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. 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.