|Single by Chris Isaak|
|from the album Forever Blue|
|Chris Isaak singles chronology|
"Somebody's Crying" is a song by musician Chris Isaak from his fifth album, Forever Blue. The song was released as the album's first single in May 1995. It also appears on his 2006 Best of Chris Isaak compilation. A live version is included on Isaak's 2008 Live in Australia album.
Inspiration and lyrics
Isaak wrote the song shortly after a breakup with his girlfriend. Isaak had attended a friend's party, but soon realized that he did not want to be there. He went inside a walk-in closet, closed the door, grabbed a guitar that was leaning against the back wall, and wrote "Somebody's Crying."
Lyrically, the song describes one's yearning for a former lover, and the fear of communicating again with that person. In a 1995 interview, Isaak compared the lyrics to a way children often speak:
|“||Most of us are as terrified of love as little kids are terrified of the world. Little kids come up to you and say, "I know someone who loves you" or "I know someone who likes you." They say it like, I'm not going to really come out and say it. And for adults, it's probably the same way. They never really get beyond that fear.||”|
The music video for "Somebody's Crying" was released in 1995 and was directed by Bill Pope. In contrast to the song's melancholy lyrical content, the video presents a more upbeat story of a summer romance, and features Isaak riding a surfboard, a favorite pastime of his. Isaak said, "I thought it would be more fun to do. More and more I'm trying to keep a little bit of fun in what I'm doing." Actors Jennifer Rubin, Jenna Elfman, Zen Gesner, and Chris Penn appear in the video.
Release and reception
Sample of "Somebody's Crying", taken from Chris Isaak's 1995 album Forever Blue.
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"Somebody's Crying" peaked at number 45 on the Billboard Hot 100 in August 1995, making it Isaak's second-highest charting single after "Wicked Game", which reached number six in 1991. "Somebody's Crying" also peaked at number 27 on the Hot AC chart, number 34 on the Alternative Songs chart, and number 36 on the Top 40 Mainstream chart. Elsewhere, the song peaked at number five in Australia and number 22 in New Zealand, marking Isaak's highest chart placement in those countries. However, the single was not as commercially successful in the UK, reaching only number 100 on its chart.
- CD and Cassette (US, UK, Australia, Germany)
- "Somebody's Crying"
- "Changed Your Mind"
- CD Maxi Single (Australia, Germany)
- "Somebody's Crying" (album version) - 2:46
- "Change Your Mind" (album version) - 3:50
- "The Little White Cloud That Cried" (written by Johnnie Ray) - 2:19
In popular culture
The song was played during parts of two episodes of the Fox television series Party of Five in 1995. It was also featured in a 1995 episode of MTV's Beavis and Butt-head. An acoustic performance of the song by Isaak is included in the 2000 DVD compilation, MTV Unplugged: Ballads.
|U.S. Billboard Hot 100||45 |
|U.S. Billboard Hot Adult Contemporary Tracks||27 |
|U.S. Billboard Alternative Songs||34 |
|U.S. Billboard Top 40 Mainstream||36 |
|Australian ARIA Singles Chart||5 |
|New Zealand Singles Chart||22 |
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