Song Lyric Sunday — Butch and Sundance

For this week’s Song Lyric Sunday theme, Jim Adams has asked us to select a song that was featured in a film and that made the charts. There are a bunch of them, but I decided to go with the hit song from B. J. Thomas, “Raindrops Keep Falling on My Head,” featured in the movie “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid.”

“Raindrops Keep Falling on My Head” was written by Burt Bacharach and Hal David for the 1969 film Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, starring Paul Newman and Robert Redford. It was the first million-seller for the legendary songwriters. The single by B. J. Thomas reached No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 charts for four weeks in January 1970 and was also the first American number 1 hit of the 1970s. The song won the Oscar for Best Song From A Motion Picture at the 1970 awards, where Thomas performed it. Bacharach also won for Best Film Score.

B. J. Thomas was, at the time, recording for Scepter Records, which was also home of Dionne Warwick, who recorded many hit songs penned Bacharach and David. She took a copy of Thomas’ song “Hooked On A Feeling” to Bacharach, who was working on a score for the film. She convinced him to consider Thomas, and although he was reluctant at first, Burt asked Thomas to sing the movie’s main theme. Interestingly, the song had already been turned down by Bob Dylan and Ray Stevens.

Thomas said that he was getting over laryngitis when he recorded this for the movie, and that gave the song a raspy quality that the producers of the movie liked. Eight weeks later, Thomas recorded another version that was released as a single in October 1969, and that was the version that was the big hit. The song describes somebody who overcomes his troubles and worries by realizing that “it won’t be long ’till happiness steps up to greet me.” That pretty much described what happen to B. J. Thomas. He admitted that, “I was in the right place at the right time, and probably got their best song ever.”

Here are the lyrics for the song.

Raindrops are falling on my head
And just like the guy whose feet
Are too big for his bed
Nothing seems to fit
Those raindrops
Are falling on my head
They keep falling.

So I just did me some
Talking to the sun
And I said I didn’t like the way
He got things done
Sleeping on the job
Those raindrops
Are falling on my head
They keep fallin’

But there’s one thing I know
The blues they send to meet me
Won’t defeat me, it won’t be long
Till happiness
Steps up to greet me

Raindrops keep falling on my head
But that doesn’t mean my eyes
Will soon be turning red
Crying’s not for me ’cause,
I’m never gonna stop the rain
By complaining,
Because I’m free
Nothing’s worrying me

It won’t be long
Till happiness
Steps up to greet me

Raindrops keep falling on my head
But that doesn’t mean my eyes
Will soon be turning red
Crying’s not for me cause,
I’m never gonna stop the rain
By complaining,
Because I’m free, ’cause nothing’s worrying me

12 thoughts on “Song Lyric Sunday — Butch and Sundance

  1. CARAMEL January 30, 2022 / 4:20 am

    I know this song so well. I had a toy that played it when I was a kiddo. But I had no idea it was written for this film. Jack is surprised I have never seen the movie.

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    • Fandango January 30, 2022 / 10:02 am

      It’s a great movie. You should watch it!

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  2. newepicauthor January 30, 2022 / 7:13 am

    B. J. Thomas should probably get an umbrella. Nice selection Fandango and a great post to go along with your song.

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  3. Susan St.Pierre January 30, 2022 / 9:07 am

    An exceptional choice! Gosh, that movie and song defined my more innocent and dreamy time of my early teens. Thanks for stirring special memories. ❤

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  4. leigha66 February 3, 2022 / 10:01 pm

    I have always loved this song. Great back story on it!

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