Nitty Gritty Dirt Band - Buy For Me The Rain Lyrics

Buy for me the rain, my darling, buy for me the rain;
Buy for me the crystal pools that fall upon the plain.
And I'll buy for you a rainbow and a million pots of gold.
Buy it for me now, babe, before I am too old.

Buy for me the sun, my darling, buy for me the sun;
Buy for me the light that falls when day has just begun.
And I'll buy for you a shadow to protect you from the day.
Buy it for me now, babe, before I go away.

Buy for me the robin, darling, buy for me the wing;
Buy for me a sparrow, almost any flying thing.
And I'll buy for you a tree, my love, where a robin's nest may grow.
Buy it for me now, babe, the years all hurry so.

I cannot buy you happiness, I cannot by you years;
I cannot buy you happiness, in place of all the tears.
But I can buy for you a gravestone, to lay behind your head.
Gravestones cheer the living, dear, they're no use to the dead.

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  1. Norberto Niebres

    The one time theme to the PBS (Public Broadcasting System) program Market to Market. It was created by Iowa Public Television.

    Norberto Niebres

    A definite classic.

  2. Lovely Givan

    Beautiful Song

  3. Sally O'shea

    I love, love, LOVE this song.

  4. tirsah Ingalls

    I love this song. My parents played this for me since I was a baby. The nostolgia this song inspires is endless. 25 and still rocking this life. Peace to all you beutiful people. This song will live on through my daugter and future kids.

  5. A. R. Henry

    I'd forgotten about this song, I bet it's the first time I've heard it since it was brand new.

  6. Guy Sharwood

    Too many people think they never did anything but Mr. Bojangles. Where's the justice??!!!

  7. Top Turn

    number 1

  8. Alan Olson

    Always thought this was so underrated. Such a great tune.

  9. M1903A1

    "Market to Market" is probably where I first heard was some farm-related show on PBS, didn't note the name at the time. Never gave it a thought until I heard it in the middle of a WLS aircheck, thirty-some years after it came out.

  10. sauquoit13456

    On this day on 1967 {April 15th} the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band performed "Buy For Me The Rain" on the Dick Clark ABC-TV Saturday-afternoon program, 'American Bandstand'...
    At the time the song was at position #67 on Billboard's Top 100 chart, three weeks later it would peak at #45 {for 3 weeks} and surprisingly, it's last week at position #45 was also it's seventh and final week on the Top 100...
    Between 1967 and 1981 the California-formed quintet had eleven* Top 100 records; their biggest hit and only Top 10 record was "Mr. Bojangles", it peaked at #9 {for 3 weeks} in February of 1971...
    They had better success on Billboard's Hot Country Singles chart were they had thirty-one hits, sixteen made the Top 10 with three reaching #1, "Long Hard Road" for 1 week in 1984, "Modern Day Romance" for 1 week in 1985, and "Fishin' In The Dark" for 1 week in 1987...
    They just missing having three more #1 records when "High Horse" {1985}, "Baby's Got A Hold On Me" {1987}, and "I've Been Lookin'" {1988} all peaked at #2 on the Hot Country Singles chart...
    * Their last four Top 100 records were released under the name 'The Dirt Band'...

  11. liar fighter

    This song is also played on the end of Market to Market on Iowa PBS

  12. Giulio Grifi

    Wonderful song...the skies open wide in front of my eyes and my mind whenever I listen to it !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!...thank you very much !!!

  13. Dakota LEW

    Thanks for posting this great song.

  14. Charles Mills

    Who wrote this? I want to reference the correct authors.

    Ronald Lindeboom

    Steve Noonan wrote it. Such a remarkable piece of songcraft it is.

    Charles Mills

    Ronald Lindeboom  Thanks a lot!!!

  15. unclejohnthezef

    thanks! As awesome as this recording is, listen to the live version from stars and stripes: I think it's even sadder and more beautiful:

  16. ed stetter


  17. Ellia Hode Eshye

    gravestones are for the living that's why don't talk bad about the dead, they're listening

  18. Ellia Hode Eshye

    buy for me

  19. Lovely Givan


  20. Roger Borroel

    I bought this record in 1967! I liked it!

