Buckets of rain, buckets of tears
Got all them buckets comin' out of my ears
Buckets of moonbeams in my hand
You got all the love, honey baby, I can stand

I've been meek and hard like an oak
I've seen pretty people disappear like smoke
Friends will arrive, friends will disappear
If you want me, honey baby, I'll be here

I like your smile and your fingertips
I like the way that you move your hips
I like the cool way you look at me
Everything about you is bringing me misery

Little red wagon, little red bike
I ain't no monkey but I know what I like
I like the way you love me strong and slow
I'm takin' you with me, honey baby, when I go

Life is sad, life is a bust
All you can do is do what you must
You do what you must do and you do it well
I'll do it for you, honey baby, can't you tell?



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    General Comment:"Life is sad, life is a bust, all you can do is do what you must. You do what you must do, and you do it well."

    Words to live by.
    guth1004on November 05, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General Comment:there is a very select group of songs that literally give me chills when i listen to them or read the lyrics. this is one of them.
    stevo124on July 06, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General Comment:i think this song is about different feelings felt for one person during various points in a relationship...but i'm not sure...all i do know is that Blood On The Tracks has nine of the greatest songs ever written, including "Tangled Up In Blue" and "Idiot Wind," but once it gets to the last song, the simplest, most subtle song on the album, every other song fades from memory as if they were never even played...this might no be the best song on Blood, but it's the most important...
    ZinbobDanon May 15, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General Comment:Hmm id shove my money on 'Meet me in the morning' personally as thats an ace song- But this ones good too--What am i saying....they're all good
    Nogtopooon May 18, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General Comment:i love the use of this song in the moonlight mile soundtrack. it just adds so much to the scene. well, dylan makes anyhting better of course...
    urlostinspacelikemeon January 04, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Comment:when it comes to evoking personal emotion and making it universally understood, dylan's number one. he takes things that might seem trivial to some, and makes them into symbolic and beautiful images...this song makes me want to laugh and cry all at once.
    polythenepamon April 13, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Comment:I think this might be the perfect ending song of all time. It's very hard to write a song that sums up the entire theme of an album. The only other one I can think of is "Wake Up" by Alanis Morrisette, but the bonus track sort of screwed that sentiment to pieces. As I think about it, "Shelter from the Storm" is about Dylan finally detatching himself from his ugly relationship with his wife. From what I know, that relationship wasn't the best one on Earth. After he woke up and realized she might not come back, he still put up a candle for her because he still loves her and the candle is this song "Buckets of Rain". He must move on, but there's still a chance that they'll maybe find their way back to that candle and hopefully it relights the fire between them. I doubt if that ever happened, but we can idealize it in our imaginations. Bob Dylan is a master wordsmith and mental artist and I hope these songs live on forever.
    OpinionHeadon June 30, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Comment:this IS the perfect ending song of all time. not only does it sum up everything that the album has done up to the point, it points the way forward. without it at the end, blood on the tracks would be a lot more desolate, a lot more hopeless, and a lot less nuanced. if you've just broken up with someone, do not play you're a big girl now, if you see her say hello or shelter from the storm....play this. it will give you complete and utter closure.
    patobrienon March 23, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Comment:"Everything about you is bringing me
    Misery."
    Bob Dylan songs never cease to amaze me - very very few odes, outright. Rather, he dedicates music to injustice, imperfections, ending.. He's just so non-pop. I love that.
    _ellieon June 28, 2006   Link
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    General Comment:What a way to close an album.
    A_Raging_Bullon November 28, 2008   Link

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