"Little Black Rain Cloud"
is a song from the 1966 musical film
featurette Winnie the Pooh and the Honey Tree
. The song was also subsequently incorporated into the 1977 musical film
, The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh
which is an amalgamation of the three previous Winnie-the-Pooh
featurettes including "Honey Tree". In the song Winnie the Pooh comments about the on-screen actions where he is pretending to be a "Little Black Rain Cloud", as the title implies. It is Pooh's hope that the Honey Bees will not notice him as he approaches their ever coveted honey.
The song was written by Robert & Richard Sherman who have written most of the music for the Winnie-the-Pooh franchise over the years.
I'm just a Little Black Rain Cloud
Hovering under the honey tree
I'm only a Little Black Rain Cloud
Pay no attention to little me
In 1964 when the Sherman Brothers
were preparing to demonstrate the song for Walt Disney
, Robert Sherman
reminded his brother Richard
that Disney was from the midwest and that he didn't pronounce the word, "hover" like Californians
would. Instead he would pronounce it more like, "hoovering". This is how a midwesterner
would say it. As Richard played the piano and sang, he repeatedly stumbled over the lyric, unable to get past the second line of the song. After a few tries Disney reportedly said, "Why don't you just tell us about it, Dick