  21. R C Bennett

    I was fortunate to see the Dirt Band open for The Doors on Aug. 24th 1967 at the Bushnell Auditorium in Hartford, which was a strange bill but that happened frequently in the 60's. Didn't hear much from them after this hit.

  22. Jerry Jaye

    melody is almost the same as a 2 years LATER hit, by Glen Campbell, "Try a Little Kindness."

  23. Mikey Walsh

    Market to market lol

  24. Robert Hobbs

    I was awaiting deployment to Nam when I first heard this song and its lyrics really said a lot to me then. Hearing it again brings back a flood of memories.

  25. Larry Leese

    I hope this is played at my funeral along with Ripple by the Dead

  26. Larry Leese

    Listen to the lyrics, an anthem to live by. An earlier gentleman said it was from 1969 but not. This was a song from 1967, the year I moved to Oregon. The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band came to Japan while I was living there. They were asked their impression of Japan... the reply? HOT! I agree!

  27. Joshua Brooks

    "Gravestones cheer the living dear, they're no use to the dead..."
    So true.

  28. pmccachren

    Just a beautiful song, music and lyrics.

  29. Austin Riediger

    Next, the market to market report

  30. Doug Stevens

    Love it!

  31. Bob Plumlee

    I remember when they performed this on the TV show ( Laugh In ) back in the late 1960's.


    That video just got posted on here.

  32. listerone

    If you listen carefully to the lyrics you understand just how powerful they are.And that goes double if you're as old as I am.

    Ronald Lindeboom

    Steve Noonan was the writer and he was a master.

  33. ncisducky4ever

    I first heard this song from a sketch from Rowan and Martin's Laugh-In where the band members were dressed in war costumes from different eras fighting each other while Pamela Austin and Roddy Maud-Roxby were in the park blissfully having a romantic picnic and unaware of the fighting going on around them. At the end the band was lying dead and on the tree was a sign that said "Supposed they gave a war and nobody came?". Loved the song because of that. Btw, wasn't lucky enough to see that originally since I was a year old when that came on.

    Denis Rhodes

    the movie is war games

    "Suppose They Gave A War and Nobody Came (also known as War Games, Old Soldiers Never) is a 1970 feature film." -- wikipedia


    You're in luck. It's posted on line here. Just search "Nitty Gritty Dirtband Musical Interlude | Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In | George Schlatter"

  34. Greg Messina

    Nitty Gritty Dirt Band's first two LPs sound eerily similar the Buffalo Springfield, love all three albums

  35. eoj2495

    I remember this on the radio in Miami, WQAM and WFUN around 1967. It's a great tune!

  36. Laura Peace Stafford

    Love this group..lot of good memories.

  37. Laura Peace Stafford

    Love this group..lot of good memories..

  38. Laura Peace Stafford

    Love this group..lot of good memories..

  39. imusfan48

    Epitomizes the late '60's, turbulent times"?

  40. Jennie Davis

    This song hit the charts the day after I lost my young cousins in a car accident - 1 Apr 69....I didn't remember it much since I was a small child, but it was used as the theme music for "Market to Market" on PBS Iowa from the very beginning and still is. Love this song....

    liar fighter

    It still is used on the series and the closing credits on "Market to Market"


    The song has become a staple and a tradition on M-to-M.

    Ronald Lindeboom

    This album was long before 1969. It was released in April of 67 and the single "Buy For Me the Rain" came even earlier. It was on Los Angeles radio, where the band was based, and I remember seeing the band perform the song at the Teen Fair at the Hollywood Palladium in late 1966. It was one of my favorite songs.

  41. Astoria278

    So beautiful & peaceful of a song.

  42. Taylor Coble

    Can't believe it took me many a year of listening to great music before discovering this gem.

  43. transitmechanic

    The movie "The Chicken Chronicles" brought me here...God what a great song!!!

  44. Over Under Sideways Down

    A piece of heaven, this. One of the most beautiful, underappreciated songs of ALL time. The music, the lyrics and vocals so incredible.
    "I cannot buy you happiness in place of all the tears"

    Rick Kernell

    Wow, I didn't think that you could get more incoherent or silly. I apologize, I was wrong. It will be interesting to see what new droppings that you will post next. Will you use logic and reason??? Sorry, I was hallucinating for a moment... 

