Joy is Like the Rain

Raindrops on a window:   1 I saw raindrops on my window, Joy is like the rain. Laughter runs across my pain, slips away and comes again. Joy is like the rain. 2 I saw clouds upon a mountain, Joy is like a cloud. Sometimes silver, sometimes gray, always sun not far away. Joy is like a cloud. 3 I saw Christ in wind and thunder, Joy is tried by storm. Christ asleep within my boat, whipped by wind, yet still afloat. Joy is tried by storm. 4 I saw raindrops on the river, Joy is like the rain. Bit by bit the river grows, till all at once it overflows.Joy is like the rain
This song about joy was written by American Roman Catholic and Medical Mission Sister Miriam Therese Winter (b 1938), in 1965 inspired by her early experiences in after joining a convent shortly before Vatican II.

It was the title-track of Winter's 1966 released LP and the accompanying sheet music collection. This is now out of print but copies are often available on Amazon.

It was later included in Winter's Songlines music book, and is also in some other books, eg Let the People Sing (link below).

The song was used world-wideby Catholic missionaries in teh 1960s and 70s, and Winter has commented (see video below) that wherever she went, it had arrived before her.   The range of YouTube videos shows that it is still sung in many places today, and that it is used in a range of denominations.

The tune, which Winter named simply JOY IS LIKE THE RAIN, has a 4/4 time signature.  In the key of D the first few notes are DFEB, CEDA,  with matching guitar chords D / Em / A7 / D.

Image from MaxPixel - Licensed under Creative Commons Zero - CC0.



Downloads


Examples


Original recording:




Adult soloist with keyboard and light percussion:



Teaching track for a children's choral competition entry:



The composer, telling the story of why the song was written, and leading a group of singing it (starts ) - piano accompaniment:



Trio - unaccompanied:



Instrumental - piano:


Lyrics

The lyrics are copyright so cannot be reproduced here. But they are currently available on the author's website. A rough outline is:
1 I saw raindrops on my window,
Joy is like the rain.
....
....
Joy is like the rain.

2 I saw clouds upon a mountain,
....
Joy is like a cloud.

3 I saw Christ in wind and thunder,
...
Joy is tried by storm.

4 I saw raindrops on the river ...

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