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Counting Crows — Rain King
Album: August and Everything After
Avg rating:
6.7

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Total ratings: 1518









Released: 1993
Length: 4:08
Plays (last 30 days): 1
When I think of heaven, deliver me in a black-winged bird,
I think of flying, down into a sea of pins and feathers,
And all other instruments of faith and sex and God,
In the belly of a black-winged bird, don't try to feed me,
'Cause I've been here before and I deserve a little more.

I belong in the service of the Queen,
I belong anywhere but in between,
She's been crying , I've been thinking,
And I am the Rain King.

Well I said, mama, mama, mama,
Why am I so alone? well I can't go outside,
I'm scared I might not make it home,
But I'm alive, I'm alive, but I'm sinking in,
If there's anyone at home at your place darlin'
Why don't you invite me in? don't try to bleed me,
'Cause I've been there before and I deserve a little more.

I belong in the service of the Queen,
I belong anywhere but in between,
She's been lying, I've been sinking,
And I am the Rain King.

Hey, I only want the same as anyone,
Henderson is waiting for the sun,
Oh it seems night endlessly begins and ends,
After all the dreaming I come home again.

When I think of heaven, deliver me in a black-winged bird,
I think of dying, lay me down in a field of flame and heather,
Render up my body into the burning heart of God
In the belly of a black-winged bird, don't try to bleed me,
'cause I've been here before and I deserve a little more.

I belong in the service of the Queen,
I belong anywhere but in between,
She's been dying and I've been drinking
And I am the Rain King,
Well I said I am the rain king,
Well I said I, I, I, I, I yeah,
Well I am the rain king, yeah.
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 BillG wrote:

Actually, if you looks at the rating distribution you'll see that you're not a dissenter at all. Reading the comments you'd think that the distain for Counting Crows & for Adams voice was nearly universal, but that's not even close to being true. 
 

I love and always have loved this song. I gave it an 8 for now, but I just have a problem with that wail at the end!!! 
 DavidFromHouston wrote:
I'll be the dissenter. One of my favorite bands ever. They put on an amazing live show, though it can be a bit frustrating if you expect to sing along. Easily one of my favorite albums ever. An instant classic. 10. 

Bring on the haters. {#Wink} 
 
Actually, if you looks at the rating distribution you'll see that you're not a dissenter at all. Reading the comments you'd think that the distain for Counting Crows & for Adams voice was nearly universal, but that's not even close to being true. 
SUCH CATERWAULING!!
Ummm yes, now that you mention it, you do (belong in the service of the Queen). But whatever. As you were. {#Sunny}
{#Dancingbanana_2} x 100
 kcar wrote:

¯_(ツ)_/¯

Adam kinda deserves it...

It didn't help that this song got overplayed to the nth degree when it came out. There was this weird trend in the mid-nineties to have male lead singers deliberately yelp and sing off-key. This album does have some good songs, but this ain't one. 

 
I don't think "it was so overplayed I got sick of it" is really a valid definition of "not a good song".  It's a perfectly fine justification for "I don't like it", but little else.
Think is a great album and most important for me: a great liveband with superb musicians
This song goes great with 11. Haters gonna hate. As for Scots? (See comment somewhere down there.) Please. They hate themselves so much they stop drinking only long enough to bash their own heads into some cruddyass castle wall in the middle of BF nowhere. In a lake. A shoe box. Whatever's on hand. 
Ahh, thank you O powerful mute button!
No.
 DavidFromHouston wrote:
I'll be the dissenter. One of my favorite bands ever. They put on an amazing live show, though it can be a bit frustrating if you expect to sing along. Easily one of my favorite albums ever. An instant classic. 10. 

Bring on the haters. {#Wink} 

 
I'm with you. Came to this late (jazz lover at the time), so maybe overplay is the problem for most, which, if you're in the band, isn't a bad thing....
 DavidFromHouston wrote:
I'll be the dissenter. One of my favorite bands ever. They put on an amazing live show, though it can be a bit frustrating if you expect to sing along. Easily one of my favorite albums ever. An instant classic. 10. 

Bring on the haters. {#Wink} 

 


  Hannio wrote:
Adam Duritz at his barely tolerable best.
  


