“Here Comes the Rain Again” is a 1983 song by British duo Eurythmics. It was written by group members Annie Lennox and David A. Stewart and produced by Stewart. The song was released on 12 January 1984 as the third single in the UK from the album Touch and in the United States as the first single. It became Eurythmics’ second Top 10 U.S. hit, peaking at number 4 on the Billboard Hot 100. “Here Comes the Rain Again” hit number eight in the UK Singles Chart, becoming their fifth consecutive Top 10 single in that country.
Stewart explained to Songfacts that creating a melancholy mood in his songs is something at which he excels. He said: “‘Here Comes the Rain Again’ is kind of a perfect one where it has a mixture of things, because I’m playing a b-minor, but then I change it to put a b-natural (sic – the song is in A minor) in, and so it kind of feels like that minor is suspended, or major. So it’s kind of a weird course. And of course that starts the whole song, and the whole song was about that undecided thing, like here comes depression, or here comes that downward spiral. But then it goes, ‘so talk to me like lovers do.’ It’s the wandering in and out of melancholy, a dark beauty that sort of is like the rose that’s when it’s darkest unfolding and bloodred just before the garden, dies. And capturing that in kind of oblique statements and sentiments.”
The string arrangements by Michael Kamen were performed by members of the British Philharmonic Orchestra. However, due to the limited space in the studio, the Church, the players had to improvise by recording their parts in other parts of the studio. The song was then mixed by blending the orchestral tracks on top of the original synthesized backing track.
During Eurythmics reunion “Peacetour” they performed an in-studio concert for the A&E Network in the U.S. Dave Stewart revealed that the lyrics to the song came into being after an argument between him and Lennox while they were doing some songwriting in New York City’s Columbus Hotel. The basic melody had already been written and Lennox looked out the window after their fight and noticed it was starting to rain. She announced, “Here comes the rain again.”
The running time for “Here Comes the Rain Again” is in actuality about five minutes long and was edited on the Touch album (fading out at approximately four-and-a-half minutes). Although it was edited even further for its single and video release, many U.S. radio stations played the full-length version of it. The entire five-minute version did not appear on any Eurythmics album until the U.S. edition of Greatest Hits in 1991.
In the UK, the single became Eurythmics’ fifth Top 10 hit, peaking at #8. It was the duo’s second top ten hit in the United States, peaking at #4 in March 1984.