Boys Don't Cry (The Cure song)

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"Boys Don't Cry"
Single by The Cure
B-side "Plastic Passion"
Released 15 June 1979 (1979-06-15)
Recorded 1979
Length 2:35
Label Fiction
Producer(s) Chris Parry
The Cure singles chronology
"Killing an Arab"
"Boys Don't Cry"
"Jumping Someone Else's Train"
"Boys Don't Cry (New Voice - New Mix)"
1986 UK re-release
Single by The Cure
B-side "Pillbox Tales"
Released 21 April 1986 (1986-04-21)
Length 2:38
Label Fiction
  • Robert Smith
  • Lol Tolhurst
  • Michael Dempsey
The Cure singles chronology
"Close to Me"
"Boys Don't Cry (New Voice · New Mix)"
"Why Can't I Be You?"

"Boys Don't Cry" is a song by English rock band the Cure. It was released in the UK as a stand-alone single in June 1979, and was included as the title track on Boys Don't Cry, the American equivalent to Three Imaginary Boys.


Written by Michael Dempsey, Robert Smith, and Lol Tolhurst, the lyrics tell the story of a man who has given up trying to regain the love that he has lost, and tries to disguise his true emotional state by "laughing, hiding the tears in [his] eyes, 'cause boys don't cry".[citation needed]

In April 1986 it was re-released under the title "New Voice · New Mix", in which the original track was remixed and the vocals re-recorded. The new version has not appeared on any subsequent release by the Cure, but can be heard in the music video for "Boys Don't Cry". It was released to promote Standing on a Beach; however, the original version of the song appears on the album.

Music video[edit]

The video, released in 1986 to promote the "New Voice New Mix" re-recording, features three children miming the song. Behind a curtain, Smith, Tolhurst, and Dempsey (in his only appearance with the band since his 1979 departure), appear as the children's shadows.


The 1999 film Boys Don't Cry took its title from the song; a cover version, performed by Nathan Larson, was used as the title song for the film. The song has appeared in numerous other films, including The Wedding Singer, 50 First Dates, Starter for Ten, I Do, Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist, Friends with Benefits (a cover version, performed by Grant-Lee Phillips, is used in the soundtrack of the film) and Me and You.

Track listings[edit]

7" vinyl

  1. "Boys Don't Cry" – 2:34
  2. "Plastic Passion" – 2:15

7" vinyl

  1. "Boys Don't Cry (New Voice · New Mix)" – 2:38
  2. "Pill Box Tales" – 2:54

12" vinyl

  1. "Boys Don't Cry (New Voice · Club Mix)" – 5:31
  2. "Pill Box Tales" – 2:56
  3. "Do the Hansa" – 2:40


Chart positions[edit]

Chart (1979–80) Peak
Australian ARIA Singles Chart 99[citation needed]
"Boys Don't Cry (New Voice · New Mix)"
Chart (1986) Peak
German Singles Chart 19[citation needed]
UK Singles Chart 22[4]
Australian ARIA Singles Chart 26[citation needed]
French Singles Chart 28[citation needed]
Dutch Top 40 Singles Chart 37[citation needed]
Spain (AFYVE) 31[5]


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  2. ^ Dominic Pedler (25 May 2010). The Songwriting Secrets Of The Beatles. Omnibus Press. p. 84. ISBN 978-0-85712-346-6. 
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  4. ^ Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 130. ISBN 1-904994-10-5. 
  5. ^ Salaverri, Fernando (September 2005). Sólo éxitos: año a año, 1959–2002 (1st ed.). Spain: Fundación Autor-SGAE. ISBN 84-8048-639-2. 

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