When the Children Cry

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"When the Children Cry"
Single by White Lion
from the album Pride
A-side "When the Children Cry"
B-side "Lady of the Valley"
Released 1988
Format 7" vinyl
CD single
Recorded 1987
Genre Acoustic rock
Length 4:18
Label Atlantic
White Lion singles chronology
"Tell Me"
"When the Children Cry"
"All You Need Is Rock 'n' Roll"

"When the Children Cry" is a ballad performed by the rock band White Lion. It is the third single and 10th and final track on their 1987 album Pride. The single peaked at #3 on the Billboard Hot 100, #7 on the Mainstream Rock Tracks[1] and #88 in the UK in early 1989.

The song features a music video and was also re-recorded in 1999 on the album Remembering White Lion (also released as "Last Roar" in 2004) and a live version was released on the album Rocking the USA. The re-recorded and live versions were both released as promo and later iTunes singles.[2] In 2004 an acoustic version of "When the Children Cry" was recorded and featured on the "VH1 Classic Metal Mania: Stripped" compilation.

In early 2003, just before the beginning of the Iraq War, it was covered by Christian indie rock group Seventh Day Slumber. In 2008, the song was sampled by Sabac Red on "As Children Cry".

Chart performance[edit]

Original release[edit]

Chart (1988-9) Peak
Canadian Singles Chart[3] TOP 10
Swedish Singles Chart[4] 7
Tokyo Hot 100[5] 4
U.K. Singles Chart[6] 88
U.S. Billboard Hot 100[7] 3
U.S. Billboard Mainstream Rock Chart[8] 7
U.S. Cashbox Top 100[9] 4

Year-end charts[edit]

End of year chart (1989) Position
Canadian RPM Top 100[10] 53
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 60

Track listing[edit]

  1. "When the Children Cry" – 4:18
  2. "Lady of the Valley" – 6:35


See also[edit]