Words: Johnny Burke; Music: Arthur Johnston (1936)

Lyrics

Every time it rains,
It rains pennies from heaven.
Don’t you know each cloud
Contains pennies from heaven?
You’ll find your fortune’s
Falling all over town:
Be sure that you umbrella
Is upside down.

Trade them for a package
Of sunshine and flowers –
If you want the things you love,
You must have showers.
So when you hear it thunder,
Don’t run under a tree:
There’ll be pennies from heaven
For you and me.

Background

“Pennies from Heaven” was introduced by Bing Crosby in the 1936 film of the same name. It has since become a standard, performed by the likes of Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin, and many other jazz and popular singers.

Performances

A great recording: Frank Sinatra with the Count Basie Orchestra.

And here is the Sing-A-long version for listening to and downloading:

Pennies from Heaven