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Kentucky Rain

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Basic Stats

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Written by: Eddie Rabbitt, Dick Heard

Recorded: February 19, 1969, American Studios, Memphis
Released master is take 10.

Single:w/ "My Little Friend", 47-9791, January 29, 1970
Also re-released on Gold Standard Series, 447-0675, August 1971.

RIAA Certified: Gold (as of 03/27/1992)

Highest U.S. Charts Positions:
#16 on Billboard's Hot 100
#10 on Cash Box Top 100
#31 on Billboard's Hot Country Singles
#3 on Billboard's Hot Adult Contemporary Tracks

1st LP release: Elvis: Worldwide 50 Gold Award Hits, Vol 1 - August 1970
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My Spin

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One of many great recordings to come out of Elvis' January and February 1969 sessions at American Studios, "Kentucky Rain" tells the story of a man looking for his woman (why she left him, we never find out), hitchhiking in "the cold Kentucky rain". This fine Eddie Rabbitt country-rock tune gets a top notch reading from Elvis, who takes it nice 'n' easy through the verses, and pumps it up on the repeated chorus.

Other Spins

(What did the critics and fans say?)

"Kentucky Rain" is sung with compassion and conviction, but as it is a despairing number the effect is enervating. Presley enters into the spirit of the song, and it is doubtful if he ever sounded more miserable on record.

Robert Matthew-Walker, Elvis Presley: A Study in Music, 1979

A weary search for his girl, with the Memphis Strings simulating rain and the Blossoms providing sweet background, from the second round of Memphis sessions.

Martin Torgoff, The Complete Elvis, 1982

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"Kentucky Rain" Lyrics and Downloads

Seven lonely days and a dozen towns ago
I reached out one night and you were gone
Don't know why you'd run, what you're running to or from
All I know is I want to bring you home

So I'm walking in the rain, thumbing for a ride
On this lonely Kentucky backroad
I've loved you much too long, my love's too strong
To let you go, never knowing what went wrong

Kentucky rain keeps pouring down
And up ahead's another town that I'll go walking through
With the rain in my shoes
Searchin for you
In the cold Kentucky rain
In the cold Kentucky rain

Showed your photograph to some old gray bearded men
Sitting on a bench outside a general store
They said, yes, she's been here, but their memory wasn't clear
Was it yesterday, no, wait the day before

So I finally got a ride with a preacher man who asked
Where you bound on such a dark afternoon?
As we drove on thru the rain, as he listened I explained
And he left me with a prayer that I'd find you

Kentucky rain keeps pouring down
And up ahead's another town that I'll go walking through
With the rain in my shoes
Searchin for you
In the cold Kentucky rain
In the cold Kentucky rain
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