Anglo For Your Ear: The Beta Band’s “Dry the Rain”

OK, this is almost quite literally Anglo For Your Ear (except for the fact that The Beta Band are Scottish).There’s no video for “Dry the Rain” (the above YouTube clip consists of a still image and audio), and it was wasn’t even offered as a single. The song was a track on The Beta Band‘s 1998 release The Three EPs as well as part of the High Fidelity soundtrack. Boasting an electro-folk sound that was very popular at the time, the opening lyrics are a bit over-the-top in their indie moroseness:

This is the definition of my life
Lying in bed in the sunlight
Choking on the vitamin tablet
The doctor gave in the hope of saving me
In the hope of saving me

However, the song is worth enduring because it ultimately builds up to one of the warmest, most uplifting refrains in all of pop music:

If there’s something inside that you wanna say
Say it out loud it’ll be okay
I will be your light
I will be your light
I will be your light
I will be your light

Great tune.

Kevin Wicks

Kevin Wicks founded BBCAmerica.com's Anglophenia blog back in 2005 and has been translating British culture for an American audience ever since. While not British himself - he was born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri - he once received inordinate hospitality in London for sharing the name of a dead but beloved EastEnders character. His Anglophilia stems from a high school love of Morrissey, whom he calls his "gateway drug" into British culture.

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