Oh, no, don’t let the rain come down,
Oh, no, don’t let the rain come down.
My roof has a hole in it, and I might drown.”
I was standing outside the UUCS Sanctuary watching the rain pouring off the sanctuary roof. Protected by an umbrella, I was singing rather loudly and probably a bit off key, but the church campus was closed so I wasn’t worried about anyone hearing me.
But then Diane, UUCS Grounds Chair (and my wife), came along, umbrella in hand and joined me under the sanctuary canopy. “I heard some strange noises, so I came to investigate. Now I can see that the strange noises are coming from you. What on earth are you singing?” she asked.
“It’s a sixties song, sung by the Serendipity Singers and it seems very appropriate.”
[Editor's note: see video below]
“And just why is it ‘appropriate’? And if you are going to sing, why not ‘Singing in the Rain’?” asked Diane. [see video below]
“Ed Loomis, UUCS Buildings Chair told me that recently we have had to have the roof repaired several times and, in the process, discovered a hole in the roof. Thus, ‘my roof has a hole in it’ seemed appropriate.”
“Not exactly the cause for celebration. Is everything safe inside? What about the piano?” Diane wondered.
“Yes, everything is okay, mostly just a few puddles, but every time we get a heavy rain, we have to make sure that the floor gets mopped up and the piano is protected. The sanctuary is scheduled for re-roofing in 2024 but I am guessing that we may have to do it much sooner.”
“Ugh. Do we have the money to do it or will we have to do a go-fund-me campaign?”
“We do in fact have the money put aside in our reserves. I am the church treasurer, and I know these things.”
Diane flashed me a look that said, ‘big deal’. “And you remembered that little ditty that you were singing? From fifty-five years ago?”
“Absolutely,” I answered,
Diane grinned. “Well then to quote a 1950 song, ‘baby you’re much older than I’”.
[video of "Dearie" found through the help of editor's college friend, Gary Alexander]
I quickly folded my umbrella and walked out to the car. I know when to “hold em” and when to “fold em”.
[Yes, folks, there's a video for this song, too.]