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Neko Case — Buckets of Rain
Album: Sweetheart 2005
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Released: 2005
Length: 3:19
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Buckets of rain
Buckets of tears
Got all them buckets comin' out of my ears
Buckets of moonbeams in my hand
I got all the love, honey baby
You can stand

I been meek
And hard like an oak
I seen pretty people disappear like smoke
Friends will arrive, friends will disappear
If you want me, honey baby
I'll be here

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

Little red wagon
Little red bike
I ain't no monkey but I know what I like
I like the way you love me strong and slow
I'm takin' you with me, honey baby
When I go

Life is sad
Life is a bust
All ya can do is do what you must
You do what you must do and ya do it well
I'll do it for you, honey baby
Can't you tell?
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 dublanica wrote:
Sometimes I just gotta ask, why remake perfection?
This is one of those times.
 
If you have a problem with artists covering others' good tunes... then you've got a lot of problems.
 dublanica wrote:
Sometimes I just gotta ask, why remake perfection?
This is one of those times.
 
I gotta ask: Why not?  She likes the song and she's been performing it for years.   This recording was for a compilation album of recording artists' favorite love songs.  Do you really think Dylan objects to people covering his material?  There have only been several thousand recordings of his tunes done by other artists; this song alone has probably been covered by about 20 artists.  Anyhow, "perfection" is still a matter of opinion.
Sometimes I just gotta ask, why remake perfection?
This is one of those times.
A little honky tonk, a little country... love it Neko, and BillG!!!
 LemonadeLucy66 wrote:
Exact same set just now !

exact same set just played...three years later...imagine!
 

 lemmoth wrote:
4 in a row from the minds of the two greatest poets in rock and roll history - apologies to Leanord Cohen
Neko Case — Buckets of Rain 
 

exact same set just played...three years later...imagine!
 aaronm wrote:
Between her solo songs, the New Pornographers songs, and her random collaborations with other artists, I feel like Radio Paradise is about 10% Neko Case by volume. (This is not a complaint.)
 
I could listen to Neko for eight hours straight.  I know because I have.  Makes sitting in the back of a jet on a long flight almost tolerable.

MORE NEKO!
Neko is great but this is lightweight.  Gimme Dylan every time.
Hey grammar cop,

You got that right. 
Little red wagon, little red bike
I ain't no monkey but I know what I like

 Yup. Nobel Prize stuff right there. 
Between her solo songs, the New Pornographers songs, and her random collaborations with other artists, I feel like Radio Paradise is about 10% Neko Case by volume. (This is not a complaint.)
 Bleyfusz wrote:
Absolutely ennobles the original.

 
{#Yes}


Absolutely ennobles the original.
Love, love, love this cover.

(and I love Neko too {#Hearteyes} )
 
Say... that's nice!
4 in a row from the minds of the two greatest poets in rock and roll history - apologies to Leanord Cohen
Neko Case — Buckets of Rain 
Only thing good about this track is that it is relatively short.
I love Bob Dylan, I love Neko Case (when not doing overtly country music). 
I don't love Neko Case doing this cover, though. 

In fact I positively dislike the combination, I hate to say it, but I do.
I heard this song covered by Guy Davis in a grungy bar at 3 in the afternoon when the sunrays made everything look scuzzy and infested with the sweat, body fluids and detritus of the city's humanity.
Consequently, I'm rather partial to Neko's upbeat version 
I am not a fan of Sweethearts, and their voices, but this girl has a very good voice!
Yea for Dylan covers
 
 Typesbad wrote:
Since distance and anonymity keeps me safe from your hurled objects, let me state that Dylan exists to be covered.  Not to say I don't like his originals, such as the one following this song on this day.  But Dylan's lyrics and melodies have always extended beyond his performance ability, and filling that gap come performers whose particular approach ironically "covers" the material more organically.  Not always, but often.

