I'll Cry Instead

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"I'll Cry Instead"
Song by the Beatles from the album A Hard Day's Night
Released 10 July 1964
Recorded 1 June 1964,
EMI Studios, London
Genre Folk rock,[1] country[2]
Length 1:49
Label Parlophone
Writer Lennon–McCartney
Producer George Martin
A Hard Day's Night track listing
"I'll Cry Instead"
Single by The Beatles
from the album Something New
B-side "I'm Happy Just to Dance with You"
Released 20 August 1964
Format 7"
Recorded 1 June 1964,
EMI Studios, London
Genre Folk rock,[1] country[2]
Length 2:09
Label Capitol (US)
Writer(s) Lennon–McCartney
Producer(s) George Martin
The Beatles singles chronology
"And I Love Her" /
"If I Fell"
(US-1964)
"I'll Cry Instead" /
"I'm Happy Just to Dance with You"
(US-1964)
"Matchbox" /
"Slow Down"
(US-1964)

"I'll Cry Instead" is a John Lennon composition credited to Lennon–McCartney, and recorded by the Beatles for the soundtrack to their film A Hard Day's Night.

Background[edit]

Lennon wrote the song for the "break-out" sequence in the film.[2] The song was recorded on 1 June 1964 in two sections, A and B,[3] which could then be spliced together at a later date to achieve the required length to fit the film. However, director Richard Lester eventually decided he preferred the livelier "Can't Buy Me Love" with its upbeat lyric, and that was used instead.[4] When Walter Shenson re-released the film in 1981, "I'll Cry Instead" was included in an opening sequence as a tribute to Lennon consisting of a "Swingin'" early to mid-1960s-style collage of photos of the Beatles in 1964 around the time they were shooting the film.[5]

Although the song was not part of the original movie, the label of the American 45 lists the song as being "From the United Artists Picture, 'A Hard Day's Night'".

Structure[edit]

"I'll Cry Instead" was described by Cynthia Lennon as a cry for help, saying "It reflects the frustration he [John Lennon] felt at that time. He was the idol of millions, but the freedom and fun of the early days had gone."[6] John Lennon later said the line "A chip on my shoulder that's bigger than my feet" was an accurate indication of his feelings at the time.[7]

"I'll Cry Instead" is rooted in country & western,[2] a genre that the Beatles, and especially Ringo Starr, enjoyed playing.[8]

Personnel[edit]

Personnel per Ian MacDonald[2]

Releases[edit]

The full version (2:09) was released in the US on the United Artists soundtrack album A Hard Day's Night UAL-3366 (mono) and UAS-6366 (rechannelled stereo). This same version also appears on the US single and the mono version of Capitol's Something New T-2108 (mono). This full version appeared on The Capitol Albums, Volume 1, and was not included in the Beatles' remastered albums, making it exclusive to the Capitol Albums set.

An edited short version (1:49—the second verse deleted) appeared in the UK on Parlophone PMC 1230 (mono) & PCS 3058 (stereo) A Hard Day's Night (album), the British EP Extracts from the Album A Hard Day's Night Parlophone GEP 8920 (mono) and on Capitol stereo version of Something New ST-2018.

According to The Beatles: The Ultimate Recording Guide, the full version was also used in the original A Hard Day's Night film print since it ran at a slower speed than the record version.

"I'll Cry Instead" reached No. 25 in the Billboard Hot 100, and spent seven weeks in the chart, including two in the Top 30.

Cover versions[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b I'll Cry Instead at AllMusic
  2. ^ a b c d e MacDonald 2005, p. 117.
  3. ^ Lewisohn 1988, p. 44.
  4. ^ Harry 1994, p. 321.
  5. ^ Harry 1994, p. 322.
  6. ^ Lennon 2006, p. 198.
  7. ^ Dowlding 1989, p. 175.
  8. ^ The Beatles 2000, p. 160.
  9. ^ Songfacts 2008.

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