Oh, the crying song. You don’t need my help here – I’m sure you know all there is to know about the crying game. But Godley & Creme’s “Cry” figured prominently into this week’s piece, so there’s no better time than now to get out the tissues and put together a weepy playlist:
“When You Cry,” Tito and Tarantula
“One Thousand Tears of a Tarantula,” Dengue Fever. These guys will show up in “From The Stacks” eventually. Listening to Dengue Fever is like tuning into a Quentin Tarantino audio book.
“So Lonesome I Could Cry,” Hank Williams. One of two songs represented here that are mandatory for a crying playlist. If only Hank Jr. had his dad’s class.
“Cry, Cry, Cry,” Johnny Cash. When I was younger I wrote a song on an acoustic guitar — cowboy chords, a chugging rhythm. The chorus repeated “cry cry cry.” Only after I finished congratulating myself did I realize that I’d completely ripped off one of Johnny’s best. I’m a hack.
“Cry Baby Cry,” The Beatles. From the White Album. Have you read my White Album piece? I think it’s a keeper, but I’m a little biased.
“Cry Like A Baby,” The Box Tops. Famous for “The Letter” and bestowing upon the world the brilliant Alex Chilton, here’s The Box Tops’ weeper:
“Cryin’ But My Tears Are Far Away,” The Knitters. What happens when X and Dave Alvin from The Blasters hook up to make hillbilly music?
“Crying,” Roy Orbison. Not a deep cut, but no crying playlist is complete without Roy’s masterpiece.
“Had to Cry Today,” Blind Faith. Yes, they were more than a controversial album cover.
Okay, time to clear the tears from my ears so that I can hear your favorite crying songs. I’m listening.
I Never Cry – Alice Cooper
I’ll Cry Instead – The Beatles
Blue Eyes Crying In The Rain – Willie Nelson
No Woman No Cry – Bob Marley
Big Girls Don’t Cry – The Four Seasons
Fool To Cry – The Rolling Stones
Crying In The Chapel – Elvis Presley
When Doves Cry – Prince
and, drum roll please…
The Crying Game – Boy George
Gee, Dobe. I’m gettin’ all misty…
Geez, Robbo, cry me a river….