♫ Raindrops Keep Falling On My Head ♫

This afternoon, I had to make my weekly grocery store trip, and as I was putting the groceries into the trunk of the car, I found myself, with good reason, singing this song.  Naturally, it got stuck in my head, as songs seem to do.  If only important details stuck in my head in the same way.  Sigh.

This song was written by Hal David and Burt Bacharach for the 1969 film Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid.  Sung by B.J. Thomas, it won an Academy Award for Best Original Song. David and Bacharach also won Best Original Score.  Ray Stevens was first offered the opportunity to record it for the film, but turned it down. He chose instead to record the song “Sunday Morning Coming Down”, written by Kris Kristofferson. Bob Dylan is supposed to have been approached for the song, but he, too, reportedly declined.  Somehow I just cannot picture Dylan singing this, can you?

According to Mr. Thomas …

“The song, initially when it came out, I believe it was October of 69, the movie didn’t come out until December, it did get some bad reviews. It was a very unique and different sounding song, Bacharach and David never had any qualms about trying to do anything different, or push the envelope so to speak. So nowadays, it sounds pretty tame, but back then, radio resisted it to some degree. But, when the movie came out it hit hugely and sold about 200,000 to 300,000 records a day for about three years.”

Raindrops Keep Falling On My Head
B. J. Thomas

Raindrops are falling on my head
And just like the guy whose feet are too big for his bed
Nothing seems to fit
Those raindrops are falling on my head, they keep falling

So I just did me some talking to the sun
And I said I didn’t like the way he got things done
Sleeping on the job
Those raindrops are falling on my head, they keep fallin’

But there’s one thing I know
The blues they send to meet me
Won’t defeat me, it won’t be long
‘Till happiness steps up to greet me

Raindrops keep falling on my head
But that doesn’t mean my eyes will soon be turning red
Crying’s not for me
‘Cause I’m never gonna stop the rain by complaining
Because I’m free
Nothing’s worrying me

It won’t be long ’till happiness steps up to greet me

Raindrops keep falling on my head
But that doesn’t mean my eyes will soon be turning red
Crying’s not for me
‘Cause I’m never gonna stop the rain by complaining
Because I’m free, ’cause nothing’s worrying me

Songwriters: Burt Bacharach / Hal David
Raindrops Keep Falling On My Head lyrics © Warner/Chappell Music, Inc

16 thoughts on “♫ Raindrops Keep Falling On My Head ♫

  1. I will begin by saying that this enjoyable song is a perfect choice for a rainy day, almost any rainy day…except today! Today, my friend, I might have hoped to find a song by Selena. Although in truth, I did not expect to find one (as I added to yesterday’s comment on the DeBarge post) and I am not disappointed. March 31, 1995 was the day that the young, beautiful and very talented Selena Quintanilla-Perez was shot and killed by Yolanda Saldivar. I will admit to only becoming a fan after the July 1995 posthumous release of the album “Dreaming of You”. Besides the title song, it includes “I Could Fall In Love” and”Missing My Baby”. Then there is the one written by superstar songwriter, Diane Warren, “I’m Getting Used To You” (can you imagine my mischievous smile while reading yesterday’s post?). I, like many, watched the 1997 movie “Selena” that starred Jennifer Lopez and was caught up in her story more than before. The first book that I read about Selena was the March 2012 “To Selena, With Love” by her husband Chris Perez and I was moved to tears often. I had not yet read the 1997 book by Maria Celeste Arraras titled “Selena’s Secret : The Revealing Story Behind Her Tragic Death”. In March 2015 for the 20th anniversary of her death it was re-released with an updated foreword and afterword by the author. I purchased and read this excellent book. It is now more years that she has been gone than she lived, how very sad and needless. Her killer was found guilty of first-degree murder in 1995 and remains incarcerated. Although there is the possibility that she could be paroled, she is eligible as of March 30, 2025…a 30th anniversary gift to her family?!? In summation, you might consider a tribute post to Selena on her upcoming birthday on April 16th. Thank-you!

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    • Oh, but you are going to be so very disappointed in me! I did not know that Selena had recorded songs in English! Being a Spanish-speaker, I was aware of her songs “Como La Flor”, and “Amor Prohibido”, but had never heard the ones you mention. I hang my head in shame. Now for the really bad part … I did not know she had been murdered, nor that there was a movie and even books about her murder!!! I know … you are probably appalled, but I hope this doesn’t make me persona non grata in your book! I did put out donuts and juice for tomorrow, if that helps redeem me a bit? And yes, my dear Ellen, I can absolutely see in my mind your mischievous little grin and hear that “Gotcha” in your mind! I have made a note about April 16th and shall, at that date, try to redeem myself in your eyes. ♫

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      • I am positively incredulous!!! I do not speak Spanish, thus did not understand her lyrics which most likely precluded my interest in Selena until her crossover into English. BUT…it was such a huge thing when she was murdered by this woman that had become a friend and then managed the singer’s boutiques. The album was a commercial success, a #1 on the Billboard 200! And, and…the movie is what catapulted Jennifer Lopez’s career, although there was some dissatisfaction about her being of Puerto Rican heritage and not Mexican descent as was Selena. You definitely should watch the movie! I am glad that I have enlightened you about this tragic event, albeit 24 years later. Thank-you!

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        • I’ve told you before that I am a cultural throwback! I love music, but just really never paid any attention to the exploits of the artists until recently! I know I am such a disappointment to you, but I do hope that I redeemed myself a little bit with today’s music post? And I have added the movie to my watchlist! 😉

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