"And I miss you, like the deserts miss the rain..."

"And I miss you, like the deserts miss the rain..."

I had this song stuck in my head for a while, and it got me thinking...
A desert is called a desert because it doesn't rain there. Take for example the driest desert in the world, "Atacama Desert'" in South America. It hasn't had any significant rain fall in over 300 years.
Now I'm not here to give you a geography lesson...

The line "And I miss you like the deserts miss the rain", from the song Missing by the British band Everything But The Girl, doesn't make sense. How can you miss something you never had?! If it doesn't rain in the deserts, then the deserts don't know what rain is (assuming you're talking about deserts as a thing that can experience feelings and emotions, as implied in the song line above), therefore the desert will not miss the rain!

Maybe the song line should go like this "And I miss you like the forests miss the rain"....

Now that doesn't make any sense either! Since it does rain in forests, and will continue to rain in forests as long as there are trees due to the hydrologic cycle (now I sound like a biology textbook!), the forests will not miss the rain.

So I guess the line should stay as it is, and just enjoy the song...

*By the way, I was bored (as if you didn't already guess =P)


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