WHO'LL STOP THE RAIN

Live 18 Dec 1980 version


Long as I remember the rain's been falling down
Clouds of mystery pouring, confusion on the ground
Well good men through the ages try to find the sun
Well now I wonder, yeah I wonder, who'll stop the rain
Go!

Well I went down Virginia seeking shelter from the storm
Caught up in the fable, I watched the tower grow
Well Bobby planned a new deal, wrapped in golden chains
Lord I wonder, still I wonder, who'll stop the rain

Heard the singer playing, everybody yelled for more
The crowd they got together just trying to keep warm
But still the rain keeps pouring, falling through the years
Still I wonder, yeah I wonder, who'll stop the rain
Go!

I wanna know
I wanna know
I wanna know
Well I wanna know
I wanna know
I wanna know


Info

WHO'll STOP THE RAIN is a song originally released by Creedence Clearwater Revival in 1970. See the original Creedence Clearwater Revival version for more details.

Live 18 Dec 1980 version

The above lyrics are for the live 18 Dec 1980 performance of WHO'LL STOP THE RAIN at Madison Square Garden in New York City, NY, during The River Tour. The song was played in a full-band arrangement. This was the first known Bruce Springsteen live performance of WHO'LL STOP THE RAIN.

Ticket stub for the 18 Dec 1980 show at Madison Square Garden, New York City, NY
Ticket stub for the 18 Dec 1980 show at Madison Square Garden, New York City, NY
Pass for the 27 and 28 Nov and 18 and 19 Dec 1980 shows at Madison Square Garden, New York City, NY
Pass for the 27 and 28 Nov and 18 and 19 Dec 1980 shows at Madison Square Garden, New York City, NY

Official Releases

Other versions of WHO'LL STOP THE RAIN were officially released.

Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band -- Nassau Coliseum, New York 1980
The live 31 Dec 1980 version of WHO'LL STOP THE RAIN was released on the Nassau Coliseum, New York 1980 official live download in 2015.
Various artists -- Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame + Museum Live: Come Together
The live 12 Jan 1993 version of WHO'LL STOP THE RAIN was first released on the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame + Museum Live: Come Together home video in 2009.
live.brucespringsteen.net
Audio recordings for most High Hopes Tour shows were officially released on live.brucespringsteen.net. These include one version of WHO'LL STOP THE RAIN.

  1. 01 Feb 2014 at FNB Stadium, Johannesburg, South Africa

Live History: on-tour

WHO'LL STOP THE RAIN is known to have been performed at least 93 times during The River Tour (138 dates, October 1980 to September 1981); all of these 93 outings were during the tour's last 96 shows. On this tour, the song was played in a full-band arrangement. The live 31 Dec 1980 version of WHO'LL STOP THE RAIN was released on the Nassau Coliseum, New York 1980 official live download in 2015.

