Don't Cry for Me Argentina

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"Don't Cry for Me Argentina"
Single by Julie Covington
from the album Evita
Released 1977
Recorded 1976
Genre Show tune, musical theatre
Label MCA
Writer(s) Andrew Lloyd Webber, Tim Rice
Producer(s) Andrew Lloyd Webber, Tim Rice, David Land
Julie Covington singles chronology
"Two Worlds Apart"
"Don't Cry for Me Argentina"
"Only Women Bleed"

"Don't Cry for Me Argentina" is a song from the 1978 musical Evita with music by Andrew Lloyd Webber and lyrics by Tim Rice. Sung by the title character Eva Perón, it was titled "It's Only Your Lover Returning" before Rice settled on the eventual name. It appears early in the second act as Evita addresses the crowd from the balcony of the Casa Rosada and features a sweeping melody tied to broad emotional themes of regret and defiance, characteristic of Lloyd Webber's most popular songs.

The song shares its melody with "Oh What a Circus" and "Eva's Final Broadcast" from the same show. Rice and Lloyd Webber received the 1981 Ivor Novello award for Best Song Musically and Lyrically.[1]

Original version[edit]

The musical Evita was initially produced as an album, before being adapted for the stage, following a formula Lloyd Webber and Rice had stumbled upon during the production of Jesus Christ Superstar. Julie Covington played the lead role of Eva Perón on the original 1976 album from which the single was released. It reached No. 1 in the UK Singles Chart in February 1977 for a week, selling almost a million physical copies in the United Kingdom.[2] Together with digital sales since it has sold over a million.[3]

The song was never performed live on British music show Top of the Pops as might have been anticipated, as Covington refused to do so without the full symphonic orchestra. During the week that it was No. 1, though, she appeared in the audience.The song was first offered to singer Elkie Brooks who turned it down.

Whilst producing the Evita album, Tim Rice had tried out various lyrics as the main hook and title of the song including "It's Only Your Lover Returning" and "All Through My Crazy and Wild Days" amid fears that mentioning Argentina would reduce the commercial appeal. Covington recorded both of these lines and a hybrid of the recordings was included on a rarities disc of Andrew Lloyd Webber: Now and Forever, a 2001 box set. "Don't Cry for Me Argentina" appeared at the opening and near the end of the show, initially as the spirit of the dead Eva Perón exhorts the people of Argentina not to mourn her – "The truth is I never left you" – and later as she gives a final broadcast – "The truth is I shall not leave you". Shortly before the album was finally mixed, Lloyd Webber suggested to Rice that the line "Don't Cry for Me Argentina" also worked in the context of the new First Lady of Argentina giving a speech. Rice points out that in this instance "cry" refers to shouting or calling out rather than weeping.

The B-side was "Rainbow High", a song in which Eva is prepared for her "Rainbow Tour" of Europe.

When Covington chose not to take the stage role, Elaine Paige was cast as Eva in the London production. In the United States, the song is also closely linked with Patti LuPone, who performed the role of Eva in the original Broadway production of the show.[4]

During the 1982 Falklands War between the United Kingdom and Argentina, the song was sometimes played sarcastically by British regimental bands as they deployed to the Falklands. At the same time the Covington recording was banned from play on the BBC.[5]

The song was also banned in the Philippines during the dictatorship (1972–86) of President Ferdinand Marcos. The life of former First Lady Imelda Marcos, Marcos' wife, is similar to that of Evita Peron. The presentation of the musical Evita was repressed.[6]

Cover versions[edit]

The song has been either recorded or performed live by:

  • Il Divo (2011, on their album Wicked Game)
  • Shir Ordo (2013, on the Israeli TV show "musics school" – "beit sefer le musica" in channel 2[12])
  • Vice Ganda (17 May 2013 on his "I-Vice Ganda Mo 'Ko Sa Araneta" concert)

Paloma San Basilio and Nacha Guevara recorded versions of the song in Spanish ("No llores por mí Argentina"). Katja Ebstein did a popular German version called "Wein’ nicht um mich Argentinien".

Laura Branigan never recorded the song, but regularly sang it during concerts throughout her career.

Contestant Alex Baldwin covered the song on the X Factor, in 2013.

Gheorghe Zamfir also produced a classical version of the music as part of his Magic of the Panpipes collection.

Madonna version[edit]

"Don't Cry for Me Argentina"
Single by Madonna
from the album Evita
Released December 1996
Format 12", CD single
Recorded 1995
Genre Orchestral pop
Length 5:34
Label Warner Bros.
Miami Mix:
Madonna singles chronology
"You Must Love Me"
"Don't Cry for Me Argentina"
"Another Suitcase in Another Hall"
The original album version as it appears in the movie Evita

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American singer-songwriter Madonna recorded her version of the song for her starring role in the 1996 film Evita. It was released in December 1996 as the second single from the soundtrack Evita. For the single release, Madonna re-recorded the song as a dance remix, produced by herself, Pablo Flores and Javier Garza. The "Miami Mix" versions included lyrics sung in English and Spanglish.


