I’ll Take the Rain – 2001

“I’ll Take the Rain” is the third and final single released by R.E.M. from their twelfth studio album Reveal in 2001. The song reached number 44 on the UK Singles Chart, but failed to chart on the Billboard Hot 100.

The single’s music video, directed by David Weir, represented the first time the band has released an entirely animated music video. The clip is suitably moody to match the pace of the song, and follows the adventures of a crown-bearing dog and a living wooden cart (shown on the single cover) as he or she explores an island.

Track listings

All songs written by Peter Buck, Mike Mills, and Michael Stipe.

UK CD1 (W573CD)

“I’ll Take the Rain” – 5:55
“I’ve Been High” (Live) – 3:201
“She Just Wants to Be” (Live) – 5:062

UK CD2 (W573CDX)

“I’ll Take the Rain” – 5:55
“32 Chord Song” – 3:12 3
“I’ve Been High” (Live) (enhanced video)1

European CD (9362-42416-2)
“I’ll Take the Rain”
“32 Chord Song” – 3:12
“She Just Wants to Be” (Live) – 5:06
“I’ve Been High” (Live) – 3:20
“I’ve Been High” (Live) (enhanced video)

1 Recorded at Channel V Studios, Sydney, Australia; May 31, 2001.
2 Recorded at the Museum of Television and Radio, New York City, New York; May 18, 2001.
3 Alternative version of “Summer Turns to High” from Reveal.