Cry Wolf (A-ha song)

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"Cry Wolf"
Cover-crywolf-big.jpg
Single by A-ha
from the album Scoundrel Days
B-side"Maybe, Maybe"
Released24 November 1986
Recorded1986
Genre
Length4:05
LabelWarner Bros.
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s)Alan Tarney
A-ha singles chronology
"I've Been Losing You"
(1986)
"Cry Wolf"
(1986)
"Manhattan Skyline"
(1987)

"Cry Wolf" is a song by Norwegian band A-ha, released as the second single from their second studio album, Scoundrel Days (1986).

Background[edit]

The lyrics "Night I left the city I dreamt of a Wolf..." are credited to Lauren Savoy, who was later married to the band's guitarist Paul Waaktaar-Savoy.

Commercial performance[edit]

"Cry Wolf" was the most successful single from the Scoundrel Days album in the United States, where it peaked at number 14 on the Hot Dance Music/Club Play charts and number 50 on the Billboard Hot 100, though it would be the band's last entry on that chart. The single reached the top 40 in various other countries, including top-five placings in the United Kingdom and Ireland, as well as number two in Norway. The single was certified silver by the British Phonographic Industry (BPI) on 1 January 1987.[1]

Music video[edit]

The video was directed by Steve Barron in Couches at the Chateau de Couches,[2] Burgundy, France. The theme of the video was taken from the fable The Boy Who Cried Wolf, which was also the inspiration for the song.

Track listings[edit]

  • UK 7-inch single (Warner Bros. / W 8500)
  1. "Cry Wolf" (Album Version) - 4:05
  2. "Maybe, Maybe" - 2:34
  • UK 12-inch single (Warner Bros. / W 8500T)
  1. "Cry Wolf" (Extended Version) - 8:12
  2. "Cry Wolf" (Album Version) - 4:05
  3. "Maybe, Maybe" - 2:34

Charts[edit]

Certifications[edit]

Certifications for "Cry Wolf"
Region Certification Certified units/sales
United Kingdom (BPI)[1] Silver 250,000^

^ Shipments figures based on certification alone.

References[edit]

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  2. ^ https://montjoye.net/chateau-de-couches
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  16. ^ "a-ha Chart History (Dance Club Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved 14 December 2020.
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  20. ^ "European Charts of the Year 1987 – Singles" (PDF). Music & Media. Vol. 4 no. 51/52. 26 December 1987. p. 34. OCLC 29800226 – via World Radio History.