Tom T. Hall - I Hope It Rains At My Funeral Lyrics




Can't send no fourteen year-old boy to no school
The only thing I learned in the years I worked on my daddy's farm
Was, "son, you better get them crops in when it turns cool."

In the magazines, I saw the naked women
I heard about the drinkin' and the bars
If my daddy could've caught me, he'd a-killed me
He said, "you might run, boy, but you ain't gonna get far."

I hit town or you might say that it hit me
Next mornin' there were things I knew more about

The woman who had taken me in said, "country boy, you're all right."
The same way I turned her on, she turned me out
The first law I broke, right away they got me
I helped them build the country roads for awhile
They fed me two times a day and knocked me down about four

For thirty days I didn't even crack a smile

I met a nice girl and she said I was her baby
She let me go and would never tell me why
I learned what it means to be somebody's baby
They let you lie in your bed by yourself and cry

The miles were good but the mileage is turnin' my hair gray
I've met some people that knew me and call me friend
Ain't no sense in wantin' my life to live over
I'd find different ways to make those mistakes again

So let me say this, I never tried to hurt anybody
Though I guess there's a few that I still couldn't look in the eye
If I've got one wish, I hope it rains at my funeral
For once, I'd like to be the only one dry





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  1. bullet

    Love his music

  2. moe17moe

    Why does country music needs to be saved? It has been around for a while ,and not going anywhere.

  3. Mark Morris

    The way I turned her on , she turned me out , pure country

  4. jdawgshomestead

    RIP Tom... you and Johnny telling the tall tales over there now

  5. Linda Dustin

    Mighty fine, mighty fine, Our JESUS is mighty fine, 100% JESUS not 99.999999.

  6. Rebecca Scott

    Tom T Hall comforts me. I thank God for him and CCR

  7. riplstrip

    Simply Brilliant, the message speaks more than the words, as do all his songs.

  8. Randy Fletcher

    Love Tom T.

  9. Kristal Price

    My papaw would play tom music while. Cruising. In the back roads of Kentucky i miss those days. 2-2-020 Saturday

  10. Janet Pitts

    I love rain, always have, I'd be quite pleased if it rained on my funeral day but I'd never know!! Good ole boy Tom T. Hall!

  11. Scott McClure McClure

    I was wondering if y'all could help me.
    I've been looking for a bad Tom T Hall song for over 50 years with no luck.

  12. Sally Fischer

    Great harp !!!!

  13. midnight rider

    Yes,sir...old country,the best

  14. Jerry D'Arezzo

    You heard of Wayland Jennings. You heard of George Jones. Please let the Juke joints into trad give this Cat some airing.

  15. SharkSport

    Is he saying he hope's it rains so noone will miss a day ploughing the fields?

    Euel Hensley

    No he said he hopes it rains so he’s the only one dry, so he can have peace for once.

  16. jack bobrick

    For 30 days I forgot how to smile,,,If I could live my life over, I'd probably walk down that same old road,,,again, even knowing where it would end,,

  17. Johnny Arrowman

    One of the greats.

  18. GunsAndPoker

    I’m happiest when it rains. I like it.

  19. Melvin cash

    I like them naked women too Tom.

  20. Brendan Flannery

    My father from Ireland came out as a child 1 brother 2 sisters the old guy in the sky was what he loved rain was what a real farmer looked for live long and rest in the halls of our fathers newest man to stand tall Tony

  21. Brenley Forrester

    He saw the naked women in the magazines.

  22. Michael Bacon

    Seriously, this is a powerfully great storytelling song from a legend. 👍👍😊

  23. Michael Bacon

    "When my time comes, I want to be buried face down. So anybody who doesn't like me, can kiss my ass!" Red Forman

  24. Donald Goss

    There you go.

  25. G Charles Langis

    When I was a kid in Brentwood Tn. a buddy of mine got me a job cleaning Tom's tour bus before and after runs. Really nice guy . Back when a regular guy like me, could run into any number of country stars, and they didnt have to worry about being mobbed by fans or worst paparazzi . Back then I worked at the carwash, not far from where Tom's bus was kept. I would regularly take the wheel of wynonna or Naomi's Judds black Mercedes Benz they would always be toghether. I didn't know untill someone told me who they were. They both were the most down to earth, genuinely nice, people. As was tom and many other country music stars I had the privilege to meet.

