Angela first knew of Jesus as a child yet did not walk through him till she was an adult. She currently really hopes to share the Good News via the people.

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I've Seen Fire and I've Seen Rain Lyrics

Just yesterday morning, they let me recognize you were gone.Susanne, the plans they made put an finish to you.I walked out this morning, and I created dvery own this song, I just can't remember who to sfinish it to.I've checked out fire and I've watched rain;I've viewed sunny days that I believed would certainly never before end;I've viewed lonely times when I can not uncover a frifinish, But I always assumed that I'd view you aacquire.Won't you look dvery own upon me, Jesus; You've gained to aid me make a stand,;You've simply obtained to see me through one more day.My body's aching and my time is at hand, And I won't make it any kind of other means. Oh, I've watched fire, and also I've checked out rain; I've seen sunny days that I believed would certainly never end;I've watched lonely times when I might not uncover a frifinish,But I always assumed that I'd see you again. Been walking my mind to an easy time, my ago turned towards the sun;Lord knows, as soon as the cold wind blows it'll turn your head around.Well, there's hours of time on the telephone line to talk around points to come;Sweet dreams and flying devices in pieces on the ground.Oh, I've viewed fire and also I've viewed rain; I've seen sunny days that I assumed would never before end;I've viewed lonely times as soon as I could not uncover a friend,But I constantly believed that I'd view you, baby, one more time aacquire, currently. Thought I'd see you one more time again;There's simply a few points coming my way this time about, now;Thought I'd view you, thought I'd see you fire and rain, now.


James Taylor Lyrics Explained

James Taylor composed and also sang this song, which was motivated by a friend of his who died. After tape-recorded, this song elevated him to a pop star at 22 as soon as it ended up being a hit.

Taylor declared that he composed this song three different times throughout 1968. His composing began while he was auditioning in London for The Beatles' Apple Records. Then Taylor created more of it while he stayed in a Manhattan Hospital. Although he finiburned it when he was at the Austin Riggs Center, wbelow he was remaining for drug rehabilitation. In 1972 Taylor stated:


"Fire and Rain" has 3 verses. The initially verse is about my reactions to the death of a friend. The second verse is around my arrival in this country through a moncrucial on my ago, and also tright here Jesus is an expression of my desperation in trying to get with the moment as soon as my body was aching and the moment was at hand when I had to execute it... And the third verse of that song refers to my recuperation in Austin Riggs which lasted about five months.

Although he composed this at just 20 years old, it touches world of all ages and also is still appropriate forty plus years later on.

Young James Taylor


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First Verse

Just yesterday morning they let me know you were goneI just can't remember that to sfinish it toSusanne the plans they made put an end to youI walked out this morning and I composed down this song

When he describes Susanne, he is referring to Susanne Schnerr. Taylor says he provided to acquire high via her and also knew her quite well. He met her in New York throughout 1967 and also hung out via her fairly regularly when he was part of a group referred to as The Flying Machine. The Flying Machine was the team wright here he started to become effective as a musician and writer.


Susanne, or that Taylor affectionately refers to as Suzie, committed self-destruction. He was living in London via shared friends. Because his career began lifting off and also his fame thrived, his friends waited till later on to provide him the news, given that they kbrand-new Taylor was so excited around his upcoming document deal. He didn't discover out about her suicide till six months later.

He likewise says in one interview that he constantly felt negative about the line, "The plans they made put an finish to you," because world have made assumptions to whom "they" are. He intfinished 'they' to be the Fates. His biggest fear was that her parents assumed he blamed them. He did not.


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Third Verse

Has been walking my mind to a simple time my back turned in the direction of the sun Lord knows as soon as the cold wind blows it'll revolve your head roughly Well, there's hours of time on the telephone line to talk about things To come Sweet desires and also flying devices in pieces on the ground

Earlier, in the time of his senior year in high institution, he had actually been treated at a hospital for depression. He and also a friend, Danny Kortchmar, started a band called the Flying Machine. It was a blessing in disguise as soon as the group failed simply a couple of months after it began, and he started his solo career. The last line is referring to this band also and also his previously attempts at finding success as a writer.


