Words & Music:
Seven lonely days
And a dozen towns ago
I reached out one night
And you were gone
Don't know why you'd run,
What you're running to or from
All I know is I want to bring you home
So I'm walking in the rain,
Thumbing for a ride
On this lonely Kentucky backroad
I've loved you much too long
And my love's too strong
To let you go, never knowing
What went wrong
Kentucky rain keeps pouring down
And up ahead's another town
That I'll go walking thru
With the rain in my shoes,
Searchin for you
In the cold Kentucky rain,
In the cold Kentucky rain
Showed your photograph
To some old gray bearded man
Sitting on a bench
Outside a gen'ral store
They said "Yes, she's been here"
But their memory wasn't clear
Was it yesterday,
No, wait the day before
So I fin'ly got a ride
With a preacher man who asked
"Where you bound on such a dark afternoon?"
As we drove on thru the rain
As he listened I explained
And he left me with a prayer
That I'd find you
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One of the best things Elvis ever did in any era. Powerful and dramatic, I was always shocked that it did not become even a bigger hit than it was. From the same sessions that brought us Suspicious Minds and In the Ghetto, it really is just as good as those classics, but never sold at the same level.
The first time I heard Kentucky Rain was in my grade 10 English class. the teacher did a module on ballads. The sound quality of the worn out 45 on the school's mono record player was such that I could not discern the lyrics. Fast forward to August 1977; Kentucky Rain was part of a 10-hour radio tribute. Kentucky Rain blew me away. I wore out a pre-recorded cassette copy of the Pure Gold album. Now, when I play Kentucky Rain on CD, I typically loop-I to play 10 times in a row.
5 stars! This song became an instant classic from the time it first hit the radio waves in January 1970.
Too bad that Elvis didn't continue to include it in his concerts past August of 1970.
A classic that I never get tired of hearing. Elvis' vocals are powerful and the backing musicians and singers are the best!
Just heard it on the radio! Quite a bit of activity around the dials for what would have been Elvis' 80th birthday.A song still sounds as good as it did when I first heard it.
One of the best and most dramatic performances Elvis ever gave. I will never understand why this one was not a top 5 hit or even a number one.
"Kentucky Rain" is one of the best songs, Elvis ever recorded, period. He and the band and the background singers and writer Eddie Rabbitt, all made magic with this song. I always see this song as a real good video in my mind.
A well thought through lyric and a great melody Elvis only had to add that voice and it was a winner
The Memphis sessions, weren't his "last great sessions", but it was Elvis Presley's most consistant of great material and great performances, since the "Elvis is back" and later the "How Great Thou Art" recording sessions. And, as suggested, I bet, "Kentucky Rain" would have charted higher if it had been released after "Suspicious Minds". Amazing RCA RECORDS, didn't try and pull more singles from the Memphis sessions, such as "Only the Strong Survive" and "Power of My Love" and "Wearin' that Loved on Look" & "Gentle on my Mind", "A little bit of Green" & "And the Grass won't pay no Mind" among a handful more. Honestly if RCA had worked the "memphis sessions", it could have been the first Mega selling album of all time.
I wonder if this had been the follow-up to S Minds if it would have charted higher. It certainly is a better song than Don't Cry Daddy which made the top 10, yet this did not. Maybe not commercial enough or maybe too country? Whatever, you cannot beat the vocal, the arrangement, etc. Those 1969 sessions were truly the last great sessions Elvis ever did.
It's strange that "some old gray bearded men" (not man), are sitting outside in the cold kentucky rain. Get inside before you all catch a cold! I love to sing and play this one on my guitar.
I remember hearing this song for the first time on radio, and it struck me at the time that he had suddenly become contemporary. I initially did not take to it that much, but it has grown on me throughout the years. It still sounds kind of modern. and is sung superbly by our boy to a fine arrangement - a deserved 5 stars.
This is such a stellar song and Elvis easily has the very best renditions of it. It's easily one of my most favorite songs that Elvis ever recorded. This is one of three songs that Elvis recorded that was written by Eddie Rabbitt.
One of the best recordings, that, Elvis ever recorded ! I never get tired of this song !
If I had to choose one Elvis song, this would be it. I can remember reading, I think in George Klein's book, how Priscilla came to American to listen to Elvis record and was blown away by the emotion he put into this song. The ending is the most powerful and urgent I've heard anyone sing--even including Bridge over Troubled Water and the gospel songs. When I listen to this song I can the cold rain pouring down and the slosh in my shoes. Few songs can do that.
Love this song so wish Elvis had not dropped it from his set list. Great lyrics delivered with conviction. Magnificent!!!
