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The Beatles — Rain
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Released: 1969
Length: 2:54
Plays (last 30 days): 1
If the rain comes
They run and hide their heads
They might as well be dead
If the rain comes
If the rain comes

When the sun shines
They slip into the shade
(When the sun shines down)
And sip their lemonade
(When the sun shines down)
When the sun shines
When the sun shines

Rain, I don't mind
Shine, the weather's fine

I can show you
That when it starts to rain
(When the rain comes down)
Everything's the same
(When the rain comes down)
I can show you
I can show you

Rain, I don't mind
Shine, the weather's fine

Can you hear me?
That when it rains and shines
(When it rains and shines)
It's just a state of mind
(When it rains and shines)
Can you hear me?
Can you hear me?

Sdeah reiht edih dna nur yeht
Semoc niar eht fi
(Rain)
Niar
(Rain)
Senihs nus
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Another Beatles song that I will hit the next button on
One of the greatest songs ever done by the Beatles for its combination of forward thinking sounds, for its place in time and for its evocative lyrics.
My favorite Beatles song...  
Ringo at his best, Paul's amazing bass line, premium guitaring, great vocal harmony,  innovative and 
lyrically powerful with a profound message. 
Perfection
Certainly when the acid first kicked in for them which was much earlier than '69. :)
1969 release?? i thought this was more like 1966. Certainly recorded then. There's a video even and looks like 1966.
Later, in 1980, Lennon claimed:

I got home from the studio and I was stoned out of my mind on marijuana and, as I usually do, I listened to what I'd recorded that day. Somehow I got it on backwards and I sat there, transfixed, with the earphones on, with a big hash joint. I ran in the next day and said, 'I know what to do with it, I know ... Listen to this!' So I made them all play it backwards. The fade is me actually singing backwards with the guitars going backwards. [Singing backwards] Sharethsmnowthsmeaness ... [Laughter] That one was the gift of God, of Jah, actually, the god of marijuana, right? So Jah gave me that one.[20]

Source:  Rain (Beatles song)
Yeah! about time too, eh Bill!  mj- Nevada City.
Must have been 11 when I first heard this.

Nice drumming.
the very first record I ever bought....
 I can shoooooow you   alexpohlenz wrote:
And de Beatles, again, and again, and again!!!

 


 rpdevotee wrote:
Absolutely love this song!
This was probably the first song of the new avant-garde era in Beatles music when they transitioned out of pop and cover songs into their own unique style.  Innovative and creative, Rain showcases the band's true talent beyond any other good band of the time—lyrically, musically.  Very complex.  First use of backward music (at the end).  Paul's bass line is really incredible and Ringo's drums are really great, not to mention the awesome vocal harmony that they had already mastered together.

 
And it debuted on Ed Sullivan, as many of their songs did.
Sounds just splendid in my work headphones. I wish playing this louder would/could send some rain to the parched forests of British Columbia. We could use some RAIN now. Until then, we dance!
This record never leaves my jukebox.
Not only did the track feature the "famous" backward-lyrics, the backgroud sound is also very interesting. During the recording of the song’s backing track the tape speed was increased. John wanted “Rain” to have an exaggerated slow and heavy sound. So by having the tape run faster during recording and then played back at normal speed, the desired effect of a plodding and lethargic rhythm was achieved.
Awesome song.  One of their first to use the backwards masking lyrics.  I don't remember if it was this song in particular but I remember John talking about coming home one night and putting the studio tape on backwards by mistake.  "I'm sitting there with a big hash joint going what the hell is this?"
Their best. Still sounds fresh. A gem from John. Paul's bass playing on this ain't bad either. Great effort all around.
Absolutely love this song!
This was probably the first song of the new avant-garde era in Beatles music when they transitioned out of pop and cover songs into their own unique style.  Innovative and creative, Rain showcases the band's true talent beyond any other good band of the time—lyrically, musically.  Very complex.  First use of backward music (at the end).  Paul's bass line is really incredible and Ringo's drums are really great, not to mention the awesome vocal harmony that they had already mastered together.
 boontonite wrote:
One of Ringo's finest moments!

 
Another was the drum solo in Love Me Do.   {#Laughing}
Never was much of a Beatles fan, but always liked this one. Echoes of a ... psychedelic youth ...
Ne m" a jamais quitté depuis 1970
You can really tell if the balance on your speakers is off with this one.
 markybx wrote:
Wow, I never heard this one before.
I think I can hear some of what influenced Oasis in here.

