I didn’t know where I was going with this one until we got in the car to go to Starbucks, and it just came to me: songs about crying. And I found enough songs that had “cry” or “crying” in the title that I didn’t have to fall back on “Willow Weep For Me” or “Tears On My Pillow.”
- Roy Orbison and k. d. lang,”Crying” This was an obvious choice, and this version with k. d. lang singing it with Roy Orbison was a bonus, first because they both have wonderful voices, and second because it was part of the soundtrack of a movie starring Jon Cryer. (Jay Leno tells the name at the beginning of the clip; it’s slipped my mind. Sorry…)
- Boy George, “The Crying Game” Theme song from the 1992 movie. I’ve just seen it once, but it really stayed with me.
- Elvis Presley, “Crying In The Chapel” From his 1961 album His Hand In Mine, the first of three gospel albums Elvis recorded. It wasn’t released as a single until 1965, and it was well worth waiting for.
- Magic Sam, “That’s Why I’m Crying” I had this on a sample album Chicago’s Delmark Records put out, Sweet Home Chicago, and he played it with a full band, but this solo version is haunting. The video runs over four minutes, but the singing ends at about 3:22, so if you want to skip ahead after that…
- Hank Williams, “Blue Eyes Crying In The Rain” Willie Nelson’s version is best known, but I guess Hank’s was the original, and you don’t hear it very often.
- Skeeter Davis, “I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry” I was going to use BJ Thomas’ cover of this Hank Williams song, but Skeeter really brings the twang.
- The Beatles, “Cry For A Shadow” The only instrumental The Beatles did as far as I know, and this was on their Anthology album, not on any of their other releases. George and John wrote this.
- John Lennon, “Cry Baby Cry” This was released on The Beatles (the White Album) (it’s on Side 4, just before “Revolution 9”), but here John does it alone with his guitar. A very odd song, but I like it.
- Julie London, “Cry Me A River” A bona fide “torch” song by Ms. London, accompanied by Barney Kessel on guitar and Ray Brown on bass.
- Madonna, “Don’t Cry For Me, Argentina” From the 1996 film adaptation of Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Evita which starred Madonna as Eva Peron.
And that’s The Friday 5×2 for March 9, 2018.