Kentucky Rain – Elvis from A to Z

I chose “Kentucky Rain” for my Elvis ‘K’ topic for the A to Z Blogging Challenge. It was a close one between it and the movie Kid Galahad as it’s one of my top 10 favorite Elvis movies, but I think I like “Kentucky Rain” just a little bit more. If you haven’t seen Kid Galahad, check it out. It is not one of Elvis’ cheesy movies. It actually has a good, dramatic story line. Elvis plays a boxer and Joan Blackman, from Blue Hawaii, plays Elvis’ love interest. It is a remake of a Bette Davis and Humphrey Bogart movie from 1937. For more about my love of Elvis movies, please click here.

So back to my actual ‘K’ pick “Kentucky Rain.” I have always really enjoyed this song (probably one of my top 10 favorites), something so familiar about it. It always makes me think of being in Memphis in the rain, even though it’s called “Kentucky Rain.” And while a lot of Elvis’ songs remind me of Memphis, this one really puts me back there. Also, “Kentucky Rain” is one of those great story songs, like you’re watching a short movie in your head. Recorded by Elvis in February 1969 at American Studios in Memphis, “Kentucky Rain” was written by Eddie Rabbitt (who I loved when I was little!) and featured Ronnie Milsap on piano.

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 back road
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 (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 gen’ral store
They said “yes, she’s been here”
But their memory wasn’t clear
Was it yesterday?
No, wait, the day before?
Finally got a ride
With a preacher man who asked
“Where you bound on such a cold dark afternoon?”
As we drove on through 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 (rain in my shoes)
Searchin’ for you
In the cold Kentucky rain

 

What is your favorite movie, song, book, topic about Elvis that begins with ‘K’? Please comment below. If you missed any of my Elvis ‘A’ to ‘J’ topics, please click here. Remember to check back tomorrow to see what ‘L’ topic I’ve chosen for Elvis.

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8 Comments on Kentucky Rain – Elvis from A to Z

  1. I love Kentucky Rain!! Definitely one of my top 10 favorite Elvis songs as well! Nothing in Elvis’s K song category that I can think of is better. I do like King of the whole wide world as well but definitely not as much as Kentucky Rain. I think I like King of the whole wide world because it reminds me of the Elvis documentary Elvis by the Presley’s. That is one of my very favorites! There has been no documentary made where you feel more part of his personal story then that one. I have never seen Kid Galahad!! I will definitely put it on my Elvis movie Bucket List 🙂

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  2. I’m glad you did this one, because I think this is my favorite Elvis song of all time. I love the story it tells, and how he really sounds desperate to find the woman he loves.

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  3. I have a ridiculous fondness for “Kissin’ Cousins.” So now you know. 🙂

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