It’s Raining Them?! Weather Girls’ smash hit ’80s classic is reworked for the woke generation to make it more inclusive
The Weather Girls
For the first time in history, it’s going to stop raining men… The Weather Girls’ 1982 disco hit has been given a woke makeover to use ‘more inclusive’ pronouns.
With the blessing of the song’s writer, Paul Shaffer, it has been updated to change ‘men’ to ‘them’.
The rewrite, released to mark World Pride month, aims to make everyone feel included and to celebrate non-binary and transgender artists.
It means the chorus to the karaoke favourite will become: ‘It’s raining them! Hallelujah! It’s raining them! Amen!’
And the classic lines ‘Tall, blonde, dark and lean/ Rough and tough and strong and mean’ have been replaced with ‘Cool, bold, strong and keen/Proud and loud and here and seen’. The reference to ‘mother nature’ being a ‘single woman’ has been changed to ‘they’re a single person’.
The line ‘So that each and every woman could find her perfect guy’ will be sung ‘So that each and every person could find their perfect type’.
The new version, released today, is by Mila Jam, an American transgender singer and gay rights activist, who said: ‘It’s an honour to perform It’s Raining Them’
The new version, released today, is by Mila Jam, an American transgender singer and gay rights activist, who said: ‘It’s an honour to perform It’s Raining Them.
‘For all artists in the LGBTQ+ community I believe the future is ours, it’s now, and we must shine.
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‘We haven’t always been in this position, so I think it’s important that we tell our stories and make some good out of it.
‘I really hope this record helps more of my siblings feel included. We’ve always been here, we aren’t going anywhere and we must continue to dance.’
To ensure the new lyrics are fully inclusive, the producers of It’s Raining Them worked alongside the charity Gendered Intelligence, which raises awareness of gender identity and aims to improve trans people’s quality of life.
Streaming service Deezer, which devised the new track, will donate all its streaming revenue from the song to the charity for a year.
Jay Stewart, chief executive of Gendered Intelligence, said: ‘Gendered Intelligence is thrilled to be working with Deezer and Mila Jam on It’s Raining Them.
‘Raising awareness of non-binary identities is so important. More and more people are recognising how vital it is to respect other people’s pronouns, including those who use ‘they/them’.’
He added: ‘It’s important that pop culture continuously evolves to encompass gender diversity and works hard to make everyone feel included and seen. We’re proud to be involved with this anthemic track and hope non-binary and other trans people will be playing it loud and proud, alongside everyone else.’
For those wishing to get absolutely soaking wet with the new version, the track is available to stream on Deezer from today, with a music video on YouTube.