What do love and weather have to do with each other?

Quite a bit, it turns out. Forty-eight of The Beatles’ 308 songs mention some kind of weather, according to accuweather.com.

You can watch George Harrison, formerly of The Beatles, singing “Here Comes the Sun” here. You’ll quickly notice that the sunny weather is a metaphor for a relationship that is improving.

High School Writing Prompt -- Have you ever noticed how many songs use weather in their titles or in their lyrics? Often, this is a metaphor for a relationship or circumstance. Write your own song using the weather.When Joni Mitchell sang in the 1970s, “I really don’t know clouds at all” in her song “Both Sides, Now,” she wasn’t singing about clouds so much as using them as a metaphor about life and how she didn’t understand it.

Weather-related songs didn’t begin in the 1960s and ’70s. “Singing’ in the Rain” was written 1929 and became famous in the 1952 movie of the same name.

To this weather list, you can add Stevie Wonder’s “You Are the Sunshine of My Life,” Billy Currington’s “Swimmin’ in Sunshine,” the Muppets’ “Rainbow Connection,” and a whole host of other weather-related songs.

Now it’s your turn: Write a poem or song to describe your day or a happy or troubled relationship. Refer to the weather in some way to describe the day or the relationship.

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