That said, I'm really not crazy about the piano solo in this one. 

 
the only thing that makes Dylan listenable is he tells a good story. So, naturally nearly everyone sings better than he does, though i have heard covers that lack the feeling of the story. 6 of one, half doz. of the other i guess
 Lazarus wrote:
Everybody in my alien space craft loves this beautiful cover originally from Bob Dylan's album Blood On The Tracks...

I want Neko Case to have my baby... 

 
I want to be Neko's baby. I was assuming immaculate conception though.
Everybody in my alien space craft loves this beautiful cover originally from Bob Dylan's album Blood On The Tracks...

I want Neko Case to have my baby... 

whenever I see this cover art from the corner of my eye I think of this:

 

I hope it was intentional.  
Since distance and anonymity keeps me safe from your hurled objects, let me state that Dylan exists to be covered.  Not to say I don't like his originals, such as the one following this song on this day.  But Dylan's lyrics and melodies have always extended beyond his performance ability, and filling that gap come performers whose particular approach ironically "covers" the material more organically.  Not always, but often.

That said, I'm really not crazy about the piano solo in this one. 
This song again?
 oldfart48 wrote:


indeed, without bob there would be no real music....

 
Shenanigans! 
 richlister wrote:
You know, I've always wondered what the most annoying sound in the world would be. Thanks to this Dylan-Neko Case combo, I now know. Thanks Bill.

/goes off to smash speakers.

//realises after smashing speakers, there is a PSD button, says bugger.

 
Wow.  I guess since you just smashed your speakers you won't be posting any longer.  
 
You know, I've always wondered what the most annoying sound in the world would be. Thanks to this Dylan-Neko Case combo, I now know. Thanks Bill.

/goes off to smash speakers.

//realises after smashing speakers, there is a PSD button, says bugger.
Thought it was Dylan for a minute. Thanks God it isn't, but it's just as shit.
 MojoJojo wrote:
Seeing her tonight at the Vogue in Broad Ripple. Woot!

Hope she plays this one and has me come on stage to harmonize!  

 

Man, that sounds great compared to my scheduled crappy Friday night.  Hopefully, she'll sing Misfire from "The Virginian".
Seeing her tonight in Ann Arbor!
Seeing her tonight at the Vogue in Broad Ripple. Woot!

Hope she plays this one and has me come on stage to harmonize!  
Neko's great! Best version of this song I've heard. :-)
that piano is as delightfully out of tune as Neko.
Indeed...Neko is the antidote to this song. It's the only way I can enjoy Bob Dylan. 
 music_man wrote:

Wow, just wow.  I can understand people who can't take Dylan's voice.  I happen to love Dylan's singing...warts and all.  But to say the man shouldn't publish??

 

indeed, without bob there would be no real music....
sure do like her voice....

marvelous...  sigh...  
Sounding very sweet tonight.  8.
Neko Case is a delight live, and down-to-earth. I have great memories of seeing her at Club Congress in Tucson, Ariz., before she made it big. Even though she moved away and slammed the city a little bit in the New York Times, we still miss her!
Bob Dylan wrote a great many songs others made famous.  He's a true genius.
Twirlin' in the kitchen. Do what you must do and do it well. Solid 8.
Nice lyrics.

Everybody in my church loves this beautiful cover originally from Bob Dylan's album Blood On The Tracks...
 
boy, yeah. i mean, i can about guarantee that neko did not cover this song because she heard it one day and said "ew, i can do that so much better". rather, i think she is paying beautiful tribute to a wonderful song by bob.
 bpkengor wrote:

guys with nasal voices like Dylan & Newman & Waits should not even be allow to record, much less publish.    We need more voices like Karen Carpenter & Celine Dion...
 
Wow, just wow.  I can understand people who can't take Dylan's voice.  I happen to love Dylan's singing...warts and all.  But to say the man shouldn't publish??
Give me Dylan any day. Celine Dion makes me wish I was on the Titanic.
 bpkengor wrote:

guys with nasal voices like Dylan & Newman & Waits should not even be allow to record, much less publish.    We need more voices like Karen Carpenter & Celine Dion...
 
Dude!  Where did you escape from?
 mikec09 wrote:

Neko Case vs. Bob Dylan?  I'll take Dylan's side any day, all day, dude!