    Jeff Silverman

    +D*R*E*B*I*N 893 D*R*E*B*I*N 893 Exactly what the fuck is your problem? Didn't get your pathetic ass kicked enough when you were younger? If that's the case, then by all means show your face in Vegas so I can remedy that.

    jeffrey bruce butterfield

    +Jeff Silverman nothing like a dude wh's sure of himself jeff eh?

    Dan The Grand


    darryl nelson

    Bought the Cassette , ~In 1985, at Marin City Flea Market~ Had no idea of the Mystical, enlightment & acceptance this tape brought~

  45. tony tanner

    A great song written by gifted folk poet laureate Steve Noonan.  I had the chance to meet him back in the late 70's in Long Beach, CA.  He would sometimes guest perform at my gigs at the now-defunct Bodega.  A true artist in every sense of the word.

    417 Work

    +tony tanner Did you hang out at McCabe's Guitars on Anaheim?. I worked at the Holland-Thompson Amusement warehouse on Newport St. where the band would practice at night.

  46. Rick Kernell

    I was in Junior High when this came out and I was astounded that this group put out such a wonderful piece of music, It was not played that often on the radio though, so I bought the album. I had to work washing dishes in the evenings to be able to purchase a cheap record player to be able to listen to it, but it was worth every moment. I had not thought about this for a long time and I marvel what we will do for our passions. To everyone who loves music, never forget the works that touch your heart.

  47. MichaelP2341

    I just heard this on Sirius 60's on 6.  Another long lost memory from the 60's rediscovered.  I was 12 and just getting into top-40 when this song was on the radio.  Most of the songs that impacted the most were not the top of the chart songs.  Thanks to WIXY-1260's 60 song survey I was exposed to more music, some by artists who would become famous years later.

    I wish this song was available on CD.  I could not find anything on Amazon.  I'm not into MP3's.  Nothing earlier than Mr. Bojangles, even on comp titled "20 years", only 11 tracks an "Rain" was nowhere to be found :(

    Jeff Krajnak

    available on Dirt , silver and gold. CD

  48. Bobbie Askren

    Happy Birthday Jeff Hanna !! (July 10th)

  49. Ellen Rosenblatt

    this song is a cross between elvis presley and early dean martin.


    Huh?  I hear neither of them here.  This is a fresh original sound, even today in the 21st century.  It's a million miles away from lounge music!


    Agree Michael,the only band that comes close,for me,are The Byrds,great tune that invokes memories.


    + waynenznine
    Someone else here (Greg Messina) mentioned a similarity to Buffalo Springfield. That's a pretty good match, don't you think? (I'm hearing "Nowadays Clancy Can't Even Sing" in my head.)

    Another band whose sound is similar, also comes to mind – McGuinness Flint.

  50. '91 4runner

    Found a cassette tape of these guys in my friends car, that the previous owner left, about a month ago but the label was scratched off so we, everyday still, blast the tape of the "mystery band" at full volume down the road as a tradition. These guys are awesome!

  51. Lydia O'Keefe

    My first date with my husband was at a Nitty Gritty Dirt Band concert in Orange Country. I don't remember which venue and just spent 10 minutes looking for it.  The Golden Bear? Rendezvous?  Harmony Park? It mentions the Paradox club in reference to them, but I don't remember that name at all. ( I have been to the others named ) Ah well. They were great.

  52. Peter Huffman

    My parents were in a folk band called Southwind that did some stuff around the Boston area in the very early 1980s. I found the master reel-to-reel tape of all eight songs they recorded, and a cover of this is on there. Anyone like me to upload this?

    Jacob Burns

    Hell yeah man

  53. RolandTheBigBootMan

    I remember on sunday mornings when I was a kid, my local PBS used to air a show called Market To Market (which used this as their theme song) before they aired all the kids' shows like Sesame Street, Mr. Rogers Neighborhood, and the Electric Company. I've been curious about this song ever since.

  54. grannynara

    I'll be 64 soon...lots of us on here. We remember the good music, don't we? Is there much music out there today that will be remembered when the young people of today are 64?

  55. Stephen S. Peters

    I am almost 60 and I can remember when I first heard this song. Has been with me for all of those years. Just try and keep your foot still. Probably my all thime favorite song.

  56. Bobbie Askren

    Excellent photo montage !! Bravo !!

