Deep Cuts

Deep Cuts: I’ll Be Crying Over You


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.

2 replies »

  1. 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…


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