Song No. 50 — Cry Me a River | Arthur Hamilton (1953)

Moacyr Silva - Dançando com Você No. 2 (1957) a

Written and published in 1953, Cry Me a River was introduced on record in 1955 by Julie London on her single Cry Me a River b/w ‘S Wonderful, accompanied by Barney Kessel on guitar and Ray Leatherwood on bass. Originally written as one of three songs by Hamilton to be performed by Ella Fitzgerald in Pete Kelly’s Blues, the song was dropped from that movie only to achive success in another one the following year.

Cry Me a River Sheet MusicShortly after London’s release, Eileen Barton and Anne Lloyd were the first to pick up the song, but it was the original that was featured in the dream sequence of Jayne Mansfield’s film The Girl Can’t Help It which turned Cry Me a River into a hit and one of the classic anthems for the lovelorn.

In Brazil, Cry Me a River was introduced on record in 1957 by tenor saxophonist Moacyr Silva on his album Dançando com Você No. 2, and apparently he was quite fond of this tune since he re-recorded it the next year on his collaboration album with Marisa Gata Mansa.

Dolores Duran never recorded Cry Me a River but, fortunately, her skilful interpretation was tape-recorded at a private party hosted by TV producer Geraldo Casé sometime in 1958 or 1959.

While Gata Mansa and Duran both sung the orginal lyrics, subsequent vocal versions used either adapted lyrics by Júlio Nagib, titled Chore Por Mim, or new lyrics by Almeida Rego, titled Teu Castigo.

Selected recordings of Cry Me a River:

1. Moacyr Silva from the album Dançando com Você No. 2 (1957, Copacabana CLP 11008)

Moacyr Silva - Dançando com Você No. 2 (1957) a    Moacyr Silva - Dançando com Você No. 2 (1957) b

2. Marisa Gata Mansa & Moacyr Silva from the album Convite à Música (1958, Copacabana CLP 11022)

Marisa Gata Mansa & Moacyr Silva - Convite à Música (1958) a    Marisa Gata Mansa & Moacyr Silva - Convite à Música (1958) b

3. Dolores Duran from the album Entre Amigos (recorded 1958 or 1959, issued 2009, Biscoito Fino BF 900)

4. Copinha from the album Prelúdio de Amor (1959, Festa LDV 6007)

Copinha - Prelúdio de Amor (1959) a    Copinha - Prelúdio de Amor (1959) b

5. Maria Thereza ‘Mecha Branca’ from the album Mecha Branca (1960, Copacabana CLP 11134)

Maria Thereza ‘Mecha Branca’ - Mecha Branca (1960) a    Maria Thereza ‘Mecha Branca’ - Mecha Branca (1960) b

6. Roberto Carlos from the album Louco por Você (1961, Columbia LPCB 37171)

Roberto Carlos - Louco por Você (1961) a    Roberto Carlos - Louco por Você (1961) b

7. Biriba Boys from the album Garota de Ipanema (1963, Chantecler CMG 2248)

Biriba Boys - Garota de Ipanema (1963) a    Biriba Boys - Garota de Ipanema (1963) b

8. Carmen Costa from the album Embaixatriz do Samba (1963, Copacabana CLP 11332)

Carmen Costa - Embaixatriz do Samba (1963) a     Carmen Costa - Embaixatriz do Samba (1963) b

9. Beagá Band’s from the album Em Cima do Sucesso (c1966, Paladium PAL-106)

Beagá Band's - Em Cima do Sucesso (c1966)

Selected medley including Cry Me a River:

1. Cipó from the album Melodias Favoritas da Tela (1959, Sinter SLP 1769)

Cipó - Melodias Favoritas da Tela (1959)

Comparable versions of Cry Me a River:

1. Julie London from the single Cry Me a River b/w ‘S Wonderful (1955, Liberty [USA] 55006) and the album Julie Is Her Name (1955, Liberty [USA] LST 7027)

Julie London - Julie Is Her Name (1955) a    Julie London - Julie Is Her Name (1955) b

2. Eileen Barton from the single Cry Me a River b/w Come Home (1955, Coral [USA] 9-61530)

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CRY ME A RIVER

Now you say you’re lonely • You cried the long 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 • You told me love was too plebeian • Told me you were through with me and…

Now you say, you say you love me • Well, just to prove that you do • Come on and cry me a river, cry me a river • I cried a river over you

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CHORE POR MIM

Sei que você chora • Porque chegou o fim • Mas digo chore por mim • Chore por mim • Eu chorei tanto por você

Sei que é tudo agora • Bem diferente enfim • Mas digo chore por mim • Chore por mim • Eu chorei tanto por você

Promessas mil vezes você repetiu • Pra que se jamais cumpriu • Saudade o meu coração já sentiu • Já sentiu a dor malvada • De querer e não ter nada •

Sei que você chora • Por que chegou o fim • Mas digo chore por mim • Chore por mim • Eu chorei tanto por você

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