Sal Cinquemani from Slant Magazine commented: "Easily one of Madonna's greatest vocal performance to date, the singer's dramatic interpretation of Evita's unofficial theme song was both loyal and bizarrely autobiographical."[13] The single turned out to be a big worldwide hit, taking the number one spot in several countries, most notably in France, where it became her second number one (after "La Isla Bonita"). It was a US top ten hit, peaking at number eight. In Europe it was her ninth single to top the Eurochart Hot 100 Singles. According to The Official Charts Company, the song has sold 340,000 copies in the UK alone.[14]


  • Writers – Andrew Lloyd Webber, Tim Rice
  • Producers – Nigel Wright, Alan Parker, Andrew Lloyd Webber, David Caddick
  • Remix producers – Madonna, Pablo Flores, Javier Garza
  • Orchestra – John Mauceri
  • Engineer – Javier Garza
  • Mixing – Madonna, David Reitzas, Nigel Wright
  • Photography – David Appleby


Track listings[edit]

  • UK CD Single
  1. "Don't Cry for Me Argentina" (performed by Madonna) – 5:31
  2. "Santa Evita" (performed by Orchestra/John Mauceri) – 2:30
  3. "Latin Chant" (performed by Orchestra/John Mauceri) – 2:11
  • UK "The Dance Mixes" CD Single / Australian CD Single with fold-out poster / German 12" Single
  1. "Don't Cry for Me Argentina" (Miami Mix Edit) – 4:31
  2. "Don't Cry for Me Argentina" (Miami Spanglish Mix Edit) – 4:29
  3. "Don't Cry for Me Argentina" (Miami Mix) – 6:51
  4. "Don't Cry for Me Argentina" (album version) – 5:31
  • US 12" / CD Maxi-single (1997)
  1. "Don't Cry for Me Argentina" (Miami Mix Alternative Ending)
  2. "Don't Cry for Me Argentina" (Miami Spanglish Mix)
  3. "Don't Cry for Me Argentina" (Miami Mix Edit)
  4. "Don't Cry for Me Argentina" (Miami Dub Mix)
  5. "Don't Cry for Me Argentina" (Miami Mix Instrumental Version)
  6. "Don't Cry for Me Argentina" (Miami Spanglish Mix Edit)
  • UK Promo CD Single
  1. "Don't Cry for Me Argentina" (Miami Mix Edit) – 4:31
  2. "Don't Cry for Me Argentina" (Miami Mix) – 6:51
  • UK Promo 12" Single
  1. "Don't Cry for Me Argentina" (Miami Mix) – 6:51
  2. "Don't Cry for Me Argentina" (Miami Mix Edit) – 4:31
  3. "Don't Cry for Me Argentina" (Miami Spanglish Mix Edit) – 4:29
  • US Promo CD Single
  1. "Don't Cry for Me Argentina" (Radio Edit) – 4:49
  2. "Don't Cry for Me Argentina" (Album Version) – 5:31
  • the Miami Mix versions are not remixes of the original version, the vocals were re-recorded and this version is produced by Madonna, Pablo Flores and Javier Garza. These versions also contain lyrics from "Eva's Final Broadcast" and uses samples of "Fracanapa", written by Ástor Piazzolla and performed by Ástor Piazzolla and his Tango Quintet.

Charts and certifications[edit]

Preceded by
"Don't Give Up on Us" by David Soul
UK Singles Chart number-one single (Julie Covington version)
12 February 1977
Succeeded by
"When I Need You" by Leo Sayer
Preceded by
"Freed from Desire" by Gala
French SNEP Singles Chart number-one single (Madonna version)
25 January 1997 – 15 February 1997
Succeeded by
"Let a Boy Cry" by Gala
Preceded by
"Unbreak My Heart" by Toni Braxton
Eurochart Hot 100 Singles number-one single (Madonna version)
14 February 1997 – 15 March 1997
Succeeded by
"Don't Speak" by No Doubt
Preceded by
"Never Miss the Water" by Chaka Khan featuring Me'Shell Ndegeocello
Billboard Hot Dance Club Play number-one single (Madonna version)
22 February 1997
Succeeded by
"Runaway" by Nuyorican Soul featuring India

Title origin[edit]

At Evita Peron's grave in the La Recoleta Cemetery in Buenos Aires, one of the plaques is a tribute from the city's taxi drivers' union. One of her epitaphs, roughly translated, reads: "Don't cry for me Argentina, I remain quite near to you."[45]


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