Especially when it comes to listenability over the long haul . . .

No disrespect, bpkengor (people in glass houses shouldn't throw around witty moniker critiques) but I'm guessing you're in the camp of folks who don't like singers such as Randy Newman or Tom Waits because they are not necessarily the "usual" sound/tonality.

Give me singers like them any day. 

And btw . . . I'm not in the "only the original writer's version is good" camp . . . for ex., I like the Jose Feliciano version of "Light My Fire" better than the Doors . . . much more listenable over the years.

But anyway . . . nice to discuss music with you, dude! 
 
guys with nasal voices like Dylan & Newman & Waits should not even be allow to record, much less publish.    We need more voices like Karen Carpenter & Celine Dion...
 bpkengor wrote:

sorry mikec09 (what an unusual moniker?),  you're wrong.    This is very much a dramatic improvement on the dreary original version by a very overrated singer/songwriter.  And I use the term "singer/songwriter" very loosely!    More like a professional blackboard scratcher ...
 
Neko Case vs. Bob Dylan?  I'll take Dylan's side any day, all day, dude!

Especially when it comes to listenability over the long haul . . .

No disrespect, bpkengor (people in glass houses shouldn't throw around witty moniker critiques) but I'm guessing you're in the camp of folks who don't like singers such as Randy Newman or Tom Waits because they are not necessarily the "usual" sound/tonality.

Give me singers like them any day. 

And btw . . . I'm not in the "only the original writer's version is good" camp . . . for ex., I like the Jose Feliciano version of "Light My Fire" better than the Doors . . . much more listenable over the years.

But anyway . . . nice to discuss music with you, dude! 
 mikec09 wrote:
Ouch . . . sorry Neko Case fans . . . this is dramatically not an improvement on Bob Dylan's version.  Oy!
 
sorry mikec09 (what an unusual moniker?),  you're wrong.    This is very much a dramatic improvement on the dreary original version by a very overrated singer/songwriter.  And I use the term "singer/songwriter" very loosely!    More like a professional blackboard scratcher ...
Ouch . . . sorry Neko Case fans . . . this is dramatically not an improvement on Bob Dylan's version.  Oy!
It's pretty good so I gave it a 6.  Dylan's original is better.
 Gregorama wrote:
Not everyone can do Justice to a Dylan cover, but I think she does it quite well.
 
Yes agreed but depends on the listener but having said that they would make an interesting duet.
This version of Dylan's song would segue with George Harrison's version of Dylan's "If Not For You" very nicely.
alright, I give in: just bumped it to 10.
 chelsiaann wrote:
I love Neko, but Dylan does this better.
 
You need medication and FAST !!! {#Drunk} {#Beat}
Not everyone can do Justice to a Dylan cover, but I think she does it quite well.
I love Neko, but Dylan does this better.
I agree with Dylan comments... My view is a bit more sexist... A guy's take on the words is different from a woman's... same words, different meaning...  her version wouldn't be added to the soundtrack of "Wonder Boys"...
{#Daisy}
 vanmas wrote:
Nice done... But Dylan take's the lead!
One of the most covered artists...
I like the originals more!
 
Me too.  Except for "All along the Watchtower."   Hendrix transformed that tune.
Nice done... But Dylan take's the lead!
One of the most covered artists...
I like the originals more!
Makes one think, which Dylan cover is better - this or Sinead Lohen's To Ramona?
Neko sang this on "Austin City Limits" and that recording is far superior. It's even more stripped down than this and it just sparkles.
Great song...for little country swing....yee haw.
@ toterola, yah a fine woman, she could sing anything to me.. but not this one. FILLER.
 archrrone wrote:

I much prefer this to Bob (sorry Bob)...

 
I agree...and I'm so NOT sorry Bob! It's the only way I can like a Bob Dylan tune....better still having NC singing it.
 fatcatjb wrote:
holee molee that is some red hot slide guitar

then Neko sings...wow, do I need a cigarette or what? 
 