  1. 18 Dec 1980 at Madison Square Garden, New York City, NY
  2. 19 Dec 1980 at Madison Square Garden, New York City, NY
  3. 28 Dec 1980 at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum, Uniondale, NY
  4. 29 Dec 1980 at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum, Uniondale, NY
  5. 31 Dec 1980 at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum, Uniondale, NY
  6. 20 Jan 1981 at Maple Leaf Gardens, Toronto, Canada
  7. 21 Jan 1981 at Maple Leaf Gardens, Toronto, Canada
  8. 23 Jan 1981 at The Forum, Montreal, Canada
  9. 24 Jan 1981 at Ottawa Civic Centre, Ottawa, Canada
  10. 26 Jan 1981 at University Of Notre Dame, South Bend, IN
  11. 28 Jan 1981 at Checkerdome, St. Louis, MO
  12. 29 Jan 1981 at Iowa State University, Ames, IA
  13. 01 Feb 1981 at St. Paul Civic Center Arena, Saint Paul, MN
  14. 02 Feb 1981 at Dane County Memorial Coliseum, Madison, WI
  15. 04 Feb 1981 at Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, IL
  16. 05 Feb 1981 at Kemper Arena, Kansas City, MO
  17. 07 Feb 1981 at University Of Illinois, Champaign, IL
  18. 12 Feb 1981 at Municipal Auditorium, Mobile, AL
  19. 13 Feb 1981 at Mississippi State University, Starkville, MS
  20. 15 Feb 1981 at Lakeland Civic Center, Lakeland, FL
  21. 16 Feb 1981 at Lakeland Civic Center, Lakeland, FL
  22. 18 Feb 1981 at Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Coliseum, Jacksonville, FL
  23. 20 Feb 1981 at Hollywood Sportatorium, Hollywood, FL
  24. 22 Feb 1981 at Carolina Coliseum, Columbia, SC
  25. 23 Feb 1981 at The Omni, Atlanta, GA
  26. 25 Feb 1981 at Mid-South Coliseum, Memphis, TN
  27. 26 Feb 1981 at Nashville Municipal Auditorium, Nashville, TN
  28. 28 Feb 1981 at Greensboro Coliseum, Greensboro, NC
  29. 02 Mar 1981 at Hampton Roads Coliseum, Hampton, VA
  30. 04 Mar 1981 at Rupp Arena, Lexington, KY
  31. 05 Mar 1981 at Market Square Arena, Indianapolis, IN
  32. 07 Apr 1981 at Congress Centrum Hamburg, Hamburg, West Germany
  33. 09 Apr 1981 at ICC Berlin, West Berlin, West Germany
  34. 11 Apr 1981 at Hallenstadion, Zurich, Switzerland
  35. 14 Apr 1981 at Festhalle, Frankfurt, West Germany
  36. 16 Apr 1981 at Olympiahalle, Munich, West Germany
  37. 18 Apr 1981 at Palais Des Sports De Saint-Ouen, Paris, France
  38. 19 Apr 1981 at Palais Des Sports De Saint-Ouen, Paris, France
  39. 21 Apr 1981 at Palau Municipal D'esports, Barcelona, Spain
  40. 24 Apr 1981 at Palais Des Sports, Lyon, France
  41. 26 Apr 1981 at Forest National, Brussels, Belgium
  42. 28 Apr 1981 at Sportpaleis Ahoy, Rotterdam, The Netherlands
  43. 29 Apr 1981 at Sportpaleis Ahoy, Rotterdam, The Netherlands
  44. 02 May 1981 at Brondby-Hallen, Copenhagen, Denmark
  45. 03 May 1981 at Scandinavium, Gothenburg, Sweden
  46. 05 May 1981 at Drammenshallen, Drammen, Norway
  47. 07 May 1981 at Johanneshovs Isstadion, Stockholm, Sweden
  48. 08 May 1981 at Johanneshovs Isstadion, Stockholm, Sweden
  49. 11 May 1981 at City Hall, Newcastle, England
  50. 13 May 1981 at Apollo Theatre, Manchester, England
  51. 14 May 1981 at Apollo Theatre, Manchester, England
  52. 16 May 1981 at Edinburgh Playhouse, Edinburgh, Scotland
  53. 17 May 1981 at Edinburgh Playhouse, Edinburgh, Scotland
  54. 20 May 1981 at New Bingley Hall, Stafford, England
  55. 26 May 1981 at The Brighton Centre, Brighton, England
  56. 27 May 1981 at The Brighton Centre, Brighton, England
  57. 29 May 1981 at Wembley Arena, London, England
  58. 01 Jun 1981 at Wembley Arena, London, England
  59. 02 Jun 1981 at Wembley Arena, London, England
  60. 05 Jun 1981 at Wembley Arena, London, England
  61. 07 Jun 1981 at Birmingham International Arena, Birmingham, England
  62. 08 Jun 1981 at Birmingham International Arena, Birmingham, England
  63. 02 Jul 1981 at Brendan Byrne Arena, East Rutherford, NJ
  64. 03 Jul 1981 at Brendan Byrne Arena, East Rutherford, NJ
  65. 05 Jul 1981 at Brendan Byrne Arena, East Rutherford, NJ
  66. 06 Jul 1981 at Brendan Byrne Arena, East Rutherford, NJ
  67. 08 Jul 1981 at Brendan Byrne Arena, East Rutherford, NJ
  68. 09 Jul 1981 at Brendan Byrne Arena, East Rutherford, NJ
  69. 13 Jul 1981 at Spectrum, Philadelphia, PA
  70. 15 Jul 1981 at Spectrum, Philadelphia, PA
  71. 16 Jul 1981 at Spectrum, Philadelphia, PA
  72. 18 Jul 1981 at Spectrum, Philadelphia, PA
  73. 19 Jul 1981 at Spectrum, Philadelphia, PA
  74. 29 Jul 1981 at Richfield Coliseum, Richfield, OH
  75. 30 Jul 1981 at Richfield Coliseum, Richfield, OH
  76. 04 Aug 1981 at Capital Centre, Largo, MD
  77. 07 Aug 1981 at Capital Centre, Largo, MD
  78. 11 Aug 1981 at Joe Louis Arena, Detroit, MI
  79. 12 Aug 1981 at Joe Louis Arena, Detroit, MI
  80. 16 Aug 1981 at Red Rocks Amphitheatre, Morrison, CO
  81. 17 Aug 1981 at Red Rocks Amphitheatre, Morrison, CO
  82. 20 Aug 1981 at Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena, Los Angeles, CA
  83. 21 Aug 1981 at Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena, Los Angeles, CA
  84. 23 Aug 1981 at Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena, Los Angeles, CA
  85. 24 Aug 1981 at Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena, Los Angeles, CA
  86. 27 Aug 1981 at Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena, Los Angeles, CA
  87. 28 Aug 1981 at Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena, Los Angeles, CA
  88. 02 Sep 1981 at San Diego Sports Arena, San Diego, CA
  89. 08 Sep 1981 at Rosemont Horizon, Rosemont, IL
  90. 10 Sep 1981 at Rosemont Horizon, Rosemont, IL
  91. 11 Sep 1981 at Rosemont Horizon, Rosemont, IL
  92. 13 Sep 1981 at Riverfront Coliseum, Cincinnati, OH
  93. 14 Sep 1981 at Riverfront Coliseum, Cincinnati, OH

