The Paul McCartney Project

Rainclouds

Album This song officially appears on the Ebony And Ivory / Rainclouds 7" Single.
Timeline This song has been officially released in 1982
Timeline This song has been written (or started being written) in 1980 (Paul McCartney was 38 years old)

Related sessions

This song has been recorded during the following studio sessions



Recording "Rainclouds"

December 8th-9th, 1980


Tug Of War sessions at AIR Studios, London

March 11, 1981 - March 1982

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Song facts

Rainclouds” is a McCartney song released as the B-side of “Ebony And Ivory“, a 1982 single taken from the “Tug Of War” album.

Last updated on April 11, 2020

Lyrics

Rain in the forest
Rain on the trees
Raining down on me
Rainclouds hide the sun
Rainclouds hide the sun

Clouds in the valley
Clouds in the sky
Clouds, please, pass me by

Sail the ocean, sail across the sea (sail across the sea)
Send a card to me (send a card to me)
Wind's gonna blow (wind's gonna blow)
And if you go (oo-oo-oo-oo-oo-oh)
Leave the sun for me (me-ee-ee)

Talkin' 'bout sun in the desert (sun in the desert)
Sun in my ears (sun in my ears)
Sun dries up my tears
Rainclouds hide the sun (rainclouds hide the sun)
Rainclouds hide the sun (rainclouds hide the sun)

Rain in the forest (rain in the forest)
Rain on the trees (rain on the trees)
Raining down on me
Rainclouds hide the sun, pretty woman, in the morning,
(rainclouds hide the sun)
Rainclouds hide the sun (rainclouds hide the sun)

Rain in the forest (rainclouds hide the sun)
Rain on the trees (rainclouds hide the sun)
Rainclouds hide the sun

Officially appears on


Ebony And Ivory / Rainclouds

7" Single • Released in 1982

3:12 • Studio versionA

Paul McCartney :
Backing vocals, Bass drum, Spanish guitar, Vocals
Linda McCartney :
Backing vocals
Denny Laine :
Backing vocals
Eric Stewart :
Backing vocals
George Martin :
Producer
Geoff Emerick :
Mixing engineer, Recording engineer
Jon Jacobs :
Mixing assistant engineer, Recording assistant engineer
Paddy Moloney :
Uilleann pipes

Session Recording:
December 8th-9th, 1980
Studio :
AIR Studios, London, UK

Session Overdubs:
March 1981 - March 1982
Studio :
AIR Studios, London, UK

Session Mixing:
March 1981 - March 1982
Studio :
AIR Studios, London, UK

Credits & recording details courtesy of Luca Perasi • Buy Paul McCartney: Recording Sessions (1969-2013) on Amazon


Ebony And Ivory / Rainclouds

12" Single • Released in 1982

3:12 • Studio versionA

Paul McCartney :
Backing vocals, Bass drum, Spanish guitar, Vocals
Linda McCartney :
Backing vocals
Denny Laine :
Backing vocals
Eric Stewart :
Backing vocals
George Martin :
Producer
Geoff Emerick :
Mixing engineer, Recording engineer
Jon Jacobs :
Mixing assistant engineer, Recording assistant engineer
Paddy Moloney :
Uilleann pipes

Session Recording:
December 8th-9th, 1980
Studio :
AIR Studios, London, UK

Session Overdubs:
March 1981 - March 1982
Studio :
AIR Studios, London, UK

Session Mixing:
March 1981 - March 1982
Studio :
AIR Studios, London, UK

Credits & recording details courtesy of Luca Perasi • Buy Paul McCartney: Recording Sessions (1969-2013) on Amazon


Tug Of War - Archive Collection

Official album • Released in 2015

3:10 • Studio versionA2015 • 2015 remaster

Paul McCartney :
Backing vocals, Bass drum, Spanish guitar, Vocals
Linda McCartney :
Backing vocals
Denny Laine :
Backing vocals
Eric Stewart :
Backing vocals
George Martin :
Producer
Geoff Emerick :
Mixing engineer, Recording engineer
Jon Jacobs :
Mixing assistant engineer, Recording assistant engineer
Paddy Moloney :
Uilleann pipes
Alex Wharton :
Remastering

Session Recording:
December 8th-9th, 1980
Studio :
AIR Studios, London, UK

Session Overdubs:
March 1981 - March 1982
Studio :
AIR Studios, London, UK

Session Mixing:
March 1981 - March 1982
Studio :
AIR Studios, London, UK

Credits & recording details courtesy of Luca Perasi • Buy Paul McCartney: Recording Sessions (1969-2013) on Amazon

Bootlegs


MoMac's Hidden Tracks Vol.16

Unofficial album

7:14 • Rehearsal

Session Recording:
Oct 30, 1980
Studio :
Pugin Hall, Tenterden, Kent, UK


MoMac's Hidden Tracks Vol.16

Unofficial album

3:28 • Rehearsal

Session Recording:
Oct 30, 1980
Studio :
Pugin Hall, Tenterden, Kent, UK


MoMac's Hidden Tracks Vol.16

Unofficial album

12:28 • Rehearsal

Session Recording:
Oct 30, 1980
Studio :
Pugin Hall, Tenterden, Kent, UK


MoMac's Hidden Tracks Vol.16

Unofficial album

5:20 • Rehearsal

Session Recording:
Oct 30, 1980
Studio :
Pugin Hall, Tenterden, Kent, UK


MoMac's Hidden Tracks Vol.17

Unofficial album

2:01 • Rehearsal

Session Recording:
August 1980
Studio :
Pugin Hall, Tenterden, Kent, UK


Live performances

Paul McCartney has never played this song in concert.


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Rosemary Hart 3 years ago

Who produced Rain Clouds?


The PaulMcCartney Project 3 years ago

Hi Rosemary,
George Martin was producer for "Rainclouds" & Tug Of War album.
Best


Lynda B 7 months ago

Rainclouds is also found on the bootleg "When It Rains It Pours". In fact there are 4 rehearsal versions on this boot.


The PaulMcCartney Project 7 months ago

Thanks @lynda ! You're right that I should add this boot as well ! https://www.discogs.com/Paul-McCartney-And-Wings-When-It-Rains-It-Pours/master/829747