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Barbra Streisand Thinks It's Going to Rain Today: VIDEO


We're having an appropriate day in New York City for this song, and for this new lyric video, Barbra-approved and photographed, edited, and directed by Matt Amato. 

The track was recorded in September 1970 for Streisand's Stoney End album but it wasn’t used because she already had two other songs of his on the album. Randy Newman wrote the song and plays the piano on the track, and his voice can be heard at the beginning.


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  1. She sings it too stiff, too soulless, too brittle--kinda like the way Mitt Romney walks. Go with the Norah Jones version, or maybe Curtis Stigers.

    Posted by: Jason | Oct 2, 2012 2:10:41 PM

  2. @Jason thanks I must agree Norah Jones version is stunning!

    Posted by: Patrick | Oct 2, 2012 2:18:03 PM

  3. Or maybe we'll just ignore you Jason.

    Posted by: mike | Oct 2, 2012 2:18:23 PM

  4. Barbra at her peak. Stunning voice. Simple and beautiful.
    Sadly she didn't take care of her voice (even though she had it for decades) and today (I know she's 70) there isn't much left. With regular training she would sing so much better nowadays.

    Posted by: Matt26 | Oct 2, 2012 2:24:30 PM

  5. I'll always think of Beaches and Streisand when I hear this song.

    Posted by: Taiwandroo | Oct 2, 2012 2:25:15 PM

  6. Oops... make that Bette Midler.

    Posted by: Taiwandroo | Oct 2, 2012 2:26:24 PM

  7. Bette Midlers version from Beaches has been my fav version for years.

    Posted by: greg | Oct 2, 2012 2:33:23 PM

  8. I like the Barbra version but LOVE Bette Midler's version from Beaches. Bette's is stunning, one of my all time favorite records.

    Posted by: Ron | Oct 2, 2012 2:34:12 PM

  9. Nice find. Very jazzy, for Barbra.

    Posted by: Rich | Oct 2, 2012 2:42:49 PM

  10. This is not bad at all. I always liked Judy Collins version way back when. But it is really a Bette song!

    Posted by: stephen | Oct 2, 2012 3:08:46 PM

  11. Why wasn't it on her album "Wet"?

    Posted by: Anastasia Beaverhausen | Oct 2, 2012 3:11:12 PM

  12. Agree with Jason--Babs' interpretation here is as stiff (and hyper-articulated) as brand new pair of Levis, when what the song calls for is a pair of well-worn 501s, with slight fraying at the knees. She does hit a couple of beautiful tones, but overall she sounds like she had no idea where to go with this song.

    Posted by: Levi Skrauss | Oct 2, 2012 3:16:34 PM

  13. Love her voice. As noted earlier, Streisand said she had a trove of never released songs. I suspect we will see full albums with all unreleased songs. She is the only female singer to have a number one album in each of the last five decades and she'll want to push that to six decades using the unreleased material. She is simply incredible in my book.

    Posted by: OS2Guy | Oct 2, 2012 3:17:09 PM

  14. Babs knocks this song out of the park...i too love Bette Midler's version, but remember this is NOT a remastered version...i am sure if they had decided to release it back in the 70's it would have been made to sound perfect...after all BABS is a perfectionist...

    Posted by: mickey squires | Oct 2, 2012 3:17:27 PM

  15. Her voice and her sensibility is completely wrong for the song. It's like trying to play Dixieland on timpani.

    Posted by: White Girl Problems | Oct 2, 2012 3:23:01 PM

  16. My favorite version is Audra McDonald's. And here baritone Matthew Morris gives it the kind of shy, "i'm-nobody" performance i think Newman intended.
    Most performers sing about loneliness; the best ones sing the lonliness.
    The song is destined to be programmed alongside Schubert's and Wolf's in art song recitals.

    Posted by: eric | Oct 2, 2012 3:39:05 PM

  17. Matt26-sadly she didn't take care of her voice. As you stated she is 70. Give Babs a break.

    Posted by: John | Oct 2, 2012 3:42:12 PM

  18. Who cares whose is best? C'mon, this is gorgeous.

    Posted by: Michael in Toronto | Oct 2, 2012 3:45:26 PM

  19. My one prob with La Streisand is that she sometimes overdoes it, overplays the emotion. Not here. Short and sweet and simple.

    Posted by: Michael in Toronto | Oct 2, 2012 3:46:51 PM

  20. Thank God I have never listened to any other rendition.
    Barbra owns it! ;-P Like buttah!

    Posted by: Iban4yesu | Oct 2, 2012 3:53:29 PM

  21. "She didn't WANT to go down to the Stoney End. Somebody FORCED her."

    Posted by: David Ehrenstein | Oct 2, 2012 4:05:47 PM

  22. Nina Simone is my fave.

    Posted by: JD | Oct 2, 2012 4:17:32 PM

  23. Agree with JD, it's Nina Simone.

    Posted by: Joe in CT | Oct 2, 2012 4:36:06 PM

  24. Agree with JD, it's Nina Simone.

    Posted by: Joe in CT | Oct 2, 2012 4:36:14 PM

  25. Oh, gosh, it's so hard to pick between Nina, Norah, Babs, Bette, and Judy!

    Decisions, decisions!

    I just can't help but wonder what Liza or Judy G or Diana or even Madonna might have done with it, though.


    Posted by: Rick | Oct 2, 2012 4:54:51 PM

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