Release date: 30 May 1966

If the rain comes they run and hide their heads.
They might as well be dead,
If the rain comes, if the rain comes.
When the sun shines they slip into the shade,
And sip their lemonade,
When the sun shines, when the sun shines.
Rain, I don't mind,
Shine, the weather's fine.
I can show you that when it starts to rain,
Everything's the same,
I can show you, I can show you.
Rain, I don't mind,
Shine, the weather's fine.
Can you hear me that when it rains and shines,
It's just a state of mind,
Can you hear me, can you hear me?


US single sleeve
Single by The Beatles
A-side "Paperback Writer"
Released 30 May 1966 (US)
10 June 1966 (UK)
Format 7"
Recorded 14 April 1966
EMI Studios, London
Genre Psychedelic rock
Length 2:59
Label Parlophone
Writer(s) Lennon-McCartney
Producer George Martin
The Beatles singles chronology
"We Can Work It Out" /
"Day Tripper"
"Nowhere Man"
"Paperback Writer" / "Rain"
"Eleanor Rigby" / "Yellow Submarine"

"Rain" is a song by the English rock band the Beatles, credited to Lennon-McCartney and first released in June 1966 as the B-side of the "Paperback Writer" single. Both songs were recorded during the sessions for the album Revolver though neither appears on that album.

Written by John Lennon, "Rain" has been called the Beatles' finest B-side, noted for its slowed-down rhythm track and backwards vocals, both of which were a hint of things to come on Revolver, released two months later.

Three promotional films were made for the song "Rain". These videos, along with other Beatles videos at the time, sparked George Harrison to say during the Beatles Anthology, "So I suppose, in a way, we invented MTV."

©1966 Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC. All rights reserved. Used by permission.

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