Cry break

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A cry break is a vocal break in a tone or note in a song. It is characteristic in the singing tone of Hank Williams where a note seems to break and start over again. There are notes that the singer sounds near to the point of starting to cry. It is a technique that is used in country singing.[1] Songs that deal with the issues of sorrow and loss are likely to contain cry breaks. Train whistles may also be played in this manner evoking the same emotions.


  1. ^ Fox, Aaron A. (2004-10-04). "Real Country: Music and Language in Working-Class Culture". Duke University Press Books. Retrieved 2013-10-12Cited by Radiolab. Season 4, Episode 5, 39:00.