Album This song officially appears on the Concrete And Gold Official album.
Timeline This song has been officially released in 2017

Related sessions

This song has been recorded during the following studio sessions


Recording "Sunday Rain"

March - April 2017 ?

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Song facts

Sunday Rain” is a song by the American rock band Foo Fighters, appearing on “Concrete and Gold”, their ninth studio album released in 2017. Paul McCartney contributed to this song, by playing drums.

There’s one [special guest on the new album] who is probably the biggest pop star in the world. He or she sings backup on one of the heaviest songs on the record. And we’re not telling anybody who it is.

Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl – From BBC Radio 1 interview, June 20, 2017

Paul McCartney plays drums on one of our songs. He’s a pal. We’ve known him for a long. He’s great. He’s the most wonderful person in the world. He’s a great guy

Dave Grohl – From ET Canada, July 31, 2017

He hadn’t even heard of the song. He comes in and Dave picked up an acoustic and showed him real quick. He sat on his special drum set that his tech set up for him. I sat there with a drumstick conducting. He did two takes

An unspecified member of the band (drummer Taylor Hawkins?) – From ET Canada, July 31, 2017

You don’t generally think of him as a drummer. But he laid that track so fucking effortlessly. He never even heard the song – Dave kind of explained it to him with an acoustic guitar. And he was like, ‘Yeah, yeah. I think I know what you’re doing.’ 

Taylor Hawkins – From Rolling Stone, September 6, 2017

We have a song on our record called “Sunday Rain” that Taylor sings, and on the record, Paul McCartney plays the drums. I had written it and demo’d it by myself, and we jammed it as a band. And, I love it when Taylor sings because he’s got such a great voice. I was going to play drums on this song, because Taylor was gonna sing it. And he said “you know what? You should get Paul McCartney to come in and play drums”. And not a lot of people know that Paul McCartney has played drums on a lot of songs that you’ve heard – Beatles songs too. And I was like “Hey man, you want to play drums on a new song on our record?”. And he texted back, he was like “You’ve always got crazy ideas!”. He came into the studio, had his drum set set up, and just immediately started doing that thing that he recognized. He’s got a real swing to it! But the greatest part was watching him do it, because he’d got this huge smile on his face. And he was so into it when he was playing! And so Taylor sat on his stool and like conducted like “Chorus!”, “Pre-chorus!” as we were tracking. I think our version of the song was maybe five minutes long. But Paul’s version was like twelve minutes. He just didn’t want to stop! He was having so much fun! So we did one, we’re like ‘Oh my God, that’s amazing’, and we had it. We went in and listened and we were like “Wow that was easy, man!” He is amazing.

Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl – From How Paul McCartney Wound Up Playing Drums on “Sunday Rain” | Great Performances (ket.org), November 10, 2017

Last updated on April 11, 2021

Lyrics

You say I take it for granted
I say you've taken it all
Say you can take it or leave it
You got your head in the ceiling
When are you gonna come down?
When you're that high, can you feel it?

Don't leave me drowning in your Sunday rain
It's right down the drain I go
Don't leave me drowning in your Sunday rain
It's always a shame, oh no

You wanna tell me a secret
You think I'm gonna find out
You tell the lie, you should keep it
Don't wanna know where it's leading
Don't want to follow you 'round
My first mistake was believing

Don't leave me drowning in your Sunday rain
It's right down the drain I go
Don't leave me drowning in your Sunday rain
It's always a shame, oh no

Are you a little afraid?
A little alone?
A little exhausted?
Do you give it away?
Do you let go?
Where do you find it?

Don't leave me drowning in your Sunday rain
It's right down the drain I go
Don't leave me drowning in your Sunday rain
It's always a shame, oh no

Don't leave me drowning in your Sunday rain
It's right down the drain I go
Don't leave me drowning in your Sunday rain
It's always a shame, oh no

Are you a little afraid?
A little alone?
A little exhausted?
Do you give it away?
Do you let go?
How do you find it?

Are you a little afraid?
A little alone?
A little exhausted?
Do you give it away?
Do you let go?
How do you find it?

Are you a little afraid?
A little alone?
A little exhausted?
Do you give it away?
Do you let go?

Officially appears on


Concrete And Gold

Official album • Released in 2017

6:11 • Studio versionA

Paul McCartney :
Drums
Dave Grohl :
Guitar
Pat Smear :
Guitar
Greg Kurstin :
Producer, Synthesizer
Foo Fighters :
Producer
Chris Shiflett :
Guitar
Nate Mendel :
Bass
Rami Jaffee :
Organ, Synth, Synthesizer, Wurlitzer piano
Taylor Hawkins :
Lead vocals
Alex Pasco :
Recording engineer
Julian Burg :
Recording engineer
Darrell Thorp :
Mixing engineer, Recording engineer
Brendan Dekora :
Recording engineer
Samon Rajabnik :
Recording engineer
Chaz Sexton :
Assistant recording engineer

Session Recording:
March - April 2017 ?
Studio :
EastWest Studios, Los Angeles, USA

Live performances

Paul McCartney has never played this song in concert.

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Andrés Bekerman 3 years ago

Howdy! Isn't the intro to this song too similar to Lennon's "How do you sleep"? Guitar, vocals, everything sounds so similar! I'd rather think it's some sort of tribute to John, but then I find out Paul McCartney is involved in the song playing the drums... please share your thoghts!


The PaulMcCartney Project 3 years ago

So many years I haven't listened to "How do you sleep" !! Will need to listen to those 2 songs again, to compare by myself !! Thanks Andrés to have spot that !


Tami Sprague 3 years ago

OMG, AMAZING, I can absolutely here "How do you sleep" by John Lennon all through out "Sunday Rain" it just put a smile on my face, I LOVE IT! This was the 1st time i ever heard it! love it!


dan look 2 years ago

its very telling but nice as the writer says


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