Only the Rain Knows Why

from by Mike Vial



A mysterious song of longing and regret, featuring a salvation army styled drum track, a walking bass line and staccato guitar part; a James Taylor after shots of espresso.

Written: summer 2007
Guitar notes: standard tuning


“Only the Rain Knows Why”

I think it’s time to close our tab tonight
To find a cab and ride
Through green and red lights
Should we turn left or was I right or wrong
To say I don’t belong
In this room that’s like a picture frame
I should be locked outside
In the rain in the night
That could wash all our tears away
I only wanted to be liked
Only wanted to be liked by you
Only planned on saying goodnight
There’s beauty in a lie
And only the rain knows why I lied.

Written: summer 2007
Guitar notes: standard tuning


from Burning the Boats, released September 25, 2010
Produced by Michael Chambers and Dan Achen @ Catherine North Studios, Hamilton, Ontario in 2010
Mike Vial: guitars and vocals
Michael Chambers: bass
Nick Skalkos: drums and percussion


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Mike Vial Ann Arbor, Michigan

Mike Vial is a singer-songwriter from Michigan. He drinks too much coffee, plays Heritage and Taylor guitars, teaches guitar lessons at Dixboro Guitar, and tries to take his dog for two walks every day between a busy gig schedule, and his baby's nap schedule. ... more

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