Hannio wrote:


Wow.  I certainly was feeling magnanimous that day.

 
¯\_(ツ)_/¯

Adam kinda deserves it...

It didn't help that this song got overplayed to the nth degree when it came out. There was this weird trend in the mid-nineties to have male lead singers deliberately yelp and sing off-key. This album does have some good songs, but this ain't one. 
I'm sorry, but this voice is making my ears bleed. I'm sure he's a great guy, though.
Great album.
Such a good album. However if you could turn hate into electricity you could power most of Scotland from this one band!
I'm a dissenter too.  Love Counting Crows — wish they still were a band.  Thanks for playing.
I'll be the dissenter. One of my favorite bands ever. They put on an amazing live show, though it can be a bit frustrating if you expect to sing along. Easily one of my favorite albums ever. An instant classic. 10. 

Bring on the haters. {#Wink} 
By Counting Crows standards this is upbeat and peppy.  Gave it a 6.
 Hannio wrote:
Adam Duritz at his barely tolerable best.
 

Wow.  I certainly was feeling magnanimous that day.
Saw them last year and honestly could not tell one song from the next. Pretty generic stuff...
 
Bland
always a favorite
 
I saw these guys a few years ago in a little....

No, wait...

That was Collective Soul.
 Ydesign wrote:
So many negatives? Lots of great singers are whiney. If you want perfect voices listen to Oprah!
Was a breath of fresh air when it was new. Great live band.

 
Oprah? ... I don't get it -  she has a very grating voice ...
I still like it. 
Sorry, but I hate this band.
Over it!
I liked this song for a few minutes back around 23 years ago.

Now, not so much. It's proven to be a flavor of the month, and not a finely-aged wine.
A coin flip view...CC is/was an alternative (along with DMB, Sheryl Crow, Goo Goo, Toad The Wet, etc) to the grunge craze of the 90's - an era of music in my life, that is only rivaled by the 80's...for worst music collectively in my ears since birth...{#Beat}
 ottovonb wrote:
The Dave Matthews School: Whining accompanied by cacaphony.
 
I agree about the DMB parallel. DMB-lite, and I just don't get DMB. 

Now the cacophony piece is interesting since this tune followed Pixies' "This Monkey's Gone to Heaven." IMO Pixie's are energetic dissonance (=groovy) and Crows are limp cacophony (=bad). 

There's PSD for anyone who doesn't like either.  IMO again this song is acceptable, meaning I wince but wait for it to pass vs think about PSD vs actually use PSD.
ugh   the album cover art is almost as pathetically bad as this "song"
 ppopp wrote:
Sheer bloody torture. That voice would probably work well for removing windshield ice. 

 
This song should be towed out to sea and used as the target for artillery practice. One of the absolute nadirs of 90s music. This got played way too much on FM to boot. Shame, Goldsmiths, shame!
He sounds like New Orleans & cool country
Hmm yes. This is one album I'd happily delete from the playlist. To me it's not painful or horrible it's just bland and boring....
 ottovonb wrote:
The Dave Matthews School: Whining accompanied by cacaphony.
 
Not completely wrong. 
So many negatives? Lots of great singers are whiney. If you want perfect voices listen to Oprah!
Was a breath of fresh air when it was new. Great live band.
 ppopp wrote:
I love sarcasm.
 
But not music.
OK prove it by making the rain stop out here
I love sarcasm.

 


Dosequis wrote:
Great expressive beautiful voice. Real emotion. Kick ass talented musicians. Original and forward songwriting. They have dozens of great songs. Please Bill, more of this, just dig deeper in their catalog. 

 


Sheer bloody torture. That voice would probably work well for removing windshield ice. 
phewwww, this is evidence that I am NOT the worst male vocalist ever   : (   dude's voice is way bad
 Dosequis wrote:
Great expressive beautiful voice. Real emotion. Kick ass talented musicians. Original and forward songwriting. They have dozens of great songs. Please Bill, more of this, just dig deeper in their catalog. 