Yeah, that was cool, but what gives with that wierd piano bridge (out of tune, intentionally?). And, maybe, kick the nicotine and just fire up a doobie instead.
Wendy Bucklew did a great cover of this.  Neko... not so much.
I just love her, great song.
If it's OK with all y'all, I'm just going to pretend she's singing this to me ....
The front page of this group's website is OLD and sooooooooooooooooo wrong......

This song is soooo good for the ears...


 
ACH, missed sweet Neko by a hair!
So sweet.
Nice version of the outstanding original from Bob Dylan!

I much prefer this to Bob (sorry Bob)...



Wonderful...  love it...


 


Everybody in my hotel room loves this song...


 
holee molee that is some red hot slide guitar

then Neko sings...wow, do I need a cigarette or what? 


Great slide...  love this song...

 

 beccab wrote:
More Dylan covers!  I would love to hear a set of Dylan songs covered by various artists - fun to hear how others interpret his work.
 
For your consideration: 

https://dylancoveralbums.com/

Enjoy!  
A nice little gift.  Thank You
More Dylan covers!  I would love to hear a set of Dylan songs covered by various artists - fun to hear how others interpret his work.
Bob's voice and inflection adds so much to the words.  They have been scrubbed clean here.
 helgigermany wrote:
not bad!
 


Yes, this is a cool song...  love it...



 mapman wrote:
OK, nice voice but I'll stick with Dylan's original version.
 
Love Neko Case, but this is not her best work in my view. I also prefer Dyaln's original - much more weight to it. This is a bit throwaway for my liking, unlike her own material.

 calypsus_1 wrote:

Neko Case by ~b4refo0tmu5ic
 
Damn, she's gorgeous!!! {#Hearteyes}


 denmom wrote:
{#No}
 
Agreed.
OK, nice voice but I'll stick with Dylan's original version.
 PA1749 wrote:
Love it. Would love it more without the piano...
 
Oh yeah. Ditch the piano. Sounds like they grabbed someone off the street without auditioning them first.
Check out the Redbird version, too.

Most if not all of the songs on Blood on the Tracks can be played in DADF#AD tuning.
I just love the back up vocals in all her songs.
{#No}
Love it. Would love it more without the piano...
Yup! my kine!
not bad!
Very surprising indeed. I'm liking Neko's songs more and more...

8
Very nice! I didn't know she did this one!

Here is the cover art for this album...

 DaMoGan wrote:

And the perfect song to enjoy over a beer past the end of the workday (EST). {#Cheers}
 
And to get the day moving
How does Bill know it's raining here? And it DID rain buckets last night.
 Paxus wrote:
aww! perfect song for the end of the workday (PST)
 
And the perfect song to enjoy over a beer past the end of the workday (EST). {#Cheers}
aww! perfect song for the end of the workday (PST)

Neko Case by ~b4refo0tmu5ic
I love Dylan, and I love Neko. What could be better?  Neko's live version from Austin.  Her voice brings me to my knees.
I love Neko... channeling Patsy Kline here.  I can listen to her sing all day long.
 Delawhere wrote:
Not painful, but I think Neko is better at being herself. It's easy to take away from Bob, adding something is a different... Jerry added some nice stuff to Tangled Up.
  Wow - I thought just the opposite.  Neko kind of lost me on the last album - Tonight I heard this -and I had to see who was covering the song that I didn't think the writer did justice.  I'm liking Neko again.

Turned up loud.  Rear speakers carrying the dreamy echo. Sweet. 
Not painful, but I think Neko is better at being herself. It's easy to take away from Bob, adding something is a different... Jerry added some nice stuff to Tangled Up.
Neko is always great to listen to. {#Yes}
 I like this. It makes me feel good.
I think its' her voice. 
Awesome....  Love the piano solo!
awe shucks...
any version of any Dylan tune where you are spared Bob's torturous vocals, is an improvement
Joan Baez's version isn't to bad either..
not bad... but nowhere near as good as Dylan.


 BlueHeronDruid wrote:
I can tolerate this.
 

yes...just.