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Featured on their 1970 album Pendulum, Creedence Clearwater Revival’s “Have You Ever Seen the Rain?” has been described by John Fogerty as “an attempt to explore the inevitability of self-sabotage,” a response to the tensions rising within the band and imminent departure of guitarist Tom Fogerty. It’s been reinterpreted and reimagined in a million and one ways throughout the years, but our favorite cover comes from Colorado rockers The Fray, who covered the song and birthed a rendition that can only be described as brilliant beyond belief.
In an era plagued by autotune and hollow, disingenuous performances meant to satisfy for the moment instead of soothing the soul, The Fray’s interpretation of “Have You Ever Seen the Rain?” brings the magic of music meant to last a lifetime to a brand new generation, reminding them what music should sound like and better yet, what it should make you feel – which, after hearing this incredibly faithful, incredibly honest take on one of rock’s most loved songs, is everything.
Fun Fact: “Have You Ever Seen the Rain?” charted highest in Canada, reaching number one on the RPM 100 national singles chart in March 1971.
It’s not everyday that a band can serve up a cover that competes on an even playing field with its well-renowned masterpiece of an original without taking anything away from it or its success, but that’s exactly what The Fray did, forever remaining a stellar example as to how covers should be approached: truthfully, fearlessly, and respectfully.