Buckets of Rain

Bob Dylan

About Buckets of Rain

"Buckets of Rain" is a song by Bob Dylan, recorded on September 19, 1974 in New York City and released in 1975 on Dylan's critically acclaimed album Blood on the Tracks. A September 18, 1974 outtake of the song was released in 2018 on the single-CD and 2-LP versions of The Bootleg Series Vol. 14: More Blood, More Tracks, with the complete recording sessions released on the deluxe edition of that album.


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Buckets of rain
Buckets of tears
Got all them buckets comin' out of my ears
Buckets of moonbeams in my hand
You got all the love
Honey baby, I can stand

I've been meek
And hard like an oak
I've seen pretty people disappear like smoke
Friends will arrive, friends will disappear
If you want me
Honey baby, I'll be here

I like your smile
And your fingertips
Like the way that you move your hips
I like the cool way you look at me
Everything about you is bringing me misery

Little red wagon
Little red bike
I ain't no monkey but I know what I like
I like the way you love me strong and slow
I'm takin' you with me
Honey baby, when I go

Life is sad
Life is a bust
All ya can do is do what you must
You do what you must do and ya do it well
I'll do it for you
Honey baby, can't you tell?

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Bob Dylan

Bob Dylan ( /ˈdɪlən/; born Robert Allen Zimmerman; May 24, 1941) is an American singer-songwriter, musician, author, poet and artist. He has been an influential figure in popular music and culture for more than five decades. Much of his most celebrated work dates from the 1960s when he was an informal chronicler and a seemingly reluctant figurehead of social unrest. A number of Dylan's early songs, such as "Blowin' in the Wind" and "The Times They Are a-Changin'", became anthems for the US civil rights and anti-war movements. Leaving his initial base in the culture of folk music behind, Dylan's six-minute single "Like a Rolling Stone" has been described as radically altering the parameters of popular music in … more »

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Written by: BOB DYLAN

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11 facts about this song

Album Appearance
"Buckets of Rain" is the closing track on Bob Dylan's 15th studio album, "Blood on the Tracks", which was released in 1975.
Song Length
The song lasts for 3 minutes and 22 seconds.
Musical Style
Characterized by its fingerpicked acoustic guitar, the soft and melodic tune stands in contrast to some of Dylan's better-known, protest-oriented tracks.
Tuning Technique
Dylan uses an Open-E tuning on the song which is a tradition in folk blues music and helps to create its distinctive, mournful sound.
Album Success
The "Blood on the Tracks" album was a significant arrival in Dylan's career, seeing him return to critical favor. It reached no.1 on the Billboard 200 charts in 1975.
Song Significance
"Buckets of Rain" showcases Dylan's talent for evoking powerful emotions through simple arrangements and lyrics.
Cover Versions
The song has been covered by multiple artists, most notably by Bette Midler on her 1976 album, "Songs for the New Depression", which included Dylan himself on guitar.
Though Dylan later claimed the album, and consequently "Buckets of Rain", wasn't autobiographical, many fans and critics consider it to be reflecting his own painful relationship breakdown.
As with many Dylan songs, the lyrics are open to interpretation, though they strike a balance between heartfelt sentiment and world-weariness.
Song Performance
Dylan still performed "Buckets of Rain" live during his "Never Ending Tour," showing its endearing quality and importance in his repertoire.
"Buckets of Rain" has only grown in esteem over time, with many considering it amongst Dylan's best and most emotionally resonant songs.

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