James Taylor - Rainy Day Man Lyrics

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What good is that happy lie
All you wanted from the start was to cry

It looks like another fall
Your good friends they don't seem to help at all
When you're feeling kind of cold and small
Just look up your rainy day man

It does you no good to pretend child
You've made a hole much too big to mend
And it looks like you lose again, my friend
Call on your rainy day man

Now rainy day man he don't like sunshine
He don't chase rainbows
He don't need good times
Grey days rolling
Then you'll see him
Empty feeling
Now you need him

All those noble thoughts they just don't belong
You can't hide the truth with a happy song
And since you knew where you stood all along
Just look up your rainy day man

Now simple pleasures they all evade you
Store-bought treasures none can save you
Look for signs to ease the pain
Ask again
Go on and pray for rain

It looks like another fall
Your good friends they don't seem to help at all
When you're feeling kind of cold and small
Just look up your rainy day man
All I need to do is look up my rainy day man

Now what good is that happy lie
All you wanted from the start was to cry
Track Listing
12" Vinyl 1
  • 1 Don't Talk Now
  • 2 Something's Wrong
  • 3 Knocking 'Round the Zoo
  • 4 Sunshine Sunshine
  • 5 Taking It In
  • 6 Something in the Way She Moves
  • 7 Carolina in My Mind
  • 8 Brighten Your Night With My Day
  • 9 Night Owl
  • 10 Rainy Day Man
  • 11 Circle Round the Sun
  • 12 The Blues Is Just a Bad Dream


  • Credits
    publisher: ©EMI Music Publishing
    writers: James V Taylor, Zachary Wiesner
    album: Track 10 in album James Taylor
    release date: 1968
    popularity : 143 users have visited this page.
    genres: Rock Folk, World, & Country
    styles: Folk Rock/Soft Rock
    length: 3:03
    producer: Peter Asher
    drums: Russ Kunkel
    vocal: James Taylor
    mixer: Val Garay
    electric guitar: Danny Kortchmar
    recorded by: Val Garay
    background vocals: Arnold McCuller and David Lasley
    acoustic guitar: James Taylor
    electric piano: Don Grolnick
    assistant mixer: George Ybara
    assistant recorded by: George Ybara
    assistant recorded by additional recorded by: Michael O'Reilly
    additional recorded by assistant recorded by: Lincoln Clapp
    bass guitar: Leland Sklar
    congas: Steve Forman
    organ: Don Grolnick
    waterphone: Steve Forman
    writer: James Taylor
    Album Information
    label: Apple Records
    country(area): Canada
    format: 12" Vinyl
    script: Latin