I Can’t Stand The Rain chords by Ann Peebles


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I Can’t Stand The Rain | Chords + Lyrics (key of A)


Intro

| A7 | A7 |

Verse 1

| A7 | A7 | A7 | A7 |
I can’t stand the rain, against my window, bringing back sweet memories.
| A6 | A6 | D6 | A6 |
Hey window pane, do you remember, how sweet it used to be.

Chorus 1

| G | G | A | A |
When we were together, yeah, everything was so grand.
| C | C | Bm7 | E7 |
Now that we’ve parted, there’s just one sound that I just can’t stand.

Verse 2

| A7 | A7 | D7 | A7 |
I can’t stand the rain, against my window, bringing back sweet memories.
| A6 | A6 | D7 | A6 |
I can’t stand the rain, against my window, ’cause he not here with me.

Chorus 2

| G5 | G5 | A | A |
Oh, where the pillow, where his head used to lay, yeah.
| C | C | Bm7 | E7 |
I know you’ve got some sweet memories, but like the window, you ain’t got nothing to say. Yeah.

Instrumental

| A A6 Aadd9 | G Gadd9 | A A6 Aadd9 | C |

Verse 3

| A6 | A6 | D7 | A7 |
Well, I can’t stand the rain, against my window, bringing back sweet memories.
| A6 | A6 | D7 | A7 |
I can’t stand the rain, against my window, yeah, ’cause you’re not here with me.
| A7 | A7 | D7 | A7 |
I can’t stand the rain. Yeah. I can’t stand the rain. Mm-hm.



I Can’t Stand The Rain | Chords + Lyrics (original key)


Intro

| Ab7 | Ab7 |

Verse 1

| Ab7 | Ab7 | Ab7 | Ab7 |
I can’t stand the rain, against my window, bringing back sweet memories.
| Ab7 | Ab7 | Db7 | Ab7 |
Hey window pane, do you remember, how sweet it used to be.

Chorus 1

| Gb | Gb | Ab | Ab |
When we were together, yeah, everything was so grand.
| B | B | Bbm7 | Eb7 |
Now that we’ve parted, there’s just one sound that I just can’t stand.

Verse 2

| Ab7 | Ab7 | Db7 | Ab7 |
I can’t stand the rain, against my window, bringing back sweet memories.
| Ab7 | Ab7 | Db7 | Ab7 |
I can’t stand the rain, against my window, ’cause he not here with me.

Chorus 2

| Gb | Gb | Ab | Ab |
Oh, where the pillow, where his head used to lay, yeah.
| B | B | Bbm7 | Eb7 |
I know you’ve got some sweet memories, but like the window, you ain’t got nothing to say. Yeah.

Instrumental

| Ab Ab6 Abadd9 | Gb Gbadd9 | Ab Ab6 Abadd9 | B |

Verse 3

| Ab7 | Ab7 | Db7 | Ab7 |
Well, I can’t stand the rain, against my window, bringing back sweet memories.
| Ab7 | Ab7 | Db7 | Ab7 |
I can’t stand the rain, against my window, yeah, ’cause you’re not here with me.
| Ab7 | Ab7 | Db7 | Ab7 |
I can’t stand the rain. Yeah. I can’t stand the rain. Mm-hm.


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I Can’t Stand The Rain Chords: Learn the progressions!


I Can't Stand The Rain 8 step by step guitar lessons

Ann Peebles‘s I Can’t Stand The Rain is not just a blues, it’s more complicated than that.

Let’s analyze this very clever tune, we’ll stick to the key of A which I play in as that’s easier than the original key of Ab.

The intro is an A7 arpeggio. For the verse, we either continue playing the arpeggio riff or play a standard A to A6 honky-tonk part. This is then moved to the D chord as well.

You could describe I Can’t Stand The Rain’s verse chords as a 12-bar Blues, but without a turnaround, like this:

| A6 | A6 | D6 | A6 |
| A6 | A6 | D6 | A6 |
| A6 | A6 | D6 | A6 |

The chorus is much more adventurous starting on a bVIIx/backdoor dominant (G) before we go back to A, then a C (bIIIx), before we resolve with a II – V. Like this:

| G | G | A | A |
| C | C | Bm7 | E7 |

You could see these chords as a modal interchange as well, borrowing the C and G chords from the key of Am.

In the course, we start with playing the main riff all over the neck. The course preview video above does this in the open position. Here’s TAB for what I’m talking about:

I Can't Stand The Rain TAB for the main riff in the open position.

Make sure you can see all intervals played as this is how you’ll be able to play this riff all over the neck.

In this first lesson, we next look at the remaining CAGED shapes as they appear so G, E D, and C.

Following this, we move this to a D, honky tonk, and look at the instrumental/solo section before I play the complete song with a singer and give you all the TAB.

All this takes five guitar lessons (steps), for the next three lessons, we look at creating a 2nd guitar so we can play it together as well as play the vocal melody.

Without a doubt, playing I Can’t Stand The Rain’s vocal melody is the most challenging part of the entire intermediate acoustic course.

Here’s a link to the complete lesson series (members only): I Can’t Stand The Rain – Guitar lessons with TAB.

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I Can’t Stan The Rain’s has many famous covers!

I Can’t Stand The Rain has been recorded by many artists. Humble Pie recorded their version in 1974, and so did Ronnie Wood in 1975.

Eruption had their biggest hit with the song in 1978, and Lowell George (of Little Feet) dropped his version in 1979.

Tina Turner released her version in 1984 on the album Private Dancer and then the following year as a single.

Bad Manners recorded their version in 1993 and Missy Elliot decided that it was enough to just sample the chorus for her track The Rain (Supa Dupa Fly) in 1997.

Sam Moore (of Sam & Dave) recorded his version in 2006 and as recently as 2008, Seal decided that he should include I Can’t Stand The Rain on his album Soul.

I’ve included these cover versions of I Can’t Stand The Rain in the playlist at the top of this page.



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Ann Peebles

Ann Peebles is an internationally acclaimed singer and songwriter, best known for her popular Memphis soul albums of the 70s on Hi Records.

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