  26. fishhuntadventure

    There’s few who wrote/write songs like this. And then deliver it with power. Nanci Griffith, Hank Senior, Alan Jackson... Merle Haggard was king of the delivery, Taylor Swift could turn a lyric and deliver it (albeit a little shallow) and Brad Paisley can tell a story, but Tom T Hall just was beyond compare.
    Like this song: a whole lifetime squeezed into thirty minutes of imagery and put out in song in under 4 minutes. THAT is a legend.

  27. JRCinKY

    Man, I've been there too.

  28. Ryan Neuwirth

    I love beer

  29. born2soon

    My Air Force roommate, Stanton Sharp, claimed to be Tom T's cousin. I spoke to Stan's mother once when I answered the dorm phone. She said SHE was Tom's cousin. Her name was Wilma Hall. I guess that WOULD
    make Stan his cousin. I wish I could find Stan's grave in Keenen West Virginia.

  30. DJT2020

    When country was country

    Jeff Sartain

    DJT2020 It is total 🐂 today.

  31. Blue

    Takes you back to the days

  32. Conrad McDowell

    Real CLASSIC COUNTRY, not the crap they serve today!!!!

  33. JIMMY JUKEBOX420

    There's An Old Wife's Tale:
    IF it rains on the day of the funeral , It's A Sign The Dead Person Is Going To Hell

    Gregorio Urbani

    What idiot come up with that one.....

    Raccoon Little bear

    I have heard that if it rains or snows @ your funeral then you are going to heaven. We'll see.

    JIMMY JUKEBOX420

    @Raccoon Little bear
    Hi , My Dad Born February 4 1924 and His Brother-in-law Both Told Me in 1979 at The Funeral of Shirley's Husband and Shirley's Mother "Evelyn" is my dad's sister,
    Anyway Rain At A Funeral
    Is A Very Bad Omen That Goes
    Back Hundreds of years.
    This Man abused Shirley Non Stop EveryDay They Were Married.
    And He was mean and Abusive and he died by drinking too much and passing out in the bath tub

  34. Sally Fischer

    One of the everlasting heros of the good old country scene.

  35. MK 23

    Yesterday I was thinking about my funeral and I said to myself : "I hope it will be a rainy day" and by fate or call you whatever you want, but here I am 👍🏿👍🏿👍🏿

  36. monkeyboy1971

    Tom T Hall has always reminded me of my Dad. Not just his appearance, but also the autobiographical nature of songs like this one , remind me of the few stories I heard from my Dad before he passed away.

  37. Jake Rogers

    Precious memories, take me back to the good ol days!

  38. Blue Feather LF

    I hope it rains when I go.

  39. tom cass

    Was he even mention in Ken Burns doc?

    Sgt. Mullins

    He gave comment several times. Wasn't mentioned as a performer, best of my recollection but shared his experiences of the times.
    Well spoken and respectful. A living legend in his own right in proper Country Music.

  40. John Doe

    This is smooth as Tennessee whiskey. This is sweet as strawberry wine. This is warm as a glass of brandy. This is country.

  41. Jeff Sartain

    Country poet.

  42. George Washington

    Real shit... They don't make them like this anymore.

  43. B E

    Greatest storyteller in music history

    Sarah Deshay

    Can’t disagree but Marty Robbins is right up there with him.

  44. Death Squatch

    I don't just hope it rains at my funeral. I hope it floods.

  45. Wes Coker

    Not allowed insiide her brother and dad hate me and dont trust me in the house

  46. JahRasta01

    Very fortunate to have been introduced to this music

  47. SIXPACFISH

    Now that is a mighty fine song.

  48. Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta

    Listened to so much Tom T. Hall as a kid...my favourite one is still "Sneaky Snake"

  49. Ernest King

    The name "
    Resurrecting Country Music" really touches me because it's a shame it even has to be resurrected..I'm only in my 50's and the reason I'm here is because I wanted the words and listed to "Old Dogs and Children"..I have to play at a Seniors Complex here in Newfoundland Canada and last time I played there, I got a request to play this song..SO, after 24 hours, I can play the song without looking at the words. No matter where I play, traditional Country music is all I play, all I now, all I wanna know..BUT I need to ask, Is there more I can do to help resurrect Country music??Today, what they call country music is an absolute embarrassment to the industry.. Keep those great songs comin', I'll never tire of them!!

