Cry Baby Cry

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"Cry Baby Cry"
The cover of the song's sheet music
Song by the Beatles
from the album The Beatles
Released22 November 1968
Recorded15, 16, 18 July 1968
StudioEMI Studios, London
LabelApple Records
Producer(s)George Martin

"Cry Baby Cry" is a song by the English rock band the Beatles, written by John Lennon[1] (credited to Lennon–McCartney) from their 1968 double album The Beatles (also known as "the White Album"). The outro of the song is a short segment referred to as "Can You Take Me Back", written by Paul McCartney, which was actually an outtake from the "I Will" session.


Demos indicate that Lennon composed the song in late 1967. The original lyrics were "Cry baby cry, make your mother buy." Lennon described to biographer Hunter Davies how he got the words from an advertisement.[2] Some of the lyrics of the song are loosely based on the nursery rhyme "Sing a Song of Sixpence".


Engineer Geoff Emerick resigned during the recording of "Cry Baby Cry", though his departure was precipitated by Lennon and McCartney's obsessions over the recording of both "Revolution" and "Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da", respectively, and the overall tensions of the White Album sessions. Emerick would not work with the Beatles again until the session for "The Ballad of John and Yoko" nine months later.[3]

After a day-long rehearsal, on 16 July 1968 the basic tracks were laid down for Lennon's guitar part and his vocal on the introduction, McCartney's bass, and Starr's drums, along with Lennon's piano and George Martin's harmonium, while all other parts were dubbed in two days later: Lennon's lead vocal, Lennon/McCartney falsetto backing vocals and tambourines, Martin's harmonium introduction, sound effects for tea, and Harrison's guitar, a Gibson Les Paul borrowed from Eric Clapton and soon to be a permanent gift.[4]

"Can You Take Me Back?"[edit]

The song is followed on the album by an unrelated and unlisted track, ad libbed and sung by Paul McCartney. Though the song originally had no official name, it has popularly become known as "Can You Take Me Back?" after the primary lyric of the song, and has been officially deemed so on the track listing for the 50th anniversary edition of The Beatles.[5] The hidden track is an improvised jam recorded by McCartney during a 16 September 1968 session for "I Will".[6]


Per Ian MacDonald:[7]

"Cry Baby Cry"

"Can You Take Me Back?"

Cover versions[edit]


  1. ^ Miles 1997, p. 487.
  2. ^ Davies 1968.
  3. ^ Lewisohn 1988, p. 173.
  4. ^ Everett 1999, p. 167.
  5. ^ "The Beatles (White Album) – The Tracklisting". 24 September 2018. Retrieved 1 October 2018.
  6. ^ Pollack, Alan. "Notes on "Can You Take Me Back"". Retrieved 25 November 2011.
  7. ^ MacDonald 2005, p. 296.
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