 
Who are you, and what have you done with Dosequis?
This is not really my style, but I think this album is really good, so there.{#Moon}
That last "YEAAAHHHH!!!" would make a cool message or ring tone! {#Tongue-out}
just simply love this tune... off a GREAT album. {#Dancingbanana_2}
The Dave Matthews School: Whining accompanied by cacaphony.
Yep - strong emotion (kinda). Trouble is, his voice makes people want to vomit. It is completely vile.
Dosequis wrote:
Great expressive beautiful voice. Real emotion. Kick ass talented musicians. Original and forward songwriting. They have dozens of great songs. Please Bill, more of this, just dig deeper in their catalog. 

 


Great expressive beautiful voice. Real emotion. Kick ass talented musicians. Original and forward songwriting. They have dozens of great songs. Please Bill, more of this, just dig deeper in their catalog. 
yes ... nails on a chalkboard. Perfect metaphor all the way to the last note.
 Zonkers wrote:
Cannot stand the lead singers voice. Fingernails on a chalkboard every single time I hear that horrid warble.
 

 
Exactly my reaction to Thom Yorke. At least this dude and his band have some upbeat energy, even if the song is wistful.  But Yorke and RH sound chronically depressive even if the material is hopeful.  Singing garbled, unintelligible, flat and off key just crank up the negatives. There are fewer Counting Crow song plays on RP than Radiohead, when I become my own DJ and tap the PSD.  
 Hannio wrote:
Adam Duritz at his barely tolerable best.
Agreed.  One of my very few 2's. 


Memories!

Sisteen years ago, we just opened our company in France after several years in Brussels, me and a friend, working long hours and teaching at the university. As much as the last year working for the European Institutions was tiring, this was our choice and we loved it. We were enthusiastic and full of energy. At night when everybody else had left we were listening to music in the emptied offices, LOUD. Sometimes dancing and singing along. This CD is a part of the set we used to play. I don't listen to it anymore, time has passed and we did other things. But whenener it's played on RP, I feel really happy.

{#High-five} Bill & Rebecca



One dimensional...........and I LOVE IT  !!!!!!!
Saw them live many years ago - great show - but as other comments have pointed out, very one dimensional singing voice that grates on the ears after a while. 
Great song, excellent album!
Vile-sounding noise coming from this singer's mouth. Utterly annoying. Not at all welcome. 
 Zonkers wrote:
Cannot stand the lead singers voice. Fingernails on a chalkboard every single time I hear that horrid warble.
 

 

Amen to that, my frirend.
Great song.  Excellent album.
Cannot stand the lead singers voice. Fingernails on a chalkboard every single time I hear that horrid warble.
 
They are still together, actually
The best and last best album they put out. Miss you guys.
Adam starts to grate the nerves for me. Good band, but vocalist is very one dimensional to me.
I had to triple PSD away from Peter bloody won't leave me alone Gabriel to get here but hell of a song from an amazing album.  Terrible shame none of their other albums even came close to matching it.
I loved this song when I was a kid.  My dad bought this CD with our first CD player.
Such fantastic music today. But, then, isn't that why we're all here...carry on. 
This song always sounds good. Seems a bit timeless.
One of my favourite album.

 Thank you for playing that for me.
Thank you for reminding me of this song (and the album)   {#Music}

 Jelani wrote:
I"m not a Counting crows fan,but i like this boppy tune. 
EXCEPT that screech at the end ruins it.
Total anti-climax. 
 
Overall, this band never interested me either, and the singer and his voice have always annoyed me, but this album had some good tunes on it - this is one of them...well, other than that screech at the end.
Hate is not a word I like to use so I won't. I intensely dislike this
Every summer there's one album that scores so indelibly that it earns the title—oh, it's not official—of that year's summer soundtrack. This was 1993's as much as Revolver and "Sunshine Superman" were in 1966. Great album.
I can relate to raining in Baltimore, more...6 !
I"m not a Counting crows fan,but i like this boppy tune. 
EXCEPT that screech at the end ruins it.
Total anti-climax. 
Twirlin and dancin to this tune full blast out of AR-11s, got me thru a hard time! Rock on CCs!
 dogpound wrote:
things were going so well in this set until this song.
 
I'm with ya there...

things were going so well in this set until this song.
This was such a great album, and this is my favorite song from it. {#Clap}
Not my favorite from this album, but like it still.
 Jimi_the_Saint wrote:
Oh, Sweet Jesus. Please stop with the Counting Crows. It's really horrible, whiney garbage that does not stand the test of time.
 