 
Ha ha.....youngsters {#Rolleyes}
Wow, I never heard this one before.
I think I can hear some of what influenced Oasis in here.
One of Ringo's finest moments!
 Dna nur yeht
 Gods decry.
Man what a song that stands the test of time.  50 years old and still rocks the house.
{#Music} 
 Graham_Milner wrote:

i don't think it was on  of the original Beatles albums so is one of the best but lesser known songs.
it was released as the 'flip side' of the vinyl 45 single Paperback Writer 

 
In the U.S. it was on the "Hey Jude" album, which was more-or-less a compilation of singles and B-sides which were not on any previous studio albums.
As a dopey kid in the 60's I found the song lyrics in the Chicago Tribune and memorized them. Why?! Cause I could!
I gave it a 10 because 11 wasn't available
And de Beatles, again, and again, and again!!!
Saw Robyn Hitchcock do this live many years ago and I started laughing uncontrollably when he sang the backwards parts.
 kojiroh wrote:
Why haven't I ever heard this one before!?

 
i don't think it was on  of the original Beatles albums so is one of the best but lesser known songs.
it was released as the 'flip side' of the vinyl 45 single Paperback Writer 
 moodfood wrote:
love Sir Paul's truly awesome and trail blazing bass lines.. {#Cheers}

 
You said it. He is a masterful musician and his work on this track is outstanding.

I have never liked this song


 ShaunJ wrote:
Too funny {#Biggrin}
 

Thank you, ShaunJ... hope life is grand for you right this minute...

everybody in my alien space craft loves this Lennon song... we be dancing cross-eyed buck ass naked and jiggling organs like Willy Shakes...



 
love Sir Paul's truly awesome and trail blazing bass lines.. {#Cheers}
One of the really good ones.  I play this in class whenever it's raining ... corny, I know. 
Crisp sound of Rickenbacker guitar and Ringo's drums catch my ears every time!! {#Music}
 vanmas wrote:
Nice album cover... and also my rating... 1.

 
.... you forgot to add a zero - 10
I never get tired of this.
One of the best Beatles songs ever...
First use of backwards recording, amazing bass line and harmony.
This was the launch point into future Beatles experimental music  
Nice album cover... and also my rating... 1.
 Lazarus wrote:

Everybody in my mushrooming multitude of churches be dancing buck ass naked all over the world like bowlegged gypsy muleskinners...  love this song...  love sex, drugs, and rock 'n roll... 

 
Too funny {#Biggrin}

Everybody in my mushrooming multitude of churches be dancing buck ass naked all over the world like bowlegged gypsy muleskinners...  love this song...  love sex, drugs, and rock 'n roll... 
 big stud Romeo Tuma wrote:


This poem uses elemental imagery to describe how "it's just a state of mind" that really matters— the attitude with which you see things that you cannot affect, like the weather, is what really counts for your good state of mind...  and the music rocks...  this may be my number one favorite song of all time...  it is a contender for sure...

"Rain" was first released in June, 1966, as the B-side of "Paperback Writer", which is another contender for my all-time fave... I think that is the best 45 ever released...
 

Love this song...
 
It's rained all day today and the woods here are soggy!     {#Hungry}
Why haven't I ever heard this one before!?


THIS SONG IS SOOOO GOOD IT MAKES US TEAR OUR CLOTHES OFF AND DANCE!!!!

Thank you, John Lennon...  miss you...
 

 kcar wrote:

Well...not quite live on Sullivan, if you're referring to this . Those songs were definitely pre-recorded. Pretty fun, though. Didn't know that Paul had chipped his tooth...

 
Yes, by then they were not doing very many live performances, and the Sullivan Show had fewer and fewer rock acts performing 'live' by that time.  The Beatles simply submitted the films to the network.
This is my favourite Beatles song as well.

Transports me straight back to the 70's listening to my brother's record collection {#Yes} 
This is my favourite Beatles single track - flipside of 'Paperback Writer' if my memory is correct from buying the single as a teenager when it was first released. Paul's great base playing and Ringo's great drumming.
All Paul's base are belong to us?
I don't know what it is about this song... I loved it the minute it came out. Maybe it's Paul's Base. or John's Vocals... It just has always been my #1 Beatle song from the begining... Thanks for playing...
 rdo wrote:


I concur.  This is my favorite Beatles song, and one of my favorite songs of all.
 
Yes, this song is incredible...  love it...
 
They were not the only band experimenting with the recording studio in 1966 but.......they were the only one that was already the most popular band on the planet when they started doing so.  They opened up the doors to so many.
 romeotuma wrote:


This poem uses elemental imagery to describe how "it's just a state of mind" that really matters— the attitude with which you see things that you cannot affect, like the weather, is what really counts for your good state of mind...  and the music rocks...  this may be my number one favorite song of all time...  it is a contender for sure...

