Slim Harpo - Rainin' In My Heart

First performance: 06/05/1988


Bruce soundchecked the song only once and played it once as a snippet : 
1988-05-06 Tacoma Dome, Tacoma, WA
The song was performed during a fantastic soundcheck in 1988 . The soundcheck includes "Rainin' In My Heart" (not the Buddy Holly song with the same title), "Big Boss Man" (first recorded by Jimmy Reed but also by Elvis Presley), "Let It Be Me" (The Everly Brothers, also soundchecked in Atlanta in March) with Nils taking lead vocals, "Cathy's Clown" and "Crying In The Rain" (both also The Everly Brothers) and both "Rock And Roll Music" and "Sweet Little Sixteen" by Chuck Berry. The second song of the soundcheck has historically been titled "The Way You Walk", however a little investigation has revealed it to be John Lee Hooker's "Dimples". Perhaps Bruce had considered including the song in the Express Tour set, but instead settled on "Boom Boom" which will be premiered four days after this show in Bloomington, MN.
  • Snippet

2021-09-15 SiriusXM Studio, New York City
The 'From My Home to Yours' series continues with Episode 28, themed "Money Honey". During a discussion of Slim Harpo, he also sings snippets of "I'm A King Bee", "Rainin' In My Heart", and "I Got Love If You Want It".


"Rainin' in My Heart" is a song written by James Moore (aka Slim Harpo) and Jerry West (an alias used by J. D. "Jay" Miller) and performed by Harpo. It was featured on his 1961 album Slim Harpo Sings "Raining in My Heart..."

Bruce on the artist

2021-09-15 SiriusXM Studio, New York City
During The 'From My Home to Yours' series Episode 28 Bruce talks about Slim Harpo :
" That's one of my favorite bluesmen, Slim Harpo. "I'm Talkin'", "I'm a king bee, buzzin' around your hive". I'm talkin', "Rainin' in my heart". I'm talkin', "Got love if you want it"", got love if you want it". I'm talkin', (sings), "Come here baby, scratch my back". All Slim Harpo. Bad ass. Great, great groove. Born in Lobdell, Louisiana, influenced by Jimmy Reed, my other favorite bluesman. Slim had a swamp groove, made him a favorite of all the '60s blues-rock British combos such as The Rolling Stones, who did a nice cover of "King Bee". As did The Castiles, back in 1966. Now "Baby Scratch My Back", of course, that was a huge hit, reaching Number. 1 in the R&B charts and making all the way to No. 16 in the pop charts. "Oh yeah, baby, scratch my back".


Rainin' in my heart
Since we've been apart
I know I was wrong
Baby, please come home
You got me cryin'
'Bout to lose my mind
Don't let me cry in vain
Try my love just once, again
Honey, I need your love
Darlin', you know why
If you would come back home
They'll be no need for me to cry
Raining in my heart
Since we been apart
I know I was wrong
Baby, please come home