this feeling!

Thanks for that.

scrubbrush wrote:
Makes me sentimental about stuff that never even happened to me.

 


Had to up my rating on this from a 9 to a 10.    {#Notworthy}
My first 8 track purchase.
Makes me sentimental about stuff that never even happened to me.
J.T. Classic.......10....'one more time again'.....

Pittsburgh Civic Arena 1969:  Waiting to see Chicago, who at the time had two great albums out and were a rocking great live band.  Opening act:  this guy on a stool.  He plays "Steamroller Blues" and has 14,000 people in his back pocket.  Ah, Sweet Baby James.


I always loved this; a true masterpiece...  I found out several years ago, though, that the mood tends to get too melancholy if I play more than a couple of his songs in a row.  But whoah, once in a while, still pretty darned nice and fine!
Thanks Bill.
What documentary did I just see that had JT sitting on a stage with his guitar picking his way through this song's first public performance?     
 joelbb wrote:
Jeez, Bill, THIS after TVZ doing "Pancho & Lefty"?  That's going from the sublime to the banal.
 
he did it again today joelbb, and it was GREAT:)
Former President James Taylor!
I love this song, hearing it takes me back to being a very young man getting ready to hitch hike out to California and that optimism that everything's going to work out just fine.
My brother John played 6- & 12-string guitar when we were still in high school. We sang James Taylor songs all night many weekends. We never came close to the original by James, but we felt the lyrics in our bones. 

 "Fire and Rain" was one of our favorites ...

great too hear it here on RP. 
 d-don wrote:

Miss you, Romeo.
 

I miss me, too...  hope you be having a marvelous evening...  this is a marvelous song...
 
This song always reminds me of a woman I used to know many years ago.

>sigh< 

What could'a been.... 
 joelbb wrote:
Jeez, Bill, THIS after TVZ doing "Pancho & Lefty"?  That's going from the sublime to the banal.
 
Jeez, someone, SAVE us from the hipsters.
 capzfan wrote:

There must be a song I hate more. Let me think. It’s coming…

I’ve got it...

 

Sweet Caroline.

  Hate is a four lettered word... try the alternative... Love


{#Notworthy}
What a voice.
Saw him 5 years ago Lennox love estate East Lothian Scotland, awesome
 
 (former member) wrote:


It is really interesting how elemental images—  fire and rain, the sun, cold wind, etc.—  are juxtaposed with religious imagery...

this classic song is groovy...  love it...


 
 
Miss you, Romeo.
Ha! Used to have this 8-track... so this can't be right - Original Release Date: 2009
Jeez, Bill, THIS after TVZ doing "Pancho & Lefty"?  That's going from the sublime to the banal.
{#Hearteyes}
 Slartibartfast wrote:
Kermit? That you?
 
It's not easy being green.
Feb 1970 not 2009
 Slartibartfast wrote:
Kermit? That you?
 

too funny! {#Lol}

There must be a song I hate more. Let me think. It’s coming…

I’ve got it...

 

Sweet Caroline.


Not a huge JT fan...but I do kinda like this tune.
Kermit? That you?
 dingusbother wrote:
"Ballin' Outrageous"?     {#Stupid}
 
Just noticed. Maybe that was one of his contractual obligation albums. 
"Ballin' Outrageous"?     {#Stupid}
One of the best songs ever!!!!!!!


It is really interesting how elemental images—  fire and rain, the sun, cold wind, etc.—  are juxtaposed with religious imagery...

this classic song is groovy...  love it...


 


Classic. This song and album were his best.
James Taylor is pretty hit or miss for me. This one is a hit. Also quite nice are his raunchy blues songs like "Handyman" and "Steamroller Blues".
 


This is an utterly magnificent song...  love it...