♫ Blue Eyes Crying In The Rain ♫

I’ve mentioned a few times that I am NOT a fan of country music, but there are exceptions and one of those exceptions is Willie Nelson.  Now, I don’t like all of Willie’s music, but there are a few that I do love, and tonight’s selection, Blue Eyes Crying in the Rain, is one such.

Written by songwriter Fred Rose and originally performed by Roy Acuff, this song has been covered by many artists, including Hank Williams Sr., Johnny Russell, and Charley Pride. But the best-known version was recorded by Willie Nelson as part of his 1975 album Red Headed Stranger.

This is, as are most country music fare, a rather depressing song, and singing the song night after night took an emotional toll on Nelson, who was a notorious drinker in the late ’70s.  Willie recalls …

“It’s really difficult to sing ‘Blue Eyes Crying In The Rain’ or ‘Always On My Mind’ without getting emotionally involved, especially when the audience gets emotionally involved and you feel their feelings. You can only wallow in your own misery for so long without saying, ‘Wait a minute, I want a drink!'”

Willie Nelson first made the Hot 100 as a songwriter in 1961 with Crazy (#9, recorded by Patsy Cline) and Hello Walls (#12, recorded by Faron Young), but this was his first trip to the chart as an artist. It was also his first #1 country hit, and it earned him the Grammy Award for Best Male Country Vocal Performance. Nelson’s singing career took off, and he soon became a household name.

This was the last song Elvis Presley played before he died. In the early morning of August 16, 1977, he played it on his piano in Graceland. Later that day, he died from an overdose of prescription drugs.

Blue Eyes Crying In The Rain
Willie Nelson

In the twilight glow I see
Blue eyes cryin’ in the rain
When we kissed goodbye and parted
I knew we’d never meet again

Love is like a dyin’ ember
Only memories remain

Through the ages I’ll remember
Blue eyes cryin’ in the rain

Some day when we meet up yonder
We’ll stroll hand in hand again

In a land that knows no partin’
Blue eyes cryin’ in the rain
Blue eyes cryin’ in the rain
Blue eyes cryin’ in the rain

Source: Musixmatch
Songwriters: Rose Fred
Blue Eyes Crying In The Rain lyrics © Sony/atv Milene Music, Campbell Connelly And Co.ltd., Acuff Rose Music, Inc.

26 thoughts on “♫ Blue Eyes Crying In The Rain ♫

  1. Willie Nelson is a great singer, and a great humanitarian too. I have a lot of country favourites, but my country star is still the twangy-voiced Hank Williams (Sr., for those who need the distinction.) I just went in search of a song of his, possibly and probably my favourite–I’m So Lonesome I could Cry–and discovered this has to be one of the most re-recorded songs in history, everyone and their granpappy recorded it, and quite a few granmamas too. The list seems to be endless. https://youtu.be/4WXYjm74WFI
    I also love Johnny Cash, Roy Orbison, Mary Robbins, and others, but the song that touched my heart was by singer/songwriter Kris Kristofferson. The particular song I want to give you is not Me and Bobby McGee, possibly his most famous recording, but rather the wistful and pain-wracked Sunday Morning, Coming Down: https://youtu.be/vbqGWTxwZEA
    Hope you enjoy.

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  2. I like a lot of country music, but not this sort, sorry! That is what my ex-wife would call ‘music to slit your wrists to.’ I know he’s a legend, but I can only take him in small doses.

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    • Interestingly, I wasn’t sure whether you would like it or not, but I leaned toward thinking that you would … oops! But Clive … “music to slit your wrists to???” I would reserve that title for some either Rap or Headbanger music!

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      • Sorry, I just don’t really go for the miserable strand of country. There are exceptions – Brad Paisley’s Whiskey Lullaby for example – but I generally prefer a little more to it than this one gave me. The comment is aimed at the misery factor as opposed to the genres you mentioned – it’s hard to slit your wrists when you have your hands over your ears 😉

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  4. Wilie’s manner of delivery always seems like it’s pouring directly out of a fountain of brutal, emotional honesty and introspection. With this song, his manner adds a thoughtfulness and longing, a quiet undertone that threads through asking, “What have I done?” Great choice. Cheers and hugs

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