The Meaning and Origin of the Expression: Rain On Your Parade

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The phrase don’t rain on my parade means to mention bad news or spoil someone’s fun; ruining a good time or giving negative information to someone who is otherwise happy.

This expression often appears as “I hate to rain on your parade, but…” and “I’m sorry to rain on your parade, but…”

The expression is believed to have originated from a popular 1960’s song titled Don’t Rain On My Parade from the musical Funny Girl. The song was written by Bob Merrill and composed by Jule Styne. There are no known instances of this term appearing anywhere in print prior to the 1964 song.

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Funny Girl – Don-t Rain On My Parade – Broadway Musical

Some people argue that the phrase was in use before the 1964 Barbara Streisand song, but again, there is no recorded evidence of this to prove their argument.


“Not to rain on your parade, but Karen is sick and won’t be able to attend your party after all.”

“I don’t want to rain on your parade and spoil the end of the movie, but Kirk moves to Seattle and is never heard from again.”

Friend 1… “I can’t wait to go out on your boat to swim this weekend. The lake is going to be absolutely amazing.”
Friend 2… “Sorry to rain on your parade, but my dad hates the water and doesn’t let us swim. We only use the boat for fishing.”


Aliyah P

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  1. Rosemary Waugh

    No known instances? No known research! G.K. Chesterton died in1936, and he wrote, “and when it rains on your parade, look up rather than down.”

    1. Brian Douglas

      Hello Rosemary. Thank you for bringing this up. We see lots of instances online that say G.K. Chesterton originated this phrase, but could not find any that give a date or in what book or other writing he used these words. Wikipedia also says it is often misattributed to him. ( If you have more information on when and where this was used by Chesterton, please let us know.

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