Tuesday, March 15, 2016


You came riding in
 on the sunrise 
on a hot
California day...

...with a fancy man
 in a painted wagon
 with some fancy things to say

Looks like
 you folks need some water, 
 water is my game

And for the small price
 of 100 dollars, 
I bet you 
I could make it rain...

They all 
just stood there staring 
trying to believe...

...but there was one
 named Lizzy Cooper 
who said he was a lying cheat

She said 
you call yourself the Rainman,
 well you ought to be ashamed

all these people dreaming, 
thinking you
 can make it rain.

The North Fork
 of the Yuba River
last summer

Step back non-believers
 or the rain
 will never come

Someone start
 that fire-a-burning,
 somebody beat the drum

He said 
some may think I'm crazy
 for making all these claims

But I swear
 before this day is over 
you folks are 
 see some rain.

"Lizzie and the Rainman"
Larry Henley and Kenny O'Dell, 1971
Performed by Tanya Tucker and others, but my personal favorite:
The Cox Family
"Beyond the City", 1995

As we got out of the car yesterday, 
the roar of the river was deafening.

 I really hate
 using a word that is so over-used,
 but it was 

 we did get some rain,
 but it was disheartening to hear 
that we are still in the drought.


All that rain
 didn't dampen Kai's bling of green 
and all our good wishes
 for a
 Happy St. Patrick's Day.


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  1. That was so entertaining Judy! I loved it! Thanks for sharing and linking.

  2. I've never heard of Lizzie and the Rainman before Judy! Love the pics that went along with the poem too. Wow and that water rush is "awesome" as long as you stay way back! Thanks to much for sharing the poem and the awesomeness of your part of the world!
    XO Barbara

  3. Some times it's hard to believe there's a draught in places when you see roaring waters like that. Kai looks so sweet. Blessings, xoxo,Susie

  4. So glad you got some much needed rain there Judy. I don't think I know that song although if I heard the music I might. I love to hear the sound of water rushing down a creek or stream or brook. We have a brook very near us and I can hear it after a heavy rain. Lovely sound. speaking of which we are to get rain tomorrow and snow the next day. Spring is teasing at the door but winter weather is still stalking us too. Blessings to you and Happy St. Patrick's Day.

  5. What a stunning post, dear Judy, I enjoyed it so much, thank you !

    May the remainder of your week be blessed with joy
    sending love across the many miles ... and Happy St.Patrick's Day !


  6. Would you mind sending your little rainman to Arizona please, we are desperate for some moisture!! Glad you got a bit, even if it didn't resolve your drought! ...while Louisiana floods... :( Have a blessed rest of your week! Cindy xo

  7. I wasn't sure about your post title when I first read it but this is just beautiful!! Thank you, Judy!! :)


  8. I heard on the news that California was getting some much needed rain. I hope you'll get more to end the drought......not tooo much though. Happy St. Patrick's Day to you and yours....we'll be celebrating my daughter's 40th birthday on the 17th. Always a special day in the year for us.
    Charlotte in Va.

  9. What a great post, Judy! I think I remember that song. Boy, that was a long time ago, before I was married even. I'm glad you got a little rain and the pictures are wonderful. Thank you for sharing. Happy St Patrick's Day!


  10. Love the post and i had never heard about the Rainman. Get story.
    Great pictures of the river. We had some very unusual storms, really raining sideways and the wind was terrible, but it didn't last long. We really need a lot more. But, it is wonderful to see everything so green and the flowers blooming. Now we are in the 80's. Crazy weather.

    Kai, he is so cute. Enjoy the rest of your week.

  11. We have been getting some too, but as you said, we are still in a drought. It sure has made a difference in the garden, absolutely everything is blooming! Let's hope for more.

  12. Lovely pictures Judy. Yes, we got quite a bit of rain...Yea! The song does ring a bell. Kai look cute with the green. Have a great St. Patrick's day. xo

  13. Wonderful, wonderful, wonderful - did I mention wonderful? What a great post - I was hoping it ended in rain - there is sure a difference in the two years. I heard the other day that a lake in CA (Shasta) had risen 117 feet with all the rain - what a wonder. You might still be in the drought - but you are climbing out. Great photos - just loved this post.

  14. Hi Judy,
    Oh sweet Kai looks so cute for St. Pat's Day. Glad there was some rain to help a little bit.
    Have a great week end. Hugs. Kris

  15. What a great post Judy, great pics too! Kai is looking super cute! Happy Easter week to you!

  16. Amazing photos, Judy!! Especially of Kai who is so cute!!
    Thanks for dropping by!!


  17. All pictures are beautiful and all perfectly photographed


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