All I Needed Was the Rain

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Words & Music: Sid Wayne/ Ben Weisman
Hello misfortune, how's my old friend "Mr. Misery"?
I've been away so long I bet you think you saw the last of me
Got no bed, to rest my head
No doors or walls or window pane
Now all I needed was the rain
rain, rain, rain, rain

Met a little honey at the "Buzzin' Bumble Bee Cafe"
Yes I did
One drink and all my money and that honey bee had flown away
I'm 'bout as low, as I can go
I don't really mean to complain
Now all I needed was the rain
rain, rain...rain..rain

All I needed was this rain...
All I needed was the rain...um..um.....
Recorded: 1967/10/01, first released on Flaming Star

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Uncle Scooby (profilecontact) wrote on Dec 7, 2013report abuse
What a great tune and I only discovered it a few weeks ago while watching 'Stay Away Joe.' The song fits the scene perfectly. Glad I finally watched the movie!
ElvisSacramento (profilecontact) wrote on Aug 2, 2013report abuse
I've always liked this bluesy song and it's one of many hundreds of very little known gems that Elvis recorded.
Natha (profilecontact) wrote on Jul 31, 2013report abuse
Sometimes I wonder while listening to this song: would that bluesy power be strengthened or weakened by a longer version. It it such a wonderful song that I rewind and play it again. Yet it is that capture of the moment that intrigues most. And what to say about his unique voice. It's the high class combination that makes it stick to the mind.
sugartummy (profilecontact) wrote on Feb 22, 2013report abuse
Elvis could sing the blues like no one else; great harmonica from Charlie McCoy who played several instruments on Elvis records (and Bob Dylans for that matter).
Gorse (profilecontact) wrote on Jan 31, 2013report abuse
A top notch movie song with a great blues feel that has only one drawback, which is that it should have been at least a minute longer.
Lpool kid (profilecontact) wrote on Oct 10, 2011report abuse
really like this song elvis's vocal captures the mood of the song it really is atmospheric.4 stars
KingKreole (profilecontact) wrote on Apr 8, 2010report abuse
A very cool bluesy acoustic track with nice harmonica and a great vocal by the King. Now and then the movies tried a blues-type track and this might be the best of them (Hard Luck is the other one I immediately think of, probably because of the harmonica). I also wish it was longer, and I really wish they had not put all those dogs in the scene with him. The dogs always remind me of the scene in Paradise Hawaiian Style in the helicopter when he sings "A Dog's Life." And this is far superior. This is a great little song.
shoesuedeblues (profilecontact) wrote on Apr 7, 2010report abuse
Never liked the song on the Flaming Star album until I saw the movie clip much later. The song fits in well with the scene where there is plenty of humour from Elvis and his doggie chums.
Great Dane (profilecontact) wrote on Apr 7, 2010report abuse
Always liked this one.
Pedro Nuno (profilecontact) wrote on Apr 7, 2010report abuse
I like it. And we can find a 3 minutes long version in You Tube, that makes it very enjoyable.
Deke Rivers 6 (profilecontact) wrote on Apr 7, 2010report abuse
Good song,better than most of the 60s film songs.
Deano1 (profilecontact) wrote on Feb 21, 2010report abuse
A real bluesy feel to this one that other movie songs like "City By Night" never quite captures. This song is from the movie "Stay Away Joe" and another song similar to "Stay Away" as it was treated like a secondary track. When in fact, these two songs were far better than any of the "Double Trouble" tracks and in another league when compared to the soundtracks of "Kissin' Cousins", "Paradise, Hawaiian Style" and "Harum Scarum".
Ruthie (profilecontact) wrote on Dec 13, 2008report abuse
I have heard2 versions. The 1st version I really love. He seemed to have a lot of feeling in this particular reording. On the 2nd recording I pi tured a typical recording session at that time. I am not disappointed!
JerryNodak (profilecontact) wrote on Dec 12, 2008report abuse
It's short. It's a movie song written to fit a particular scene (which it does perfectly). There weren't many "long" movie songs. Most ran 2 to 2 and half minutes (some shorter). The idea was sing the song, advance the action and move on. I really like this song.
adiels (profilecontact) wrote on Dec 12, 2008report abuse
I actually like this song. There's great mood in it, but a little bit strange for a movie song. A forgotten and underrated song that deserves better.
Aaron Spicer (profilecontact) wrote on Dec 12, 2008report abuse
Elvis at his sublime best! Deserves to be better known. It's not a filler as it has too much class: bluesy and understated.
bastiaanvinke (profilecontact) wrote on Dec 12, 2008report abuse
Way too short but still a nice song. One of the better moviesongs.
Steve V (profilecontact) wrote on Dec 12, 2008report abuse
I like it. Blusey eerie. Very strange song but sung very well. Wish it was longer.
luciano77 (profilecontact) wrote on Dec 12, 2008report abuse
I always loved the song.. don't know why.. maybe coz english is not my motherlanguage. so as a kid in the past( still I am a kid LOL) I loved almost every elvis song.
old shep (profilecontact) wrote on Dec 12, 2008report abuse
I remember buying the Flaming Star album the first album of Elvis on a budget label in the UK. This particular track was never a favourite and after a recent play I still don't like the song. As Lex pointed out it is a strange song errie even
sitdown68 (profilecontact) wrote on Dec 12, 2008report abuse
I was quite attracted to it when I first heard it on what was the albums name? Flaming Star? One of these Camdens...It's a quite unusual tune (from Stay Away Joe?) or let's say: a nice filler, still better than Dominique...
Lex (profilecontact) wrote on May 7, 2008report abuse
This strange songs always grabs me and keeps on wandering through my head for hours.

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