"Rain" was first released in June, 1966, as the B-side of "Paperback Writer", which is another contender for my all-time fave... I think that is the best 45 ever released...

 

I concur.  This is my favorite Beatles song, and one of my favorite songs of all.
 crnkan wrote:

Paul and Ringo are great on this song!

 
Yes, one of Ringo's best bits here.


Absolutely profound elemental imagery—  this song is one of the best of all time... great lyrics; great music...

we miss you, John...


 
 rpdevotee wrote:
This was the first use of backwards music by the Beatles and began the trend of unconventional music.  They performed this song on the Ed Sullivan Show.

Amazing!
 
 
Well...not quite live on Sullivan, if you're referring to this . Those songs were definitely pre-recorded. Pretty fun, though. Didn't know that Paul had chipped his tooth...


Everybody in my hotel room loves this song...
 
I guess I'm in a minority here.  This is not one of my faves of theirs.  I still like it.  Just not as much as many here.

This is one of the best songs in all infinity...  love it!!!!
 They were and are without equal...... all the more amazing as a humble b side to Paperback Writer.
 xtalman wrote:
We finally got some this weekend!!!!!!!{#Dancingbanana}
 
how many is that ?



love it...


This was the first use of backwards music by the Beatles and began the trend of unconventional music.  They performed this song on the Ed Sullivan Show.

Amazing!
 


This could be the second best song recorded in the history of humanity...  the only song that is better is Imagine...

this song relies on the elemental imagery of true poetry... and it rocks...  love it...

 

We finally got some this weekend!!!!!!!{#Dancingbanana}

My favorite Beatles tune.


The sound is special indeed because the tapes were actually played a bit faster than normal while recording. Played at normal speeds this is what made this special 'sloopy' sound, it's what you hear with the bass and drums. So even the bass was being played faster (and higher)

 AphidA wrote:
play this, i'm only sleeping, tomorrow never knows, and all the other psychedelic beatles tunes on an endless loop and it'd make a fairly decent radio station.
 
I assume you are engaging in hyperbole.  As great as this, and those other songs are - hearing them once a day is more than enough.

Love the "lead'' bass guitar!

 peter_james_bond wrote:
Found it!

11 Button
 
Oh, man, thanks!  11 it is!

Hey, this bands pretty good.
 tulfan wrote:
Perfection
 

Yes, this is one of my all-time favorite songs...  it rocks, and it is soooo profound...  love it love it love it...


Watch the 1964 live concert footage at Apple site. Amazing
Perfection
 shutter wrote:
Where's the damn 11 button!!!!???
 
Found it!

11 Button
 

rates up there with my favorites of always...I can show youuu {#Umbrella}{#Daisy}
unbephuckinlievable


This poem uses elemental imagery to describe how "it's just a state of mind" that really matters— the attitude with which you see things that you cannot affect, like the weather, is what really counts for your good state of mind...  and the music rocks...  this may be my number one favorite song of all time...  it is a contender for sure...

"Rain" was first released in June, 1966, as the B-side of "Paperback Writer", which is another contender for my all-time fave... I think that is the best 45 ever released...



Where's the damn 11 button!!!!???


This song is brilliant use of elemental imagery..  love it...


 romeotuma wrote:
Well-said, whole-heartedly AGREE!

This is one of my all-time most favorite songs...  I mean it...  in the top 10 songs of infinity to me...  we miss you, John...  the weather's fine...

 




This is one of my all-time most favorite songs...  I mean it...  in the top 10 songs of infinity to me...  we miss you, John...  the weather's fine...



 crnkan wrote:

Paul and Ringo are great on this song!


 

John sings—  they're all great!  This song rocks...


Paul and Ringo are great on this song!


I think Harrison shines in this one!{#Bananajam}
Hey, is this Oasis?
 j7 wrote:
Romeotuma says it all.......{#Arrowd}
 

Thank you!  This is one of my all-time favorite songs...  I hope you are having a marvelous new year!


Romeotuma says it all.......{#Arrowd}


This song is absolutely awesome!!!!  (We hear you, Johnny...)




This song is soooo good for the ears...




We got the volume turned up all the way... we be singing...  love it... this is one of my all-time favorite songs...


Love this!
Gonna have to build an ark if any more rain comes down here!



Oh, yessss...  one of my all-time favorite songs...  from the Hey Jude album...  awesome...  let's see how loud we can turn up this volume...


 pinklife wrote:

Not to mention "It's A Beautiful Day"...although I think listening to "Girl With No Eyes" on acid would be way too freaky.

