#SLS ~ Rain? In SoCal?

Thanks to Jim Adams, for hosting Song Lyric Sunday. If you’re not familiar with Jim, why not head over, and have a look around. You’ll find more than just the fine print for this prompt.

The theme this week is Elevator Music. I struggled with this one. I found a few songs, but none of them seemed right. Then the weather changed and I knew what song I wanted to use. (Have you guessed from the title?)

The song was written by Albert Hammond and Mike Hazlewood. It was recorded by Albert Hammond, and released on October 21, 1972 in the United States. According to Wiki, the song peaked at number five on Billboard Hot 100.

That’s the original version of the song, but the theme is Elevator Music, so we’ll be listening to a Muzak version of the song. Lyrics are provided below since this is still Song Lyric Sunday, right?!

I present It Never Rains In [Southern] California performed by the Nick Perito Orchestra. Nicholas Perito was a composer, and the closest collaborator of Perry Como.

Nick Perito Orchestra ~ It Never Rains In California

Got on board a westbound 747
Didn’t think before deciding what to do
Oh, that talk of opportunities, TV breaks and movies
Rang true, sure rang true

Seems it never rains in southern California
Seems I’ve often heard that kind of talk before
It never rains in California
But girl, don’t they warn ya?
It pours, man, it pours

Out of work, I’m out of my head
Out of self respect, I’m out of bread
I’m underloved, I’m underfed
I wanna go home

It never rains in California
But girl, don’t they warn ya?
It pours, man, it pours

Will you tell the folks back home I nearly made it?
Had offers but don’t know which one to take
Please don’t tell ’em how you found me
Don’t tell ’em how you found me
Gimme a break, give me a break

Seems it never rains in southern California
Seems I’ve often heard that kind of talk before
It never rains in California
But girl, don’t they warn ya?
It pours, man, it pours


Wake up! An interesting theme this week. I learned a few things, and Mother Nature helped me pick a song. Do you have a favorite Elevator Music song? Do you know the name of the song most TV shows and movies use as standard Elevator Music?



18 thoughts on “#SLS ~ Rain? In SoCal?

  1. As far as elevator music goes, not the worst selection. MY mom, studiously unhip in the seventies, listened to a DC area radio station that played only elevator music (beautiful music, they called it). I’ve listened to my share. The summer before she died, my mother became obsessed with It’s a Heartache by Bonnie Tyler, So when I think of my mother and music, that, thankfully, is what comes to mind. But it’s hard to ignore the decade of elevator music we endured on the car radio. I wonder if your younger readers even get the significance of the name elevator music. If I wasn’t already working on a story, I’d probably join your prompt and write about my mom and It’s a Heartache. It brings back nice memories.

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    1. I was wondering the same thing about younger people. My “regulars” are all Gex X or late Boomers, so they should get it.

      You should write up the story. Sounds like it would be a good one. It doesn’t have to be today or even link to the prompt. Be a rebel! Break some rules!😉


  2. Totally gave me a giggle thinking of elevator music. 🎶. I really do like Perry Como though. 😄. Some of the younger set listen to a lot of lofi now which reminds me of “elevator music”, and they’re not even stuck in an elevator. 🤣

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    1. Lofi? I had to look it up.😆 I know what it means but I didn’t know it was a genre. Too funny! It’s pretty rare that anything really “new” comes along. I can’t remember the last time I heard music in an elevator.
      No one has guessed the song that is the classic “elevator music” song from all the movies.
      I think of the scene from Blues Brothers when EVERYONE is after them and they get in the elevator to go to the tax office to pay. 🤣🤣🤣 just a little music for the ride, perfectly normal🤣🤣

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        1. To be fair, I didn’t know the name until I did this prompt. I also didn’t realize that most movies and TV shows use the same song as THE elevator music.
          If no one has this piece of trivia stored in their brain, I’ll reveal😉

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  3. I would have had a hard time trying to figure out a song too. I know I have listened to my share of elevator music but would never know the name of any song. This song totally has a 70’s feel. Nice choice!

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