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"Let It Rain" is a song and single written and released by the British rock musician Eric Clapton and Bonnie Bramlett; it appears on his 1970 debut studio album Eric Clapton. It is the third and final single that was released from the album.[1]

"Let It Rain"
Let It Rain Japan Cover.jpg
Single by Eric Clapton
from the album Eric Clapton
B-side"Easy Now"
Format7" vinyl
Songwriter(s)Eric Clapton and Bonnie Bramlett
Producer(s)Delaney Bramlett
Eric Clapton singles chronology
"Blues Power"
"Let It Rain"
"I Shot the Sheriff"

Like Clapton's "Strange Brew", the song was originally recorded with other lyrics. The original version, titled "She Rides", is available on the expanded edition of the album.



AllMusic writer Matthew Greenwald notes, the song is "led by a striking electric guitar riff" with "the melody [being] woven elegantly around the simple, almost folk-like chord changes". Speaking to the lyrics, the critic recalled "the clever use of "rain" and "reign" regarding the power of love is the core here" and thinks that "Clapton and Bramlett utilize it quite well". Regarding the instrumental music work on the title, Greenwald finishes his song analysis by stating the "song has some striking instrumental sections, including a lovely, brief section by Stephen Stills".[2] The song is in the key of D major.[3] The melody has a strong resemblance to Stills' own song "Questions", recorded by both Buffalo Springfield and Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young.


The song was released with the B-side of "Easy Now" in 1972 on a 7" vinyl gramophone record.[4] Besides being released as a single in 1972 and on the original album in 1970, the song is featured on various compilation albums, including Eric Clapton at His Best (1972), Backtrackin' (1984), Crossroads (1988), The Cream of Clapton (1995) and Complete Clapton (2007).[2] A live interpretation of the track can be found on the video album Live at Montreux 1986, released on September 19, 2006.[5] In total, the track has been released on over 15 albums.[2] Live concert versions by Derek & the Dominoes are featured on their albums In Concert (1973) and Live at the Fillmore (1994).

Critical receptionEdit

In his review of Clapton's debut album, AllMusic critic Stephen Thomas Erlewine likes that the title "features extended solos". He also notes, that the song consists of a "pop element".[6] Fellow critic Greenwald recalls the piece as "one of Eric Clapton's first self-written classics" and goes on to say the song "showcased the influence that Delaney Bramlett" had on Clapton at the time.[2] Robert Christgau finds in his album review that "Let It Rain" deserves a "classic status".[7]

Chart positionsEdit

Weekly chartsEdit

Chart (1972) Peak
Australia (Kent Music Report)[8] 99
Canadian Top Singles (RPM)[9] 42
US Billboard Hot 100[10] 48


  1. ^ "Eric Clapton – Let It Rain –". Ö3 Austria Top 40. Stefan Hung – Hung Medien. Retrieved August 17, 2015.
  2. ^ a b c d Greenwald, Matthew. "Let It Rain – Eric Clapton | Listen, Appearances, Song Review". AllMusic. San Jose, California: Rovi Corporation. Retrieved August 17, 2015.
  3. ^ "Let It Rain Chords by Eric Clapton @ Ultimate-Guitar.Com". Retrieved August 17, 2015.
  4. ^ "Let It Rain by Eric Clapton Songfacts". Songfacts. Retrieved August 17, 2015.
  5. ^ "ERIC CLAPTON LIVE AT MONTREUX". Where's Eric!. Retrieved May 21, 2016.
  6. ^ Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. "Eric Clapton – Eric Clapton". AllMusic. San Jose, California: Rovi Corporation. Retrieved August 17, 2015.
  7. ^ Christgau, Robert. "Eric Clapton [Polydor, 1970]". Retrieved August 17, 2015.
  8. ^ Kent, David (1993). Australian Chart Book 1970–1992. St Ives, N.S.W.: Australian Chart Book. ISBN 0-646-11917-6. Note: This reference gives Australian albums and singles information. It is used for chart peak positions as early materials were released before ARIA regulated the Australian charts itself (1989).
  9. ^ "Top Singles – Volume 18, No. 11, October 28, 1972". RPM Magazine. Library and Archives Canada. October 28, 1972. Retrieved August 17, 2015.
  10. ^ "Eric Clapton | Awards | AllMusic". AllMusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved August 17, 2015.

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