WHO'LL STOP THE RAIN was performed 9 times during the Born In The U.S.A. Tour (156 dates, June 1984 to October 1985). On this tour, the song was played in a full-band arrangement.

  1. 26 Jul 1984 at CNE Grandstand, Toronto, Canada
  2. 25 Aug 1984 at Capital Centre, Largo, MD
  3. 22 Sep 1984 at Civic Arena, Pittsburgh, PA
  4. 19 Oct 1984 at Tacoma Dome, Tacoma, WA
  5. 21 Oct 1984 at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum Arena, Oakland, CA
  6. 25 Oct 1984 at Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena, Los Angeles, CA
  7. 28 Oct 1984 at Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena, Los Angeles, CA
  8. 31 Oct 1984 at Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena, Los Angeles, CA
  9. 31 Mar 1985 at QEII Sports Centre, Brisbane, Australia

WHO'LL STOP THE RAIN was performed 21 times during World Tour 1992-1993 (104 dates, June 1992 to June 1993). The first 19 of these performances were during the 1993 European leg of the tour and most of them were dedicated as "a prayer for Bosnia and Herzegovina" (see the live 16 May 1993 version). The 24 Jun 1993 show in East Rutherford, NJ, was billed as "Concert To Fight Hunger" (see the live 24 Jun 1993 version) and the 26 Jun 1993 show in New York City, NY, was billed as "Kristen Ann Carr Fund Benefit Concert" (see the live 26 Jun 1993 version). On this tour, the song was played in a full-band arrangement.

  1. 11 Apr 1993 at Stadio Marc'antonio Bentegodi, Verona, Italy
  2. 15 Apr 1993 at Sheffield Arena, Sheffield, England
  3. 19 Apr 1993 at Sportpaleis Ahoy, Rotterdam, The Netherlands
  4. 20 Apr 1993 at Sportpaleis Ahoy, Rotterdam, The Netherlands
  5. 23 Apr 1993 at Flanders Expo, Ghent, Belgium
  6. 01 May 1993 at Estádio José Alvalade, Lisbon, Portugal
  7. 05 May 1993 at Estadio Vicente Calderón, Madrid, Spain
  8. 07 May 1993 at Estadio Municipal El Molinón, Gijón, Spain
  9. 09 May 1993 at Auditorio Monte Do Gozo, Santiago De Compostela, Spain
  10. 11 May 1993 at Estadi Olímpic De Montjuic, Barcelona, Spain
  11. 14 May 1993 at Waldbuhne, Berlin, Germany
  12. 16 May 1993 at Alter Flughafen Riem, Munich, Germany
  13. 17 May 1993 at Maimarkthalle, Mannheim, Germany
  14. 20 May 1993 at RDS Arena, Dublin, Ireland
  15. 22 May 1993 at The National Bowl, Milton Keynes, England
  16. 25 May 1993 at Stadio Flaminio, Rome, Italy
  17. 28 May 1993 at Stockholms Stadion, Stockholm, Sweden
  18. 30 May 1993 at Gentofte Stadion, Copenhagen, Denmark
  19. 01 Jun 1993 at Valle Hovin Stadion, Oslo, Norway
  20. 24 Jun 1993 at Brendan Byrne Arena, East Rutherford, NJ
  21. 26 Jun 1993 at Madison Square Garden, New York City, NY

WHO'LL STOP THE RAIN was performed once during what is known as The Reunion Tour (132 dates, April 1999 to July 2000), on 26 Jun 1999 in Copenhagen, Denmark. The song was played in a full-band arranegement.

