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Monsoon Stories 2020: 'Monsoon Song'

By Lauren Gilger, Amanda Luberto
Published: Thursday, September 3, 2020 - 2:38pm
Updated: Thursday, September 10, 2020 - 12:44pm

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Raquel Denis
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Raquel Denis

We’re just getting a glimpse of the powerful monsoon storms in Arizona this blisteringly hot summer. So, as we wait for more, let’s turn to the next edition of our annual Monsoon Series here on The Show.

This year, we’re bringing you a curated collection of works on the monsoons. We reached out to some of Arizona’s brightest creatives to bring you their visions of this only-in-Arizona time of year.

We continue today with Raquel Denis. She is a poet, songwriter and a Tiny Desert Concert alumnus. The monsoon season gives her a sense of place and even some fear. But as she grew, her connection with the storms grew too.

We asked her to write a song about that connection, and The Show’s Lauren Gilger talked with her about it.

'Monsoon Song' by Raquel Denis

The rain will come
To put us in our place
The dust from which we came

The rain has come
We don't stand a chance
We're running from the land

The rain is warm
On my arm
It runs the mud red red blood

The clay, the life, oh my god
The clay, the life, oh my god

The time has never been so long without
I want, I love the sound
Without, I love, I miss the falling sound

The rain it knows exactly what we need
A storm, a dust of all the things
A storm, a dust of all the things

We're the last ones to stand against the storm
We're the stubborn, the desert, we're the thorn

It knows the need
A storm of everything
The rain knows the need
A storm of everything

It knows the need
A storm of everything

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