Buckets of Rain

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"Buckets of Rain"
Song by Bob Dylan from the album Blood on the Tracks
Released January 1975
Recorded September 19, 1974 at A&R Recording in New York City
Genre Folk rock
Length 3:22
Label Columbia
Writer(s) Bob Dylan
Producer(s) Bob Dylan
Blood on the Tracks track listing

"Buckets of Rain" is a song written by Bob Dylan, released in 1975 on his critically acclaimed album Blood on the Tracks.

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)

Lyrics are bright yet heartbroken:

Like your smile and your fingertips

Like the way that you move your lips.

I like the cool way you look at me.

Everything about you is bringing me misery.


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


  • 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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