Rejected Alternatives to Roy Batty’s “Tears in Rain”

“I’ve seen things you people wouldn’t believe. Attack ships on fire off the shoulder of Orion. I watched C-beams glitter in the dark near the Tannhäuser Gate. All those moments will be lost in time, like…”

Roy Batty (Rutger Hauer), near the conclusion of Blade Runner (1982)

“…like doves in rain.” [releases dove]

“…like sweat dripping from a brow… into a river… flowing into the ocean.”

“…like the realization that, after all, life is what’s been happening to you while you made other plans.”

“…like heartfelt words whispered in a vacuum… the vacuum of space.”

“…like dancing when nobody’s watching, or loving like you’ve never been hurt.”

“…like dust blown from the pages of a dusty tome.”

“…like dust in the wind, man.”

“…like tears, blown dry by the wind.”

“…like tears in a bucket of tears.”

Sean Gill is a writer and filmmaker who has studied with Werner Herzog, documented public defenders for National Geographic, bounced for Public Enemy and Jefferson Starship (not at the same time), and played a rock star for Martin Scorsese (for the pilot of Vinyl). Other recent work has been published or is forthcoming in The Iowa Review, McSweeney’s Internet Tendency, Hobart, and Barrelhouse.

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