Song of the Day #3,431: ‘It’s Gonna Rain’ – Lucinda Williams

Lucinda Williams has released a dozen albums during her 38-year career, four in the first 18 years and eight in the last 20. She stepped up the pace after 1998’s Car Wheels On a Gravel Road (still her best album), releasing a record about once every other year.

My guess is that if 2014’s Down Where the Spirit Meets the Bone had come after a lengthy hiatus, rather than during the relatively productive streak Williams was on at the time, it would have been received with more critical fanfare.

This double album features 19 tracks in the melancholy blues-rock mode where she’s most comfortable. The musicianship is typically outstanding — Williams is matched only by Lyle Lovett in my book when it comes to the versatility and virtuosity of her backing band.

Her voice hasn’t aged well (something she has in common with one of her idols, Bob Dylan) but she puts it to good use, telling sad-sack stories about life’s losers.

I’m so tired of these overcast skies
I’m so tired of the looks in people’s eyes
I can’t wait ’til I can go away
And it’s gonna rain again today

Don’t know why I’m still hangin’ round
All these nightclubs only get me down
And this was never my town anyway
And it’s gonna rain again today

It’s gonna rain, it’s gonna rain
It’s gonna rain again today

I’ve been standin’ on the edge of darkness
I can see black clouds overhead
This town is never gonna change it’s ways
And it’s gonna rain again today

You wanna know why I don’t hang out
You wanna know what it’s all about
There’s nothin’ much left for me to say
‘Cept it’s gonna rain again today

It’s gonna rain, it’s gonna rain
It’s gonna rain, it’s gonna rain
It’s gonna rain again today

It’s gonna rain, it’s gonna rain
It’s gonna rain, it’s gonna rain
It’s gonna rain again today
It’s gonna rain again today

2 thoughts on “Song of the Day #3,431: ‘It’s Gonna Rain’ – Lucinda Williams

  1. Markazero says:

    Well, I think that Americana Music Award for Album of the year was some kind of fanfare. Ok, no Grammy nomination was a shame, but who cares? It’s an excellent album, as the meanwhile two following are. Crucial point for me is independent from official honor anyway: Do her songs reach my heart and make me think about the complexity of life? Do I simply enjoy listening to her songs, the sound of the band and her voice? Do I admire her songwriting since more than twenty years? Yes, yes, and yes 😉

  2. Dana Gallup says:

    Maybe Lucinda needs to release a duets album of standards with Dylan.😊

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