The song came and went
Like the times that we spent
Hiding out from the rain under the carnival tent
I laughed and she’d smile
It would last for awhile
You don’t know what you’ve got
Till you lose it all again

Listen to the mandolin rain
Listen to the music on the lake
Oh, listen to my heart break
Every time she runs away

Listen to the banjo wind
A sad song drifting low
Listen to the tears as they roll
Roll down my face as she turns to go

A cool evening dance
Listenin' to the bluegrass band
Takes the chill from the air
Until they play the last song
The bluegrass band
Listen to the bluegrass band

I’ll do my time
Keeping you off my mind
But there’s moments that I find
I’m not feeling so strong

Listen to the mandolin rain
Listen to the music on the lake
Listen to my heart break
Every time she runs away

Listen to the banjo wind
A sad song drifting low
Listen to the tears as they roll
As she turns to go
Down my face as she turns to go

Runnin' down by the lakeshore
She did love the sound of a summer storm
Played on the lake like a mandolin
Now it’s washing her away
Washing her away once, once again

The boat’s steaming in
I watch the sidewheel spin
And I think about her when I hear that whistle blow
I can’t change my mind
I knew all the time that she’d go
But that’s a choice I made long ago

Listen to the mandolin rain
Listen to the music on the lake
Listen to my heart break
Every time she runs away

Listen to the banjo wind
A sad song drifting low
Listen to the tears roll as they roll
Roll down my face as she turns to go
As she turns to go
Down my face as she turns to go

Listen to the tears roll down my face
As she turns, as she turns to go
As she turns to go, as she turns to go
As she turns to go
That would be something
Listen to the rain
Listen to the mandolin rain