Fire and also Rain continues to be and most likely constantly will certainly be one of my favorite songs. It touches me on a deep level. Although I've never before skilled depression or drug addiction, I still recognize just how it feels to be on the bottom, hoping for a minute to aincrease. Life is like a roller coaster, many ups and also downs, scary at times, exhilarating, and periodically simply ordinary annoying.


Questions & Answers

Question: In the line, "But I constantly believed that I'd watch you again," to whom is the word "you" referring in the poem "Fire and Rain"?

Answer: His frifinish Suzanne Shnerr that had actually committed suicide.

© 2010 Angela Michelle Schultz

Comments

Kelly Ann Christensen from Overland also Park, Johnboy County, Kansas on February 01, 2020:

I simply love James Taylor and this song. In the days and years complying with my mother's death, it would remind me of her. I constantly believed that I would certainly check out you again, however she was gone. Thanks for the enjoyable and interesting post.

Jean Bakula from New Jersey on March 10, 2017:

He has actually such a distinctive voice, you can always tell it's him as soon as he helps out a friend or even plays an instrument. He plays the banjo component on Neil Young's Old Man. I wish he continued to be with Carly Simon, she loved him so much.

Nellieanna Hay from TEXAS on May 26, 2014:


I uncovered your hub from one of the "Related Hubs" on one more hub I was visiting. Glad I did!

What a lovely hub! I adore James Taylor and also have actually given that I initially heard him in the 60s as soon as my son in high institution was following his work-related. Thank you for bringing out this 'history' of one of his the majority of beloved songs. It gets my votes!


I tried for a good while to play his songs on piano. They're not incredibly adaptable to it. One time, though, it simply pertained to me and also I was able to carry out a relatively good project of it. Very satisfying.

Nellieanna Hay from TEXAS on May 26, 2014:

What a lovely hub! I adore James Taylor and have actually considering that I initially heard him in the 60s. Thank you for bringing out this 'history' of one of his the majority of beloved songs. It gets my votes!

Angela Michelle Schultz (author) from United States on June 02, 2012:

He really is quite the genius, he is just one of my all time favorite singers.

Winsome from Southern The golden state by method of Texas on June 02, 2012:

Hi A_M, say thanks to you for that explacountry. I had actually no idea he wrote the verses so much acomponent. I simply finiburned a song I started many years earlier, so I carry out understand just how that happens. I check out when that as soon as he heard world say that his songs all sounded the very same that he was surprised. He shelp he functions to vary his songs and framework of the music but that he just has actually a narrow lens they all come out of and so it simply sounds choose that.


I agree with him, his songs are not as straightforward to play as you can think if you actually play them as he does. That's a little of genius tbelow. =:)


Angela Michelle Schultz (author) from USA on May 19, 2012:

It truly is a sad story. My heart feels heavy eextremely time I hear those words.

Eric Calderwood from USA on May 19, 2012:

I remember listening to this song as a young son. I always assumed the whole song was around "Susan" and also the line "the plans they made put an end to you" described some conspiracy in which she was murdered. Now I know the real story. Thanks for a great hub.

Angela Michelle Schultz (author) from USA on September 22, 2010:

Your welcome. James Taylor is one of my all-time favorite singers. I can listen to him sing all day lengthy. I think he is just one of the few celebrities that I would shed all verbal functioning around! I'd simply stand there in awe!

heart4theword from hub on September 21, 2010:

Have to say I've always chosen the song, yet never before check out or new anything about the singer...or the story behind the song. Thanks for sharing!


He is among the few musicians that has actually stayed a powerful musical force for even more than fifty percent of their lives!

TomTipton from Hollyhardwood, CA on September 02, 2010:

Thanks for the Hub angela_michelle.

When lyrics, melody, and also emotion collide, you have a classic - something that never before grows old. James is in (what I would certainly call) the third act of his career now but he still sings and also plays with the very same fervor of his early on days. I still love to hear him sing

Angela Michelle Schultz (author) from United States on August 24, 2010:

SteveoMc, the factor behind the story really moved me the initially time I heard it. I wish my computer had actually speakers, otherwise I would add a video clip. I just can't tell if the video I would certainly add would be high quality or not.

