Rain King

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"Rain King"
Single by Counting Crows
from the album August and Everything After
FormatCD single
GenreAlternative rock, jangle pop, roots rock
Songwriter(s)Steve Bowman, David Bryson, Adam Duritz, Charlie Gillingham, Matt Malley
Producer(s)T-Bone Burnett
Counting Crows singles chronology
"Einstein on the Beach (For an Eggman)"
"Rain King"
"A Murder of One"

"Rain King" is a single by the rock band Counting Crows. It was released as the band's fourth single (and third single from their debut album). The title is a reference to Saul Bellow's Henderson the Rain King.

Adam Duritz said, about this song: "I read this book in college when I was at Berkeley called “Henderson, the Rain King.” And the main character in the book was kind of this big, open-wound of a person, Eugene Henderson, he just sort of bled all over everyone around him. For better or for worse, full of joy, full of sorrow, he just made a mess of everything. And when I wrote the song years later, it didn’t really have anything to do with the book except the book had kind of become a totem for how I felt about creativity and writing–that it was just this thing where you just took everything inside of you and just sort of [funny noise] sprayed it all over everything, and not to worry too much about it. You try and craft it but not to be self-conscious about it, in any case. And, it’s sort of a song about everything that goes into writing, all the feelings, everything that makes you want to write, makes you want to maybe pick up a guitar and do it, and express yourself because it’s full of all the doubts and the fears about how I felt about my life at that time. And also the feeling that I really deserved something better than what I had accomplished up to that point. I think it *is* sort of a religious song about the sort of undefinable thing inside you or out there somewhere that makes you write, makes you create, makes you do any kind of art form, you know? And makes me the rain king, sort of."[citation needed]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Rain King" – 4:16
  2. "Anna Begins" (BBC Radio 1 Session 6 Apr 1994) – 5:30
  3. "Round Here" (BBC Radio 1 Session 6 Apr 1994) – 6:14


Chart (1994–1995) Peak
Canada Top Singles (RPM)[1] 18
Germany (Official German Charts)[2] 94
Poland (LP3)[3] 35
Scotland (Official Charts Company)[4] 33
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[5] 49
UK Rock and Metal (Official Charts Company)[6] 5
US Billboard Hot 100 Airplay 66
US Billboard Top 40 Mainstream 31


  1. ^ "Top RPM Singles: Issue 2585." RPM. Library and Archives Canada. Retrieved October 21, 2018.
  2. ^ "Offiziellecharts.de – Counting Crows – Rain King". GfK Entertainment Charts. Retrieved October 21, 2018.
  3. ^ "Notowanie nr657" (in Polish). LP3. September 16, 1994. Retrieved March 1, 2019.
  4. ^ "Official Scottish Singles Sales Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved October 21, 2018.
  5. ^ "Official Singles Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved October 21, 2018.
  6. ^ "Official Rock & Metal Singles Chart Top 40". Official Charts Company. Retrieved October 21, 2018.

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