  57. Mike Hemeon

    So true. "Gravestones cheer the living dear; they're no use to the dead."

    liar fighter

    Most poignant lines from the song

  58. Yermak29

    @megajameskelly I had the same experience, and I'm 61. In fact....I forgot the name and never could find this song until the advent of Google....and finally was able to enter a few lines of the song, and the title popped up. Bought the album. But I could never get the tune out of my head and figured I'd die frustrated until I managed to find it.

    Michael Macek

    The same happened to me .An awesome and haunting song.

  59. MonkeeJuice

    @RoyFive I have that episode on tape! In fact, I have the entire 1st season on tape!

  60. MrNicespaces

    Buy for me this album.

  61. todd windyhill

    1:23 can surely buy me a drink.......and likely more!!! 1967 that is!!

  62. Andymanpr

    Thanks for posting this great song, which I have on a 45, but it sounds much better in stereo.

  63. Gilbert Yslas

    Big fan of the NGDB. These guys have put on great shows throughout the
    years. Sweet memories.

  64. todd windyhill

    @megajameskelly: Mega-dittos!!.......1967-HS Grad, USMMS, BC.........2010-36th Anniv; Daughter is ER MD; no sick days for from work for 39 years; Unemployment.

  65. msstevie1951

    Rocker53zero,thanks for sending this one.I never heard it before but love it! XX ♥

  66. American Born Patriot.


    No, no, it's definitely not them. It's, damn, I'm having an Al Bundy moment right now, what's worse, I can't freakin' hum this via text. : (

  67. American Born Patriot.

    I love this song and I have a question off topic but related to the late 60s. Does anyone who knows of a song released in 1969 that might be called 'You can all get some' ?

  68. Caddy Man

    keaster, it's a different Peter than that. He's a song writer...not the Monkee guy. (Not sure what the Monkees could write? LOL)

  69. Caddy Man this is by Pete Noonan....It's older than you think. It's 1967 and Jackson singing with Pete...but that doesn't even do justice to he says.

  70. 6motion6

    I've been looking for this song also. I have the old 45, but it's not in the best of shape.

    You can search for WLS in You Tube and find some videos of its past. It didn't start as a top 40 station. I haven't listened to it for awhile, but due to today's top 40 music I might not be missing much.

  71. coxmosia1

    Cool that you still have some of the "Silver Dollar Surveys". I gotta find an album with this song on it. :)

    Joshua Brooks

    coxmosia1 I found it on the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band's Greatest Hits cassette.

  72. 6motion6

    Yes! WLS! I collected their "Silver Dollar Surveys" and still have some ranging from 1963-1972.

    I first heard this on WLS, just like you.

  73. American Born Patriot.

    I'm younger than all of you but I'm already aging as I discover this beautiful song now, through Youtube. : (

  74. Class-X

    Thanks Casey. I know he's on a Linda Rondstadt album I used to have but can't remember which one.

  75. daysailor4055

    who wrote this song?....I saw something that said Mike Nesmith from the that true?

  76. Seth Ashland

    From IPTV's Market To Market

  77. coxmosia1

    I love this song, from the moment I heard it on WLS radio station in Chicago. Perfect song to listen to in your fifties, as I am. iTunes doesn't have this version.Thanks for posting it.

  78. anita2u

    Beautiful video - thanks for posting.

  79. nolnik

    I love the NGDB, but I'll always remember listening to this as the theme to "Market to Market" on PBS as a kid when I was waiting for Doctor Who to come on...

  80. Class-X

    Anyone know if Chris Darrow was on this recording?

  81. stadalberts

    Best song they ever did. Thanks for putting it out there for us.

  82. WARDMAN3

    I have always loved this song. beautiful melody and instrumentation. There is that commercial on TV for a prescription drug that always reminds me of this song.

  83. 6motion6

    Not only the string arrangement, but the harmonies! The lyrics are magical and evoke for me walking outside on a beautiful spring day with someone I love.

  84. Stacela

    I used to watch the re-runs of Laugh In all the time, but I don't think I ever saw those bands on there. I guess I missed those.

  85. Stacela

    yes, thats right they did; that's when I first heard this song. It was on the re-runs of Laugh In.

  86. NancyG62

    I love this song! All so true. Thanks for posting!

  87. Mark Jacobs

    Beautiful song. Wonderful string arrangement.
    Thanks for posting.