I Wish It Would Rain

Date Recorded: 
1967
Track #: 
3
Single Catalog #: 
G 7068
Single Release Date: 
12/21/1967
Time: 
2.45

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More so than a number of other Motown songs, there is real sentiment and pain behind the song's words. Lyricist Penzabene had just found out his wife was cheating on him with another man. Unable to deal with the pain and unable to stop loving his wife, Penzabene expressed his pain in the lyrics of this song and its follow-up on the Temptations' release schedule, "I Could Never Love Another (After Loving You)". The distraught Penzabene committed suicide on New Year's Eve 1967, a week after the single's release.