SteveoMc from Pacific NorthWest on August 24, 2010:

I love this song and I was relocated by the explacountry. Thank you so a lot. I want to hear it best currently. Also, rated up and also awesome. Wonderful hub.

Angela Michelle Schultz (author) from United States on August 23, 2010:


Thanks so much Minnetonka twin for rating it up. Yeah, he seems to be among those artists that resides a good life not simply a good singer. He doesn't seem to attempt to hide who he is either.

Linda Rogers from Minnesota on August 23, 2010:

I rated this hub Up, Awesome and also Beautiful as it is very motivating. I have always had a Big location in my heart for James Taylor. I adhered to him and also his life as he struggled with demons and adhered to hin as a great and tremendous artist. I constantly thought it was cool that someone this renowned went on children's reflects choose Sesame Street. He absolutely knows exactly how blessed he is to be living a clean and also sober life currently and it reflects in just how he gives back. Thanks for a really enlightening hub.

Angela Michelle Schultz (author) from USA on August 23, 2010:

ainehannah, honestly, I am a substantial James Taylor song, tbelow is simply a few songs of his I don't adore.

Angela Michelle Schultz (author) from United States on August 23, 2010:

mhuze, I love all the great memories that we have in our lives that are lugged out by a particular song.


Coffeesnob, one point I discover very exciting is that many type of performers will say they have a normal personality, then they have a phase personality. James Taylor actually proclaimed in an interview that he is himself in his music. He acted as if that was not exceptionally imaginative and also he lacked imagination, yet personally I think it's type of refreshing.

Angela Michelle Schultz (author) from United States on August 23, 2010:

FCE tier, oh, I need to watch if I have the right to netflix it, I think I would enjoy it.

Aine O'Connor from Dublin on August 23, 2010:

Hi Angela Michelle, great to recognize the background to a classical such as this. Another album of his that featured Carol King's Up On The Roof and his very own Handyman from 1979 was a big, substantial favourite of mine ago in the day. Like mhuze, many thanks for bringing ago a great memory :0)

mhuze from USA on August 20, 2010:

Listened to this album on my Mom's old console stereo. Thanks for bringing ago a good memory.


coffeesnob on August 20, 2010:

Nice hub...I used to be all about James Taylor..always favored his music.. Isn't it a neat thing to have the ability to obtain a glimpse at what is behind the scenes in the mind of the artist. Most that create pour out experiences in some develop..


Chip from Cold Mountain on August 20, 2010:

I have actually the DVD of JT and Carole King -- great!

Angela Michelle Schultz (author) from United States on August 19, 2010:

Valerie, I love as soon as you deserve to uncover a song that simply really hits residence, and also helps you get via some of the low moments. :)

valeriebelew from Metro Atlanta, GA, USA on August 19, 2010:

Loved this angela_michelle. I've knowledgeable both depression and a drug problem, and also I'm below to say the lyrics hit house. Wonderful hub. Voting up and also awesome. (:v

Angela Michelle Schultz (author) from USA on August 19, 2010:

Bayoulady, you should definitely do one. :) I was reasoning around writing around Frederick Doublass, the ex-servant. Amazing story, it really opens your eyes to the terribleness of slavery.


Angela Michelle Schultz (author) from USA on August 19, 2010:

Tonymac, I never before kbrand-new anyone had ever redone the song. I wish the speakers on my computer were functioning otherwise I would certainly youtube it.

bayoulady from Northern Louisiana,USA on August 19, 2010:


James Taylor's smooth voice, oh my. Haven't assumed of him for a lengthy time.i am enjoying all of the biographies I've been seeing lately on the hubs, think I can carry out one myself.Rate up!

Angela Michelle Schultz (author) from USA on August 19, 2010:

Thank you so much Healing Touch I appreciate that!