This was one of my all-time favourite records even BEFORE I became an Elvis fan, and one of only 3 Elvis singles that I owned at that stage ("Can't Help Falling in Love" and "Suspicious Minds" being the other two.) A perfect coming together of a fantastic singer and a marvellous song. Love it!!
A good LP track but a single release i'n not sure.The same goes for "It's Only Love". "Burning Love" was the single of the 70s.
An absolutely beautiful and amazing song/performance. One of my personal favorites. Maybe it wasn't as big a hit as it should have been because it's not quite mainstream... it's a little bit country, a lot adult contemporary...not exactly a ballad, certainly not a rocker. Definitely a pop song. Whatever it is exactly, I love it and think it is brilliant. (I bet if this had been released in 1975--the year Rhinestone Cowboy came out--it would have been a huge huge hit. It has that huge crossover sound to me, because it incorporates so much.)
One of my favorites! This is pure Elvis, even as a child I could feel the emotion in his vocals,bought Pure Gold album just for this song. Always wondered why it was on a budget album! Elvis deserves the recognition for his whole musical catalog! The man who started it all, such a shame people ignore such Classic performances. Elvis should have Alot of airplay on the radio! If it wasn't for him the crap they play day in and day out would never exsist!! TCB!!!
Here is a true classic! While not a huge hit, it did manage to hit #16 on Pop Chart (US) and it made the top 5 on the easy listening chart (#3) while earning a RIAA gold award. Elvis' singing is flawless, the arrangement is top notch and everything comes together for what is one of Elvis' best tracks ever. This should have been the lead song on a LP ("Pure Gold" in 1975 and being included on "50 Worldwide Gold Award Hits" in 1970 doesn't count). Of course, if the single had been released two years later, RCA would have shown even less respect by releasing it with it's flip side ("My Little Friend) and eight movie (or old LP) songs like they did "Burning Love" and "Separate Ways". An album in early 1970 (instead of "Let's Be Friends" and later "Almost In Love") with "Kentucky Rain", "My Little Friend", "Mama Liked The Roses", "Rubberneckin", "If I'm A Fool", "Who Am I", "Don't Cry Daddy", "I'll Be There", "Almost", "Let Us Pray" and maybe a couple of other older songs such as "Stay Away", "U.S. Male and/or "Clean Up Your Own Backyard" would have been much better than these songs being released sporadically on budget LP's.
Surprisingly progressive arrangment. Felton did a really good job on this one. Classic, mature performance by Elvis. A personal favouite.
An all time favourite of mine.His best of ' 69.
This is one of the best songs Elvis ever recorded. It's practically flawless! It's one of the songs that hooked me as a fan. This is great as is the live version from 1970.
A really good song though never one my favourites. Not commercial enough for a single I think but definitely the right kind of direction for Elvis to be exploring and his voice sounded fantastic on it as with all the American recordings.
Perhaps one of the best tracks to come out of the Memphis sessions. A sizable hit in the UK where it got a generous amount of airplay.
Recorded in Memphis from one my favorite, Elvis- Recording sessions. "Kentucky Rain" is one of the best songs, Elvis ever recorded! Its a True Classic, that charted, lower, than it should have. I believe it just missed the TOP 10. Sadly, it gets very Little "Radio Airplay" compared to the other Elvis songs.
my avsolute favourite song from those sessions. the mood, the dramatic, and Elvis Presleys feeling and artistry combined with a perfect comopsition yielded a true milestone in music. I love those rainy day songs like nothing else and it is just great he cut that one.
Kentucky Rain is like most of the songs from these sessions GREAT, even though it's 40 years old (older than me) i just lve it!!
I feel it was more of a strong LP cut than a single. This takes nothing away from this fine song & Elvis's interpertation is flawless. I just dont think it was commercial enough to become a huge hit.
One of the top songs from the Memphis '69 sessions. Should have been a much bigger hit than it was. My friend who lived in the South at the time, said it was constantly played on the country stations there, but not top 40 stations My area (NYC vicinity) hardly played it. Why? Great record & Eddie Rabiit was a truely good songwriter.
One of those fantastic singles that had sad enough not enough impact in those days. The warm and touching way Elvis conveys the lyrics is superb. Some of the live versions are as usual great as there is that intrinsic contact with the audience that gave it that extra impetus. Don't miss this one in your private catalogue!
This is underrated. But not by the fans. I think this is one of those songs that the fans love the most. I like it much more than "In The Ghetto" for example. I always liked the live versions too, a pity he didn´t do it more often.
A definite fave of mine. Very much underrated.
I love this Eddie Rabbitt song, the guy was a quality writer and performer.Elvis was really determined to shake of the shackles of all those years making movies, where he had no control of the songs that were put before him, by pools of songwriters with little or no ability. At long last he was given some input into the choice of material hence, Kentucky Rain
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