Buckets of Rain

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"Buckets of Rain"
Song by Bob Dylan
from the album Blood on the Tracks
ReleasedJanuary 1975
RecordedSeptember 19, 1974 at A&R Recording in New York City
GenreFolk rock
Length3:22
LabelColumbia
Songwriter(s)Bob Dylan
Producer(s)Bob Dylan
Blood on the Tracks track listing

"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.[1]

Background[edit]

In the officially released studio recording, "Buckets of Rain" is played in the key of E major. There are only two instruments: acoustic guitar and bass guitar. The guitar is not in standard tuning; rather, it is in "Open E" tuning.

Lyrically, "Buckets of Rain" is relatively simple, with five short verses addressing a lover. Oliver Trager describes the song thus:

Closing an otherwise desperate album with a light reappraisal of commitment, "Buckets of Rain" is a final, Sinatra-like tip of the hat sung with the playfulness of an old Piedmont songster. Though Dylan seems to liken the relationship he describes here with the ferocity of a deluge, he plaintively sings to his love, describing in light, sensual brushstrokes why he still finds her special. (88)

Covers[edit]

"Buckets of Rain" has been covered by many musicians, including:

References[edit]

  1. ^ "More Blood, More Tracks – The Bootleg Series Vol. 14 to Be Released on November 2 | The Official Bob Dylan Site". www.bobdylan.com. Retrieved 2018-10-21.
  2. ^ Ian Z Richards (2015-02-20), John Mayer - Buckets of Rain (Bob Dylan) Cover 2015, retrieved 2017-12-04
  • Bob Dylan's official page. Retrieved 15 March 2006.
  • Cowe, Matt and Dick, Arthur. Acoustic Masters for Guitar. Wise Publications, 2004.
  • Trager, Oliver. Keys to the Rain: The Definitive Bob Dylan Encyclopedia. Billboard Books, 2004.

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