Tony McGregor from South Africa on August 19, 2010:

This is an extremely informative Hub around a song I have loved for many kind of years. Interestingly I initially heard the Joan Baez version and loved it, only lagter heard the a Taylor version and have been a fan ever before considering that.

The song always intrigued me so I'm grateful for the background story.

Thanks for sharing this.


Love and also peace

Tony

Angela Michelle Schultz (author) from United States on August 19, 2010:

Thanks Aunt Barb!

Angela Michelle Schultz (author) from United States on August 19, 2010:

Mentalist Acer, well, I offered to have the Muppet's Christmas on 8-track, I hope you still have your 8-track! That would be really awesome. Not rather as cool as having actually a record, however still pretty neat.


Angela Michelle Schultz (author) from United States on August 19, 2010:

Dave Matthews, that is exactly how I feel around understanding the background of it.

Angela Michelle Schultz (author) from United States on August 19, 2010:

Samsons, I'm additionally a substantial fan! Obviously!

Angela Michelle Schultz (author) from United States on August 19, 2010:

Fred Allen, I might simply need to uncover one. I am surprised I didn't think around it. Of course the sound on my computer is currently damaged, so I haven't been placing videos on, bereason I don't understand what ones are high quality or not.


Angela Michelle Schultz (author) from United States on August 19, 2010:

Dahoglund, I think it was finding out this many type of years back, is what resulted in me to end up being a huge James Taylor fan.

Angela Michelle Schultz (author) from USA on August 19, 2010:

DiamondRN, It surprises me just how few contact on Jesus in my generation. Generations past, at the Academy Awards they would certainly give thanks to God, you don't hear that quite as much as you supplied to.

Angela Michelle Schultz (author) from USA on August 19, 2010:


Ecoggins, I have actually a proplace for you. If you make a youtube video doing your James Taylor impression, I'll put it up on ths hub! LOL> I'd love to view it. :)

Angela Michelle Schultz (author) from USA on August 19, 2010:

Pamela, I think me and also you have a lot in common. We seem to prefer a lot the exact same things. :)

Angela Michelle Schultz (author) from United States on August 19, 2010:

zzron, Thanks. I actually would agree with you, however there is somepoint hypnotizing through James Taylor's voice. I absolutely love to hear him sing. Generally I favor things more upbeat.


Laura Arne from Minnetonka, MN on August 19, 2010:

I am a full James Taylor Fan. You had me at Hello. I tweeted this one. Great hub.

Healing touch

Barbara Badder from USA on August 19, 2010:

Hmm. I constantly preferred this song, however I never before noticed he dubbed on Jesus either. I enjoyed reading this hub. Thanks Angela.

Mentalist acer from A Voice in your Mind! on August 19, 2010:

I offered to have actually him on 8-track and cassette,I wore him outLol;)


Dave Mathews from NORTH YORK,ONTARIO,CANADA on August 19, 2010:

Angela_Michelle: I've constantly delighted in this song from James Taylor, and also now discovering more around him I deserve to have a deeper appreciation for the song still.

Brother Dave.

Sam from Tenneswatch on August 19, 2010:

beautiful, I constantly preferred James Taylor.

fred allen from Myrtle Beach SC on August 19, 2010:


Wish you might have attached a performance of the song. Love the hub! I love excellent peoattempt. It screens the spirit of the poet. It goes deeper than the words and also the imeras they conjure. Many just scrape the surface of what is really being revealed. You dig deep. I like that.

Don A. Hoglund from Wisconsin Rapids on August 19, 2010:

I've never before really listened a lot to Taylor but this is an interesting story around him.

Bob Diamond RPh from Charlotte, NC USA on August 19, 2010:

I had actually never listened to every one of the words prior to. I wasn't mindful of his calling on Jesus. More world that are in trouble have to execute the very same. Thanks.


ecoggins from Corona, The golden state on August 19, 2010:

My favorite singer impression is to perform James Taylor. I love his songs. Thanks for sharing this hub.

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Pamela Oglesby from Sunny Florida on August 19, 2010:

I took pleasure in this hub and like that specific song as well as, many kind of others of James Taylor.