‘Blue Eyes Crying in the Rain’ by Willie Nelson sings about parting lovers, only to reminisce and regret about leaving your lover behind.

Blue Eyes Crying in the Rain, Willie Nelson

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There are moments in life where you question yourself if the sacrifices you intend to make are worth the cost. And most of the time, it is often your own happiness and love that is bartered for something that may not even be worthwhile. The regret that is felt here is certainly established in the song ‘Blue Eyes Crying in the Rain.’ 

Check out the lyrics below:

In the twilight glow I see them
Blue eyes cryin’ in the rain
When we kissed goodbye and parted
I knew we’d never meet again
Love is like a dyin’ ember
Only memories remain
Through the ages I’ll remember
Blue eyes cryin’ in the rain
[…]
Now my hair has turned to silver
All my life I’ve loved in vain
I can see her star in heaven
Blue eyes crying in the rain
For one reason or another, the singer of the song had left his lover, in order to pursue something that he thought was worthwhile at the time. But later, he shows deep regret with what he did.

Origins

The song is originally written by songwriter Fred Rose. It was originally performed by Roy Acuff and has been covered by many artists, such as Hank Williams Sr., Ferlin Husky, Conway Twitty, Elvis Presley, and Charley Pride.

Hank Williams Sr., Now my hair has turned to silver All my life I've loved in vain I can see her star in heaven Blue eyes crying in the rain

Hank Williams Sr. / Lone Star Music

‘Blue Eyes Crying in the Rain’ hit mainstream success when Willie Nelson recorded it as part of his 1975 album ‘Red Headed Stranger.’ As a result, both the song and the album would become iconic in country music history. And, it would jump-start Nelson’s success both as a singer and as a recording artist.

Willie’s ‘Blue Eyes Crying in the Rain’

The version by Nelson was recorded for his concept album ‘Red Headed Stranger,‘  which  was about a fugitive preacher on the run from the law after killing his wife.

Bill Malone, a country music historian called the concept album as:

“a fine example of clean, uncluttered country music, [with] a spare arrangement that could have come straight out of the 1940s.”

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There is a music video that was produced in 1986 to promote the motion picture adaptation of the album.

Watch the music video here!