 
NO DOO DOO!!!  OR BOMBAY CALLING!!!! B U T  RAIN IS STILL NOT ON THIS CD

{#Moon}GREAT SONG.....NOT ON THIS CD....DUH!!!!!{#Nyah}............BILL????  WTW...HOW DID YA LET THAT BOO BOO SLIP BY??{#Stupid}

Really memorable bass
 highwindows wrote:
Possibly Ringo's finest "hour"!!


  
Ringo was once quoted in Musician that he had no idea how he came up with his part on "Rain," and was pretty sure he could never do it again. Takes some kind of guts to admit that, eh?

play this, i'm only sleeping, tomorrow never knows, and all the other psychedelic beatles tunes on an endless loop and it'd make a fairly decent radio station.
 toterola wrote:

Uhhhhhhh... don't get me wrong. I love me some Beatles. Even the soft stuff. But The Beatles definitely did not start the "Psychedelic Era".

That distinction would lie with two earlier partakers of the "sacrament", The Holy Modal Rounders and The Thirteenth Floor Elevators. But, just like Elvis in the '50s, The Beatles took a good idea and improved on it. As did The Jefferson Airplane, The Grateful Dead, Quicksilver, Moby Grape, Country Joe, and a few others.  Good times! {#Meditate}
 
Not to mention "It's A Beautiful Day"...although I think listening to "Girl With No Eyes" on acid would be way too freaky.

 dinsdale50 wrote:
This song is just an example of the genius that The Beatles showed they were way beyond anyone else in 1966. The base and the drums were excellent, and the backword lyrics at the end of the song made the psychedelic era begin
 
Uhhhhhhh... don't get me wrong. I love me some Beatles. Even the soft stuff. But The Beatles definitely did not start the "Psychedelic Era".

That distinction would lie with two earlier partakers of the "sacrament", The Holy Modal Rounders and The Thirteenth Floor Elevators. But, just like Elvis in the '50s, The Beatles took a good idea and improved on it. As did The Jefferson Airplane, The Grateful Dead, Quicksilver, Moby Grape, Country Joe, and a few others.  Good times! {#Meditate}
l like your beatles..
they sound like oasis...


Love it!!!!


Here's Ringo rubbing it in again, twice in one day, reminding all of us naysayers how wrong we were about his talent as a drummer. {#Lol}
This song is just an example of the genius that The Beatles showed they were way beyond anyone else in 1966. The base and the drums were excellent, and the backword lyrics at the end of the song made the psychedelic era begin
{#Cool}
 DoctorHooey wrote:
I know the drums are the big news in this tune but I always LOVED the bass part.
 
Agree—perhaps the most astonishing performance ever by a rhythm section. As a—pretty bad—bass player, I can tell, when you heard this one the first time, sorta like John Entwhistle's on "My Generation," you simply stopped and listened. Ringo's playing speaks for itself.



And this may be the first rock song with any of the music on it recorded backwards...




"Rain" is one of my favorite songs...  this is one of John Lennon's many great songs...  and Paul tears that bass up...


 buddy wrote:

See my previous post just below. It was a B-side single to Paperback Writer in 1966.
 

Yes, 1966 (!). try and picture this coming out of your tinny FM. Yeah it was "out there"
I know the drums are the big news in this tune but I always LOVED the bass part.

This is great! It's raining here in Mississippi.


firerytrigon wrote:
The four most over-rated scousers (actually people in general come to think of it) of all time ....... again ........ ho hum! :yawn:
Yeah, you're soooo right. They didn't have any musical visions at all, couldn't write lyrics, or music for the lyrics. There must have been millions of earless people back in the late sixties and early seventies who just liked the "look" of four lads from Liverpool. I see you didn't have ears until 1972. The year they broke up. Hmmmmmmmm !!!! Coincidence. :shhh:
Lets hope your getting some in Paradise to qwelch those fires!! We've actually got some here in Phx
In the summer of 1984, my friend Yak and I were tripping on acid and sitting in his car outside a tavern in the early hours of the morning. Suddenly a young man (older than us at the time) jumped in the back seat and began telling us stories. One of the things he said was that "Rain" was an analogy of a nuclear blast. "When the rain (radioactive fallout) comes, they'll run and hide their heads (of state), they might as well be dead... When the sun shines (the initial blast), they'll slip into the shade (remember the shadows burned into the pavement of the people evaporated at Hiroshima?)." Sipping lemonade is where his anlogy breaks down. But the idea of John Lennon contemplating nuclear war? Yeah, I know. Just crazy talk.