WHO'LL STOP THE RAIN was performed 7 times during The Rising Tour (120 dates, August 2002 to October 2003). The song was played in a full-band arrangement.

  1. 28 Mar 2003 at Western Springs Stadium, Auckland, New Zealand
  2. 09 Apr 2003 at Arco Arena, Sacramento, CA
  3. 24 May 2003 at Stade De France, Saint-Denis, France
  4. 28 Jun 2003 at Stadio Giuseppe Meazza, Milan, Italy
  5. 18 Jul 2003 at Giants Stadium, East Rutherford, NJ
  6. 27 Sep 2003 at Miller Park, Milwaukee, WI
  7. 01 Oct 2003 at Shea Stadium, New York City, NY

WHO'LL STOP THE RAIN was performed once during the Magic Tour (100 dates, October 2007 to August 2008), on 02 Aug 2008 in Foxborough, MA. The song was played in a full-band arrangement.

WHO'LL STOP THE RAIN was performed twice during the Working On A Dream Tour (83 dates, April to November 2009). The song was played in a full-band arrangement.

WHO'LL STOP THE RAIN was performed 9 times during the Wrecking Ball Tour (133 dates, March 2012 to September 2013). On this tour, the song was played in a full-band arrangement (see the live 02 Jun 2012 version), a Roy Bittan piano-only arrangement (see the live 23 Jul 2012 version), a solo acoustic guitar arrangement (see the live 15 Aug 2012 version), and a solo acoustic guitar and harmonica arrangement (see the live 26 May 2013 version).

  1. 02 Jun 2012 at Estadio Anoeta, Donostia-San Sebastian, Spain (full band)
  2. 10 Jun 2012 at Stadio Artemio Franchi, Florence, Italy (full band)
  3. 23 Jul 2012 at Koengen, Bergen, Norway (piano accompaniment)
  4. 28 Jul 2012 at Ullevi, Gothenburg, Sweden (full band)
  5. 15 Aug 2012 at Fenway Park, Boston, MA (solo acoustic guitar)
  6. 08 Sep 2012 at Wrigley Field, Chicago, IL (solo acoustic guitar)
  7. 22 Sep 2012 at Metlife Stadium, East Rutherford, NJ (full band)
  8. 23 May 2013 at Piazza Del Plebiscito, Naples, Italy (full band)
  9. 26 May 2013 at Olympiastadion, Munich, Germany (solo acoustic guitar and harmonica)

WHO'LL STOP THE RAIN was performed once during the High Hopes Tour (34 dates, January to May 2014), on 01 Feb 2014 in Johannesburg, South Africa. The song was played in a full-band arrangement. Audio recordings for most High Hopes Tour shows are officially available for purchase. See the live 01 Feb 2014 version for more details.

Live History: off-tour

WHO'LL STOP THE RAIN was performed off-tour on 12 Jan 1993 at Century Plaza Hotel in Los Angeles, CA, during the eighth annual Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame induction ceremony. The song was performed by John Fogerty, backed by Bruce Springsteen and others. The live 12 Jan 1993 version of WHO'LL STOP THE RAIN was released on The Best Of Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame + Museum Live album in 2011.

Available Versions

List of available versions of WHO'LL STOP THE RAIN on this website:

WHO'LL STOP THE RAIN [Live 18 Dec 1980 version]
WHO'LL STOP THE RAIN [Live 31 Dec 1980 version]
WHO'LL STOP THE RAIN [Live 20 Aug 1981 version]
WHO'LL STOP THE RAIN [Live 22 Sep 1984 version]
WHO'LL STOP THE RAIN [Live 12 Jan 1993 version]
WHO'LL STOP THE RAIN [Live 16 May 1993 version]
WHO'LL STOP THE RAIN [Live 24 Jun 1993 version]
WHO'LL STOP THE RAIN [Live 26 Jun 1993 version]
WHO'LL STOP THE RAIN [Live 26 Jun 1999 version]
WHO'LL STOP THE RAIN [Live 28 Jun 2003 version]
WHO'LL STOP THE RAIN [Live 02 Aug 2008 version]
WHO'LL STOP THE RAIN [Live 04 Jun 2009 version]
WHO'LL STOP THE RAIN [Live 02 Jun 2012 version]
WHO'LL STOP THE RAIN [Live 23 Jul 2012 version]
WHO'LL STOP THE RAIN [Live 15 Aug 2012 version]
WHO'LL STOP THE RAIN [Live 26 May 2013 version]
WHO'LL STOP THE RAIN [Live 01 Feb 2014 version]
WHO'LL STOP THE RAIN [Original Creedence Clearwater Revival version]

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