Cry to Me

Solomon Burke

About Cry to Me

"Cry to Me" is a song written by Bert Berns (listed as "Bert Russell") and first recorded by American soul singer Solomon Burke in 1961. Released in 1962, it was Burke's second single to appear in both Billboard magazine's Hot R&B Sides and Hot 100 singles charts. Several other artists recorded the song, including Betty Harris (1963), the Pretty Things (1965), the Rolling Stones (1965), Freddie Scott (1967), Tom Petty (1979), Precious Wilson (1980), and IDLES (2018). AJ Croce(Album: Fit to Serve).  


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When your baby leaves you all alone
And nobody call you on the phone
Doncha feel like crying
Doncha feel like crying 
Well, here I am, my honey c'mon baby, cry to me 

When you're all alone in your lonely room
And there's nothing but the smell of her perfume
Doncha feel like crying
Doncha feel like crying 
Doncha feel like crying
C'mon baby, (c'mon) cry to me

Nothing could be sadder than a glass of wine alone
Loneliness loneliness, it just a waste of your time, oh yeah
But you don't ever you don't ever have to walk alone
You see, Come take my hand, and baby, won't you walk with me? whoa yeah

When you're waiting for a voice to come
In the night there is no one
Doncha feel like crying (cry to me)
Doncha feel like crying (cry to me)
Don't you feel like cr-cr-cr-cr-cr-cr-cry (cry to me) cr-cr-cr-cr-cr-cr-crying? (cry to me)
Don't you feel like cr-cr-cr-cr-cr-cr-cry (cry to me) cr-cr-cr-cr-cr-cr-crying?

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Solomon Burke

Solomon Burke (March 21, 1940 – October 10, 2010) was an American recording artist and vocalist, who shaped the sound of rhythm and blues as one of the founding fathers of soul music in the 1960s and a "key transitional figure in the development of soul music from rhythm and blues. He had a string of hits including "Cry to Me", "If You Need Me", "Got to Get You Off My Mind", "Down in the Valley" and "Everybody Needs Somebody to Love". Burke was referred to as "King Solomon", the "King of Rock 'n' Soul", "Bishop of Soul" and the "Muhammad Ali of soul". Due to Burke's minimal chart success in comparison to other soul music greats such as James Brown, Wilson Pickett and Otis Redding, Burke is often described as the genre's "most unfairly overlooked singer" of it… more »

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Written by: Bert Russell

Lyrics © Downtown Music Publishing, Kobalt Music Publishing Ltd.

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7 facts about this song

Songwriter and Producer Bert Berns
"Cry to Me" was written by Bert Berns who was a famous American songwriter and record producer of the 1960s. - Berns is credited with composing or producing many classic songs, including "Twist and Shout," "Piece of My Heart," and "Brown Eyed Girl."
Freddie Scott's Version
Freddie Scott, an American soul singer and songwriter, covered the song "Cry to Me." - Scott's version was released in 1967, five years after it was initially written and recorded.
Solomon Burke's Influence
The song is perhaps most famously associated with Solomon Burke, a pivotal soul singer who made it a hit. - Burke's version of "Cry to Me" was recorded in 1961 and hit number 5 on the U.S. R&B charts. - Because of the depth and emotion displayed by Burke in his rendition, the song is often mistakenly attributed as being written by him.
The Rolling Stones’ Cover
The Rolling Stones also covered the song "Cry to Me" and it was released on their 1965 album "Out of Our Heads." - Unlike the previous version by Burke, which had a deep soulful feel to it, The Rolling Stones' version infused a youthful rock vibe.
Connection with Tom Petty
While Tom Petty did not directly create a version of "Cry to Me," he was a great admirer of the songwriter Bert Berns. - Petty cited Berns as one of his main influences, admiring his ability to create emotional and often heartbreaking lyrics.
Legacy of the Song
"Cry to Me" went onto being featured in several movies, notably the film "Dirty Dancing" which renewed interest in the song in 1987. - Although it has been covered by multiple artists in various genres, its soulful sound and heartfelt lyrics have remained consistent, making it a timeless piece in music history.
Posthumous Recognition for Bert Berns
Bert Berns, who died at a young age of 38 due to heart failure, was posthumously inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2016. - His life’s work, including the creation of "Cry to Me," played a significant role in shaping the sound of popular music in the 1960s.

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