    Sgt. Mullins

    Sir,
    In my humble opinion please keep playing and giving honor to what Country Music was. Today's country music is what I call Pop Music. It has no meaning, no guts or balls. Kitty Wells, Loretta Lynn and Tammy Wyanette respectively had more guts and balls than all these modern day fools. Today they sing into a computer with pitch perfect software and a cow or crow would sound good. It is about how they look and marketing of their trashy output.
    Our Country Music of years gone by is all we have. Play it, pick it and sing it. I try.
    With respect,
    Sgt. Mullins

  50. Wesley Hite

    a man from my home town would get drunk on vanilla extract and after shave. I guess it's true, 'there really is something about an Aqua Vela man.'

  51. Gustavo Arellano

    Good old songs that are real music

  52. Hay Day Tinker Terri

    This song reminds me of my Grandmother’s graveside service in 1994. It started raining so hard and remained that way all during that time until after the service ended. It had been a clear day up until then. Many of us wondered if she had something to do with it since my Grandmother had been such a character all her life. We could see her doing something like that if she was able. I love you Grandma.❤️

  53. Mallory Ames

    Tom was a bad ass

  54. SHAWN MOLLETT

    A LIFETIME OF MEMORIES, AND THE 3MIN SONG WHICH IT IS TOLD.

  55. Fidlstyks

    I think the man has lived more than most people and certainly knows more about life and living than alot of artists.

    yrag J

    Kind of a losers lament...but not in a bad way

  56. Teresa McClanahan

    🎶♥️🎶

  57. Kristal Price

    They say when rains at some one funeral that mean they at peace.and in heaven...

  58. Stephen Mahala

    Kinda makes you feel like most of his stories were real

  59. Josh Scott

    All I can say is YEP! LOL😎

  60. Tim Cantrell

    What happened to country music ? At best it's in a state of severe decline.

    Jim w

    Big money interests that control it today, that's what happened. I will say this; the people that control it are not true country fans, nor do they like the people that the music originally sprang from.

    Raccoon Little bear

    Check out Colter Wall. A young singer/songwriter, who is bringing back real country & western musicd

  61. David Scott

    Another great songwriter. Is he still alive, if not. RIP.

  62. Hoghunta Texas

    What a song.

  63. Thomas Harper

    It is live always

  64. Eric Miggins

    A man with forty acres plowed and planted
    Can't send no fourteen year old boy to no school
    The only thing I learned in the years I worked on my daddy's farm, was
    "Son, you better get them crops in when it turns cool"

    In the magazines, I saw the naked women
    I heard about the drinkin' and the bars
    If my daddy could've caught me, he'd a-killed me
    He said, "You might run, boy, but you ain't gonna get far"

    I hit town or you might say that it hit me
    Next mornin' there were things, I knew more about
    The woman who had taken me in said, "Country boy, you're all right"
    The same way, I turned her on, she turned me out

    The first law I broke, right away they got me
    I helped them build the country roads for awhile
    They fed me, two times a day and knocked me down about four
    For thirty days I didn't even crack a smile

    I met a nice girl and she said I was her baby
    She let me go and would never tell me why
    I learned what it means, to be somebody's baby
    They let you lie in your bed by yourself and cry

    The miles were good but the mileage is turnin' my hair gray
    I've met some people that knew me and call me friend
    Ain't no sense in wantin' my life to live over
    I'd find different ways to make those mistakes again

    So let me say this, I never tried to hurt anybody
    Though I guess there's a few, that I still couldn't look in the eye
    If I've got one wish, I hope it rains at my funeral
    For once, I'd like to be the only one dry

  65. Jeffery Matuszak

    The same way I turned her on, she turned me out....

