Song Lyric Sunday: The Box Tops, “Cry Like A Baby”

Jim says that today’s theme was chosen by Amy, who goes by the pseudonym E. M. Kingston

Hidden Gems: great songs that missed the top of the charts

Right away, I thought of this one, The Box Tops’ 1968 hit "Cry Like A Baby," title track from their album of the same year. It reached #2 on the Hot 100 for two weeks, kept from the #1 spot by Bobby Goldsboro’s "Honey," which spent five weeks atop the chart. I could have sworn that it had reached #1 in Chicago, but it also peaked at #2 at WLS and WCFL.

Anyway, the song was written by Dan Penn and Spooner Oldham and released in February 1968, and spent 15 weeks on the Hot 100. Kim Carnes covered it on her 1980 album Romance Dance and again on Live At Savoy, 1981.

When I think about the good love you gave me
I cry like a baby
Livin’ without you is drivin’ me crazy
I cry like a baby
Well I know now that you’re not a plaything
Not a toy or a puppet on a string

As I look back on a love so sweet
I cry like a baby
Every road is a lonely street
I cry like a baby

Today we passed on the street
And you just walked on by
My heart just fell to my feet
And like a fool
I began to cry

When I think about the good love you gave me
I cry like a baby
Livin’ without you is drivin’ me crazy
I cry like a baby

Lyrics from AZLyrics.com

 

And that’s Song Lyric Sunday (and Song of the Day) for June 26, 2022.

15 thoughts on “Song Lyric Sunday: The Box Tops, “Cry Like A Baby”

    1. They were a lot more influential than they get credit for. “Cry Like A Baby” might be the best song they recorded, even if it never reached #1 (damn you, Bobby Goldsboro!).

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