Song Lyric Sunday: “Cry Me A River”

I understand that my good friend Mary B over at Jingle Jangle Jungle chose today’s prompt, “crying/sadness.” There were two ways I could have gone with this, and I figured one of them was a perfect Battle of the Bands (which you’ll see February 1), so I’m going with the other here.

Arthur Hamilton’s “Cry Me A River” is the quintessential torch song, in my never-humble opinion, and when sung by the quintessential torch singer (again, IMNHO), Julie London, accompanied only by super session men Barney Kessel on guitar and Ray Leatherwood on bass, the result is pure magic. Without further ado (yes, that is the way it’s spelled), from 1955, Julie London, “Cry Me A River.”

The lyrics, according to

Now you say you’re lonely
You cry the whole night through
Well you can cry me a river
Cry me a river
I cried a river over you
Now you say you’re sorry
For being so untrue
Well you can cry me a river
Cry me a river
I cried a river over you
You drove me, nearly drove me
Out of my head
While you never shed a tear
Remember, I remember
All that you said
Told me love was too plebian
Told me you were through with me
And now you say you love me
Well, just to prove you do
Come on and cry me a river
Cry me a river
I cried a river over you
I cried a river over you
I cried a river over you
I cried a river over you

And that’s Song Lyric Sunday on a very windy January 20, 2019.

14 thoughts on “Song Lyric Sunday: “Cry Me A River”

  1. I’m so happy you chose to do this song! I had thought about it, but I used it in April of last year as a battle – and a quick scan of the master battle list tells me you also battled the song in Oct 2014. Of course, there is also Justin Timberlake’s Cry Me A River, which is a completely different song.


  2. Ah! Never heard this smoky-voiced version of the song. Perfect accompaniment; anything more would have interfered with her voice’s clarity. How many times has the word plebian been used in a song like this — or any song? The version of this song I was thinking it was when I saw your title, John, was the Joe Cocker version, with Leon Russell accompanying, from Mad Dogs & Englishmen:


    1. Julie’s version was the first, and I think the best. Joe’s is a whole ‘nother take on it, and while I like it, it can hardly compare to Julie’s. I did a battle of the bands with Joe Cocker against Michael Buble, and Michael won, probably because you could understand him…


      1. Like you said, two completely different takes on the same song. I double checked to make sure he was singing the same song and he followed the lyrics exactly, even the plebian. Maybe I can understand him because I’ve listened to his version so many times…

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  3. Like I said to someone else who posted this song by another singer, I’d never heard it before. Julie London has such a nice voice, and my mister has a CD of her songs, because he loves her singing, too. We used to see her on the TV show Emergency.


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