Minnie Riperton - Rainy Day In Centerville Lyrics




Sitting all alone I hear the tapping of the rain
Dance ballerina dance
Talking with the rain in some small city I feel the pain
She's dancing all alone

Thinking how we'd wait together
Sitting by the fire in weather just like this
Playing lovers' games; hoping the rain would never end

And I thought about the night we met
How the gentle rain fell down, kissed the ground
Then I knew no one ever could take your place

Sitting all alone I hear the tapping of the rain
Dance ballerina dance
Talking with the rain in some small city I feel the pain
She's dancing all alone

Nothing seems the same but the falling rain
You've gone away
Walking by the sea; sitting beneath a tree
You are not here

And I thought about the night we met
How the gentle rain fell down, kissed the ground
Then I knew no one ever could take your place





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Minnie Riperton Rainy Day In Centerville Comments
  1. Ruby Chew

    Minnie's song sounds like something Petula Clark would sing back in the 60's.

  2. Dilly Jazzy

    Check The Clock!!!

  3. Troy Ruiz

    K Def u killed this sample (Real Live)

  4. LogicIzCool Alonso

    4:55 nas sample. Where yall at

  5. groundhog713

    Maurice White of EWF plays drums on this...

  6. Jeneral J.U.-ICE

    K-Def and Larry-O (Real Live) "Crime Is Money".

  7. Elizabeth

    Stunning piece of art.

  8. Reginald Townsend

    this is music people, enjoy, cherish it feel it. this is one of the greatest voices that ever has been heard. I love U Minnie.

  9. David Trumper

    Wow....I never heard this before. It's amazing. Thank you.

  10. Mauricio M

    OMG everything is perfect in this song, the lyrics match so subtle with the melody and the orchestal arrangement is just not from this world. This song is a pice of heaven.

    MALCOLM JOSEPH MILLINER

    @Mausolo M 1 800 LOVE GOD AND 1 888 I SING HU.....HUUUUUUUUUUUU THE SOUND OF HEAVEN.....PEACE

  11. Blake Gildaphish

    sitting all alone, i hear the tapping of the rain. dance, ballerina, dance.

    MALCOLM JOSEPH MILLINER

    @Blake Gildaphish I SAW THIS ANGEL IN CONCERT.....WE WERE BLESSED...SHE USED TO WORK AT THE OLD CHESS RECORDS BUILDING WHERE THE ROLLIN STONES WAS DIGGIN ON BUDDY GUY CUT HIS FIRST ALBUM ~ AROUND 20th AND MICHIGAN ~ IT IS NOW THE BLUES MUSEUM~ AND WILLIE DIXON ~ THE MAN WHO WROTE GREAT SONGS FOR MUDDY WATERS AND HOWLIN WOLF~ DAUGHTER AND GRAND SUN IS RUNNIN THE PLACE~ IF YOU ARE IN CHICAGO PAY THEM A VISIT AND GIT YOUR BLUES HISTORY LESSON ON ~ 1 800 LOVE GOD

  12. Shtwaan E.

    This must have been a major influence on young Kate Bush.

  13. groundhog713

    I agree. It's too bad neither one of those two are with us anymore....

  14. MrGooie

    IT'S RAINING IN NY AND ALL I CAN DO IS PLAY THIS TIMELESS PIECE

  15. Terna Ugoh

    Xo true..

  16. Nick G

    Nas - Where Yall at

  17. Duriel Moore

    @ASEFQZDR Thanks man.Beautiful song by Minnie nonetheless.

  18. RAWflava

    you re right!

  19. Duriel Moore

    Lone Catalysts ft. Grap Luva "Check The Clock"

  20. Duriel Moore

    Actually 1996 from The Turnaround

  21. Duriel Moore

    What Nas song?

  22. Duriel Moore

    Charles Stepney my god!He was The chairman of the boards.The j Dilla of his time.

    Kaizer-Man

    You're everywhere bro. Seen you on more than a few videos talking about Hip Hop. It's good fam

  23. Sky Blylevin

    so heavenly. minnie and charles are up where they belong.

  24. JonneyETV

    Where them gangstas at? Where them dimes at?

  25. Charlie Wiggins

    This whole album is my muse...... It takes me to a different world.

  26. jackie mccarter

    thank you for this song-it has got to be my all time favorite-been a fan of minnie's since the 70's-she was and still is my favorite singer-not one can touch the magic her brings! miss her alot.

  27. lyrics0000

    This song take a few listens to actually appreciate its lyricism. I dare say that the most beautiful part of the song occurs between 4:22 - 4:32 (the background 'LAs') and has to be the prettiest 10 seconds of music I've heard in a LONG time!

  28. eric2181965

    RIP Minnie & Charles One day we all will hear that beautiful voice and those heavenly arrangements in Heaven.

  29. RAWflava

    Real Live:Crime is money(1994)

  30. neworleans504fresh

    it mite b a stupid question but is that her whistling at the end?

  31. Nick Coley

    Wow! I consider this album to be her best work. It captures her beauty naturally without all of the hit making production of that time. This is a listener's dream. In Minnie's garden, one can be free from the ills that plague their minds. Thanks Minnie and Charles.

  32. osensei2987

    Bless your family! Your father brought happiness into the lives of so many of us. I suffer from heart disease myself. One day we will defeat the disease that took your father away and left this world a much poorer place. Cancer as well which took Minnie Ripperton from us. May God give us the wisdom to defeat these killers!

  33. iluvmyboba

    I loved this song from the moment I heard it for the first time back in 2000. Although, it was my Godbrother Paul who told me that Minnie was actually singing in the chorus: "Dance ballerina dance". I was totally clueless. Minnie could make a belch sound classy. Thank GOD there's only one Minnie Julia Riperton Rudolph.

  34. MsMerising

    "...no one could ever take your place..." Minnie.

    R.I.P. Minnie Riperton & the greatest producer/arranger of all time - Charles Stephney.

  35. Charlie Wright

    Many people aren't familiar with Charles Stepney. Therefore, the family has uploaded a video entitled Interrupted Greatness The Chares Stepney Story. It is a synopsis of the Stepney daughters lives with and without him. Check it out if you can.

    Thank you

  36. Marsena

    Minnie was a phenomenal artist, and this orchestra is off the chain!

  37. bboohhmmaann

    the arrangements are so divine it's unbelivable.

  38. lulvis

    WOW!!! Yo you just took me back to my underground days. Dude I got that somewhere in my tapes not the Ramsley Lewis joint but the Real Live joint from 96. 89 tech nine and 89.1 WNYU shows. Time to Dig into the shoe box for that tape

  39. Shizzlacher

    There was another version of this song recorded by Ramsey Lewis that Real Live sampled on "Crime Is Money" in '96.

  40. lulvis

    WOW NAS just took this beat in his last album. I love this song.

    Talking in the rain

    Kaizer-Man

    Lol. To think Hip Hop Is Dead was new at this time. So weird seeing 10 year old YT comments