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Acid Rain and "The Big One"

from tricycle (remastered / expanded edition) by WILD CARNATION



From the desk of Brenda Sauter:

First, to unpack two phrases, “The Big One” was a reference to World War Two; and to be sure I wasn’t imagining this, I just Googled the phrase. It took some time, but Wikipedia came through with a “Global Conflict” category reference to the war. In this song, I had the next big conflict (“World War lll”) in my mind; but I called it “The Big One” anyway. And “Acid Rain”, with its emerging information back in the 1990’s (acid rain was at its worst in the 1970’s through 1980’s), was also in my thoughts. Two catastrophic subjects set to an incredibly happy, high energy pop tune. I wonder what Rich was thinking when I started singing the dark lyrics to his jangly song. I still enjoy the irony.

Also scooped up in the mix of dark subjects is the traditional children’s song, “Oh Playmate, Come Out And Play With Me” (if you’re curious: youtu.be/uLszaMafBQ4 ); and I don’t know why that was pulled in to the mix of imagery. I believe the lyrics came together as I was walking around my backyard circa 1992 with its flowers and retaining walls, and the cellar door. I had the thought of having “Oh Playmate” way in the background of “Acid Rain”, but that didn’t materialize.

Many thanks to a fan, vandaleyes, whose internet review describes this song as “pure jangle pop bliss”. I love the layers of Rich’s jangly Rickenbackers. Euphoric jangle as the world is literally crumbling around you. But at the end of the day, “come back up, stand back up, and start again”.

We could have made a really cool video for this song.


The sun will no longer shine if you walk now
I’m surprised that I’ve survived
but don’t ask me how.
What will you do, what can you do,when the sky falls down?
Where can you go, what will you
stick your head in the ground?
Oh don’t say, not that way, that this is the end
Come back up, stand back up and start again.
Looking out the window pondering where I’ve been
Sitting in this house when the walls caved in.
You think that someone will take care of you
Crawl under your chair
I know that’s what you’ll do
I saw you turn your head to hide from wrong
Did you awake today
to find your childhood’s gone?
You expect answers, but what can I say?
You didn’t prepare for that rainy day.
Persuasion pulls me through the cellar door
How can I live on when they keep taking more?
What will you do, what can you say?
What will you do on this rainy day?
Things aren’t the same since the walls caved in
You didn’t prepare for this rainy day.


from tricycle (remastered / expanded edition), released April 28, 2023


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