"The Rain in Spain" is a song featured in the 1964 film My Fair Lady with music written by Frederick Loewe and lyrics by Alan Jay Lerner. As a turning point in the plotline of the film, Professor Henry Higgins (Rex Harrison) and Colonel Hugh Pickering (Wilfrid Hyde-White) have been drilling Eliza Doolittle (Audrey Hepburn) incessantly with speech exercises, trying to break her Cockney accent speech pattern. With the three of them nearly exhausted, Eliza finally "gets it", and recites the sentence with all "proper" long-As. The trio breaks into song, repeating this key phrase as well as singing other exercises correctly, such as "In Hertford, Hereford, and Hampshire, hurricanes hardly happen", in which Eliza had failed before by dropping the leading 'H'.

Lyrics

Servants:
Poor Professor Higgins!
Poor Professor Higgins!
Night and day
He slaves away!
Oh, poor Professor Higgins!
All day long
On his feet
Up and down
Until he's numb;
Doesn't rest
Doesn't eat
Doesn't touch a crumb!
Poor Professor Higgins!
Poor Professor Higgins!
On he plods
Against all odds;
Oh, poor Professor Higgins!
Nine p.m
Ten p.m
On through midnight ev'ry night
One a.m
Two a.m
Three...!
Quit, Professor Higgins!
Quit, Professor Higgins!
Hear our plea
Or payday we
Will quit, Professor Higgins!
Ay not I, O not Ow
Pounding pounding in our brain
Ay not I, O not Ow
Don't say "Rine," say "Rain"...

Eliza:
The rain in Spain stays mainly in the plain!

Higgins:
By George, she's got it! By George, she's got it!
Now, once again where does it rain?

Eliza:
On the plain!
On the plain!

Higgins:
And where's that soggy plain?

Eliza:
In Spain! In Spain!

Higgins, Eliza, Pickering:
The rain in Spain stays mainly in the plain!
The rain in Spain stays mainly in the plain!

Higgins:
In Hartford, Hereford, and Hampshire...?

Eliza:
Hurricanes hardly happen
How kind of you to let me come!

Higgins:
Now once again, where does it rain?

Eliza:
On the plain! On the plain!

Higgins:
And where's that blasted plain?

Eliza:
In Spain! In Spain!

Higgins, Eliza, Pickering:
The rain in Spain stays mainly in the plain!
The rain in Spain stays mainly in the plain!

Wikipedia
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Media
My Fair Lady (Soundtrack/Video)
Characters
Eliza Doolittle | Professor Henry Higgins | Alfred P. Doolittle | Freddy Eynsford-Hill | Colonel Hugh Pickering | Mrs. Pearce | Mrs. Higgins | Mrs. Eynsford-Hill | Zoltan Karpathy
Songs
Why Can't The English? | Wouldn't It Be Loverly? | I'm an Ordinary Man | With A Little Bit Of Luck | Just You Wait | The Rain in Spain | I Could Have Danced All Night | Ascot Gavotte | On the Street Where You Live | You Did It | Show Me | Get Me To The Church On Time | A Hymn to Him | Without You | I've Grown Accustomed To Her Face
Locations
London | England | United Kingdom | Lisson Grove | Covent Garden
See also
Warner Bros. | Paramount Pictures | CBS
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