I was coming here to write the same thing! You took the words right out of my mouth, Jimi.


 Jimi_the_Saint wrote:
Oh, Sweet Jesus. Please stop with the Counting Crows. It's really horrible, whiney garbage that does not stand the test of time.
 

Sorry but I'm with Jimi on this one. I don't doubt their sincerity but there's something about that voice...his delivery just kills it for me. 
Ha Ha! I think you are right!

 luminousjune wrote:
adam duritz and peter jackson traded bodies.




 


 Jimi_the_Saint wrote:
Oh, Sweet Jesus. Please stop with the Counting Crows. It's really horrible, whiney garbage that does not stand the test of time.
 
This album does. There was some real promise here. I never like saying a band has "sold out" or whatever but they certainly got poppier and lost the focus on display through most of this. A lot more to them than "Mr. Jones."

click!
Adam Duritz at his barely tolerable best.

Yuck! {#Yell}


I saw them play on the tour promoting this album, opening for Cracker. Even though since then, they do get on my nerves, I have to admit it was one of the best shows I have ever seen. I 've always attributed it to the fact that they were just starting out and they were hungry. Yet 10+ years later, the intensity of Adam Duritz and band still sticks with me and ranks at the top of my favorite ever shows. gutboy wrote:
yes, it seemed trite to me at first, but after I caught a film of these guys playing live, i saw an energy there not so apparent on the radio songs. I gave another listen to this one and I can sense a struggle to keep a pent up rage from surfacing. the counting crows may consist of something more than what shows on the surface. or not
I am no CC fan but this song is terrific. It will last.
yes, it seemed trite to me at first, but after I caught a film of these guys playing live, i saw an energy there not so apparent on the radio songs. I gave another listen to this one and I can sense a struggle to keep a pent up rage from surfacing. the counting crows may consist of something more than what shows on the surface. or not
Oh, Sweet Jesus. Please stop with the Counting Crows. It's really horrible, whiney garbage that does not stand the test of time.
Heard this song so many times I got sick of it but I dearly loved it at first. Haven't heard it in quite a while and it sounds great again.
Kite_Flyer wrote:
:bananapiano: Just plain great.
WOW! This takes me back....was a big song the year I was married (93)...where does time go?....
:bananapiano: Just plain great.
diseasedyak wrote:
This guy persuaded Courtney Cox to go to bed with him?
I wanna be a rock star.
It may be formulaic, but they do it very well. Always liked Adam's voice - a mixture of vulnerabilty & damn the torpedos with a convincing 'everyman' sound to it.
horstman wrote:
It's funny how some of my favorite bands before (and after) I fell in love with Radio Paradise get really bad ratings from a number of users. Must be that I (and Mr. Goldsmith) have really, really good taste. Most of the music I listen to and own is played hear; Bill and I are approximately the same age(closer than a lot of the gen X know it alls)and quite frankly, if Bill didn't like it, then it probably wouldn't get played in the first place. To all the R.E.M., Counting Crow haters out there, have a nice day! Bill and I will still be rockin to these great tunes regardless. Oh, and keep the listener support rollin in. I do. :flamed:
Careful there mister, a lot of us 'gen x know it alls' are the ones who kept R.E.M. CC and many other bands of that era around by going to shows and buying their music before we had a way to pirate it And many of my gen X pals are on the automatic contribution list too, so there :nyah:
jmk999 wrote:
Isn't it clear by now that all whining in the world will not prevent Bill (bless his heart) from playing the Counting Crows? That is to say, please keep it to yourselves and let the rest of us enjoy.
agreed. i like cc.
Isn't it clear by now that all whining in the world will not prevent Bill (bless his heart) from playing the Counting Crows? That is to say, please keep it to yourselves and let the rest of us enjoy.
y-yy-yy-y-YYEAAAAAH
Jimi_the_Saint wrote:
I just can't digest this whiny, trite mess. NO MORE COUNTING CROWS, please. :hand: :stop: :pray:
Exactly.
I just can't digest this whiny, trite mess. NO MORE COUNTING CROWS, please. :hand: :stop: :pray:
horstman wrote:
It's funny how some of my favorite bands before (and after) I fell in love with Radio Paradise get really bad ratings from a number of users. Must be that I (and Mr. Goldsmith) have really, really good taste. Most of the music I listen to and own is played hear; Bill and I are approximately the same age(closer than a lot of the gen X know it alls)and quite frankly, if Bill didn't like it, then it probably wouldn't get played in the first place. To all the R.E.M., Counting Crow haters out there, have a nice day! Bill and I will still be rockin to these great tunes regardless. Oh, and keep the listener support rollin in. I do. :flamed:
right on....
horstman wrote:
It's funny how some of my favorite bands before (and after) I fell in love with Radio Paradise get really bad ratings from a number of users. Must be that I (and Mr. Goldsmith) have really, really good taste. Most of the music I listen to and own is played hear; Bill and I are approximately the same age(closer than a lot of the gen X know it alls)and quite frankly, if Bill didn't like it, then it probably wouldn't get played in the first place. To all the R.E.M., Counting Crow haters out there, have a nice day! Bill and I will still be rockin to these great tunes regardless. Oh, and keep the listener support rollin in. right on.........
horstman wrote:
It's funny how some of my favorite bands before (and after) I fell in love with Radio Paradise get really bad ratings from a number of users. Must be that I (and Mr. Goldsmith) have really, really good taste. Most of the music I listen to and own is played hear; Bill and I are approximately the same age(closer than a lot of the gen X know it alls)and quite frankly, if Bill didn't like it, then it probably wouldn't get played in the first place. To all the R.E.M., Counting Crow haters out there, have a nice day! Bill and I will still be rockin to these great tunes regardless. Oh, and keep the listener support rollin in. I do. :flamed:
Well stated; and Kudos to you! :clap:
Great instrumentation. Awful, awful voice. What, the band had already filled the Tambourine Guy position?
eastcoast wrote:
Is this the only album they put out? If there is another one, did it get any radioplay?
...eastcoast said with a healthy dose of sarcasm...
Is this the only album they put out? If there is another one, did it get any radioplay?
gernick wrote:
Not a big Counting Crows fan (not a fan if i'm honest) but they do have a few very good songs, this is one of them. I love the way he sings here, it just gets me in all the right ways
What he said.
Not a big Counting Crows fan (not a fan if i'm honest) but they do have a few very good songs, this is one of them. I love the way he sings here, it just gets me in all the right ways
Fingernails on chalkboards sounds worse, other than that ....
This guy persuaded Courtney Cox to go to bed with him?
adam duritz and peter jackson traded bodies.
horstman wrote:
It's funny how some of my favorite bands before (and after) I fell in love with Radio Paradise get really bad ratings from a number of users. Must be that I (and Mr. Goldsmith) have really, really good taste. One of my favorite bands (a classic band with many haters) always gets bad comments on this site. I mean I just saw Bob Dylan's music be called "Childish". I went to look at this one dude's ratings and he gave my one favorite band all 1s for everyone of their songs, probably just because he hates the stereotype of the band and not the song itself. There are many ignorant people out there that don't take time to appreciate music that they never listend too.
RP listeners might warm up to CC more quickly if Bill would play some of their best work: the new live album "New Amsterdam." This song in particular is done to perfection there.
It's funny how some of my favorite bands before (and after) I fell in love with Radio Paradise get really bad ratings from a number of users. Must be that I (and Mr. Goldsmith) have really, really good taste. Most of the music I listen to and own is played hear; Bill and I are approximately the same age(closer than a lot of the gen X know it alls)and quite frankly, if Bill didn't like it, then it probably wouldn't get played in the first place. To all the R.E.M., Counting Crow haters out there, have a nice day! Bill and I will still be rockin to these great tunes regardless. Oh, and keep the listener support rollin in. I do. :flamed:
Great, really nice listening
yep, agreed. my single favorite song from a band i usually consider kinda hit or miss, and, sadly, more of the latter. 9.
This is possibly the best Counting Crows song ever. I absolutely love this tune. Outstanding!
Tragically upbeat. I love this tune. Don't know why exactly.
cooshound wrote:
I'm sorry, but that last note alone he hits at the end brings the score down a couple of notches. :silenced:
Just plain bad. The producer ought to have talked him out of that.