A Cloud That Holds a Lot of Rain

‘Love Hurts’ was written and composed by the American songwriter Boudleaux Bryant and first recorded by the Everly Brothers in July 1960, but the first hit version of this song was by Roy Orbison.  Love does hurt sometimes, and it can even leave scars on your heart and other marks on you that go all the way deep down inside of you.  The guy in this light pop song, is obviously young and he cries a lot because some girl left him.  He recalls a few things he learnt from her.  He is perplexed not understanding those who experience warm and explosive feelings from love, like happiness, blissfulness, and togetherness, because he is heart-broken.

Young love can burn hot with passion, but that heat has a way of burning anything when it gets too hot and there are a number of the terrible things love can do to you, especially if you are not strong enough to withstand the pain.  The guy in this song has just made this discovery, which is a revelation of sorts, that all those who are singing the praises of love are fools who will soon be burned, as love is just a lie made to make you blue.  ‘Love Hurts’ is the kind of song that you could play over and over again, if you ever got dumped.  In 1975, the group Nazareth had a big hit with this song and other cover versions have been done by Jim Capaldi, Cher, Emmylou Harris and Gram Parsons, Don McLean, Rod Stewart, Joan Jett, Sinead O’Connor, the Who and Pat Boone.  The Everly Brothers were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1986 and Phil Everly died in 2014.

The group Nazareth was sometimes shortened to Naz like Led Zeppelin was called Led Zep, were a hard-rock band from Scotland who formed in 1968 and they took their name from the reference to Nazareth, Pennsylvania in the song ‘The Weight’ by The Band.  Nazareth had a knack for stamping their very own identity on somebody else’s hit song, which proved to be the key to their success.  Pete Agnew formed the original Shadettes in 1961 and was a lead vocalist and rhythm guitarist and 4 members of Nazareth ended up coming out of that group.  Darrell Sweet joined in 1963 as the drummer, Dan McCafferty joined in 1965 as another lead vocalist, Manny Charlton joined in 1968 as the lead guitarist and Pete Agnew joined the group in 1971 as the bass player.  In 1975, the group released an album titled Hair of the Dog that was produced by guitarist Manny Charlton and their biggest hit ‘Love Hurts’ came from that album.  It reached #8 on the Billboard pop charts, and went to #1 in many other countries.  Nazareth recorded 22 studio albums, 7 live albums and 5 compilation albums and they are still on tour.  Today, only bass player Pete Agnew continues as an original member of the band and Darrell Sweet died in 1999.

Cher recorded her first version of ‘Love Hurts’ in 1975 for the album Stars, but did not release this version as a single.  She later recorded a second version in 1991 for her album of the same name.  This single peaked at #43 on the UK Singles charts.

Love hurts
Love scars, love wounds and mars

Any heart not touched
or strong enough
can take a lot of pain
Take a lot of pain
Love is like a cloud
Holds a lot of rain
Love hurts
Love hurts

I’m young, I know
But even so
I know a thing, or two
I’ve learned from you

I really learned a lot
Really learned a lot
Love is like a stove
Burns you when its hot
Love hurts
Love hurts

Some fools rave of happiness
Blissfulness, togetherness
Some fools fool themselves I guess
But they’re not fooling me

I know it isn’t true
Know it isn’t true
Love is just a lie
Made to make you blue
Love hurts
Love hurts
Love hurts

Written for Love Is In Da Blog where Bee asks us to find a song about a love that hurts, or is about a breakup or a heartbreak.

15 thoughts on “A Cloud That Holds a Lot of Rain

  1. Jim I almost did this one today. I was looking for an Everly Brothers song…glad I decided on When Will I Be Loved.
    Kinda like the one I covered… I grew up on Nazareth’s version but I appreciate the Everly Brothers version more and more…I’ll pass on Cher.

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      1. The one Cher song I like is Gypsy, Tramps, and Thieves…my sister had the single.

        Cher and Keith Richards will be the last two humans left on earth when we are all gone. They are survivors.

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  2. It is funny how we can close our minds to other versions of a song. I am attached to the Nazareth version because it holds very strong memories for me. Listening now, Cher’s version is nice, but the music is not as powerful in my mind. I love the Everly Brothers, but they do not deliver this song with the power it deserves. See, my mind is closed. It will always be Nazareth for me.

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    1. To each her own and different strokes for different folks and above all and most important is that you are entitled to your own opinion. I write about a lot of music, so I try to keep an open mind and not try to sway my readers in any particular direction, but I always love comments and thanks for weighing in on this Maggie.

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  3. The Nazareth version has the most feeling in it to me. Roy and the Everly Brothers’ voices don’t have the anguish in them that is needed for the song. It is upsetting they are using this song for a pain medicine 😦

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