Friday, July 12, 2024




Creedence Clearwater Revival’s song “Have You Ever Seen the Rain,” with John Fogerty’s distinctive voice, captures the essence of heartache and frustration during times of change—a sentiment that resonates deeply with the experiences of Rotary members. The song begins with the lines, “Someone told me long ago there’s a calm before the storm / I know, it’s been comin’ for some time,” reflecting an awareness of impending change and the emotional turmoil accompanying it. This mirrors the challenges Rotary clubs face when encountering significant transitions or restructures.
John Fogerty’s description of the song in a 1993 Rolling Stone interview sheds light on its deeper meaning: “That song is really about the impending breakup. The imagery is, you can have a bright, beautiful, sunny day, and it can be raining at the same time,” he explained. This duality of experiencing joy and sorrow simultaneously parallels Rotary’s journey, where moments of accomplishment and celebration often coexist with farewells and departures.
In the song’s second verse, “Yesterday and days before, sun is cold, and rain is hard / I know, been that way for all my time,” there’s a contemplation of the ongoing cycle of change and renewal. This is akin to the Rotary experience, where members regularly adapt to new challenges and opportunities, understanding that change is a constant and integral part of growth and evolution.
The poignant aftermath of the song, marked by Tom Fogerty’s untimely passing shortly after its release, adds a layer of depth to its message. It serves as a reminder, especially to those familiar with music history, of the fleeting nature of life and the importance of embracing each moment. For Rotary, this translates into a call to action—a reminder that time is precious, and the organization is continually evolving, “breaking up” with the past to make way for new beginnings and opportunities for service.
John Fogerty’s message, interwoven with the legacy of Creedence Clearwater Revival, echoes through Rotary’s mission: to understand that life is short and full of unexpected turns. Embracing these changes, as the band did through their music, encourages Rotary members to appreciate the here and now and seize every opportunity to impact the world positively.

In this way, the song “Have You Ever Seen the Rain” becomes not just a reflection of a band’s journey but also a metaphor for Rotary’s continuous cycle of renewal, growth, and resilience.

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