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.
Shortly 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)
2. Marisa Gata Mansa & Moacyr Silva from the album Convite à Música (1958, Copacabana CLP 11022)
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)
5. Maria Thereza ‘Mecha Branca’ from the album Mecha Branca (1960, Copacabana CLP 11134)
6. Roberto Carlos from the album Louco por Você (1961, Columbia LPCB 37171)
7. Biriba Boys from the album Garota de Ipanema (1963, Chantecler CMG 2248)
8. Carmen Costa from the album Embaixatriz do Samba (1963, Copacabana CLP 11332)
9. Beagá Band’s from the album Em Cima do Sucesso (c1966, Paladium PAL-106)
Selected medley including Cry Me a River:
1. Cipó from the album Melodias Favoritas da Tela (1959, Sinter SLP 1769)
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)
2. Eileen Barton from the single Cry Me a River b/w Come Home (1955, Coral [USA] 9-61530)
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
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