The Rainmaker

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In “The Rainmaker” I play my first villain. The character has enough money to buy elections, politicians and policy for his own personal and corporate gain, so he does.

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The Rainmaker c. 2014 Sidney S. Whelan

I bought a senator; they come real cheap
But before you say he's a soulless creep.
Let me explain.

He's my truest friend, a friend indeed
'Cause he knows I can fulfill his every need.
Come sun or come rain.

Now you say friendship’s something I can't buy
But you mis-speak, either that or you lie.
And that I do disdain.

‘Cause I’m the Rainmaker, Rainmaker
You’d better believe.
Rainmaker, Rainmaker
It’s rainin’ green.

Your kind of friend has no permanency,
One day you two will disagree
And he's on the next train.

Your kind of friend got his own opinion
On everything from my taxes to my guns
He is such a pain.

Now my lil' senator, he does what I like,
So we don't never fuss nor fight
Do I make myself plain?


‘Cause I’m the Rainmaker, Rainmaker
You’d better believe.
Rainmaker, Rainmaker
It works for me.
‘Cause I’m the Rainmaker, Rainmaker
You’d better believe.
Rainmaker, Rainmaker
It’s rainin’ green.

So I pay my friends, compensate them well
And they'll stick with me through heaven or hell,
We all got somethin’ to gain.

So let stick this flag into my lapel
It pays to look like a patriot when you got somethin' to sell
Well let me go make some rain.

Cause I'm the rain maker.
Rainmaker, you better believe.
Rainmaker, Rainmaker
It’s rainin’ green.
‘Cause I’m the Rainmaker, Rainmaker
You’d better believe.
Rainmaker, Rainmaker
It works for me.

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credits

from The Story of Ike Dupree, track released December 22, 2014
Vocals: Sid Whelan, Capathia Jenkins, Robbi Hall Kumalo, Darryl Tookes
Winds:
Trombone: Fred Wesley
Trumpet: Eleazar Shafer
Saxophones: Phillip Whack, Michael Lee Breaux
Rhythm:
Drums: Richard Huntley
Percussion: Mark Manczuck
Bass: Marco Panascia
Organ: Jerry Z
Guitars: Sid Whelan

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Whelan New York, New York

Sid Whelan is a veteran guitarist who for many years backed singers in world music acts. Recently he returned for songwriting inspiration to his love of American music pre-1960: the blues and country, folk, bluegrass, Tin Pan Alley, Broadway and jazz. He has begun a songwriting project with those influences in mind, tackling often difficult themes of contemporary American life for his lyrics. ... more

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