  66. Shawn Beck

    My,Daddy. HEB! was 6'6 320 pds. He's been dead 20 some yrs! I can still hear his voice. You can run! But you can not hide! People don't change unless, Hit by lighting or Jesus gets a hold of em. Shawn

  67. Christopher Hitson

    Have heard the same from my dad. Dont run boy you won't get far and I know where you sleep. Went half crazy in my teens and early 20's but learnt enough from him that I turned out alright after all.

  68. John

    Screw em all but six.






    We need palbearers.

  69. shadow run

    great story singer! grew up listening to him. CFGM.. best station.. then KISS crap station, 1980's, took OVER!!

  70. MADDOG productions

    CLASSIC>><<

  71. Michael Hughes

    I met a nice girl and she said I was her baby. She let me go and would never tell me why. I learned what it means to be somebody's baby: they let you lay in your bed by yourself and cry.

  72. Sticks-of-TNT

    I think the 'T' in Tom T's name stands for Truth:
    "Ain't no sense in wanting my life to live over, I'd find different ways to make those mistakes again."

    Amen to those sentiments T!

  73. jonaverette

    Ain't no fun when at least half the song applies to you.

  74. Sticks-of-TNT

    The father of the boy in the song reminded me of my own dad, an ex-state trooper and infantry veteran of WWII, Korea & Vietnam: “You might run boy, but you ain’t gonna’ get far.” I’m glad all my own children were girls. The thought that the boy later BECOMES the father always terrified me. I spoiled my girls as a result, but they all turned out great. Now I’m spoiling my grandchildren, boys and girls alike— eight so far. My dad died at age 85 (1916-2001) and I believe he could have knocked me out cold up until his last few months, although I was once an Army soldier myself; 6’4” & 250 lbs.

  75. Steven Adkins

    This song damn!!! His song writing blows me away!!

  76. muffmann70

    nice song

  77. allen cathey

    one of the best singer song writers ever. the old story teller.

  78. Mr. Lineman

    great lineman song !!!!

  79. gog3d

    got turned on to him when watched jimmy martins "king of bluegrass" and one of his hounds was named tom t hall

  80. We all Seek the same

    Love it!!

  81. wilfred heggart

    yes devon i love you my boyfriend your azmzing dustan my lover

  82. s mc

    Great song.

    I hope it rains at my funeral for a completely different reason.....
    .....I would FINALLY know who my REAL FRIENDS are.

  83. Neil Ladd

    Listen to Dad.

  84. Linda Dustin

    EPH 2:8-9. Funny how religion hides the beautiful truth. ALL JESUS ALL FINISHEd ADD NOTHiNG.Cant mess up perfect.

  85. hookalakah

    Characteristically brilliant songs about real life, but that's always been Tom T.'s stock-in-trade.

  86. Farley Hill

    His earlier stuff was a lot more cheerful.
    Guess were we are all growing up with Tom T.

  87. Originaluncleagent

    I used to play this one on WLIZ Radio in Lake Worth, FL. 'LIZ was owned by the late Sam Phillips. I was a DJ there and learned so much from him. I keep in touch with "Sally" every chance I get. Being a DJ was so very SPECIAL. It was WONDERFUL!

  88. Helen Jackman

    GOD is angry with Californians, drying up for the first time in history. I hope it rains on every ones funeral for a year.

    memnok magee

    Helen Jackman fn religious nut just HAS to add her 2 cents of bs

  89. BibleBeliever

    that harmonica tho.

  90. Sylvester Moran

    listen to Tom T forever..

  91. larry teubner

    FUCK TACO BELL HELL

  92. xcking falcon

    awesome

  93. Mike Seyssens

    I have been listening to Tom T's music for over 40 years, love just about all of his music but this song hits home like no other! "Ain't no sense in doing anything over I would just find another way to make the same mistakes again" This nails it for me..

  94. humpty79ify

    Tom T. Hall ,true country legend . Enough said. Today's country music is not even country. 😝

    Steve WW1

    sad but true

  95. Jackie Dickerson

    One of the best ever

  96. Robert Marks

    Great tune

  97. redwhiteandblueLion

    a great song from the storyteller.......as always

  98. John Payne

    Truth sometimes, always greater than fiction, just listen to these analogies, they're all true somewhere in someone's life and heart! Thanks for sharing, Tom!