Everytime I Cry

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"Everytime I Cry"
Single by Terri Clark
from the album How I Feel
B-side "Till I Get There"[1]
Released January 25, 1999
Format CD single
Genre Country
Length 3:47
Label Mercury
Writer(s) Bob Regan
Karen Staley
Producer(s) Keith Stegall
Terri Clark singles chronology
"You're Easy on the Eyes"
"Everytime I Cry"
"Unsung Hero"

"Everytime I Cry" is a song written by Bob Regan and Karen Staley, and recorded by Canadian country music artist Terri Clark. It was released in January 1999 as the third single from her album How I Feel. The song reached number 2 on the RPM Country Tracks chart in May 1999[2] and number 12 on the Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks chart.[3]


The song chronicles a woman's continuing disappointment in her ex-lover who keeps putting her heart into misery over and over again.

Critical reception[edit]

Deborah Evans Price, of Billboard magazine reviewed the song favorably, saying that Clark gives a strong performance. She calls Stegall's production "always right on the mark."[4]

Music video[edit]

The music video was directed by Morgan Lawley and premiered in early 1999. The video shows Clark on an escalator and in a room with the walls around her moving closer. The video storyline interprets various forms of domestic abuse. A young boy is shown with a hamster in the cage, at the same time a man calls the house while the mother lets the phone ring, as the boy attempts to answer the phone he is denied by his mother, who advises him not to. The mother, meanwhile is putting on makeup to cover bruises on her face. The young boy goes over to a young girl's place with the hamster in the shoebox. As she attempts to leave the house, he witnesses the girl getting verbally and physically abused by her father. The boy runs home and calls 911 to report the abuse and the young girl is taken away by Child Protective Services. After the call is made, the father is confronted by the authorities and the young boy gives the girl the hamster he intended to give her earlier as she is in the police car. Another girl is seen breaking into her parents house and stealing money from her mother's purse and is kicked out of the home after being confronted by her mother. She gets in the van with her boyfriend, who is seen to be her pimp. When she attempts to return home later in the video, the locks on the doors are changed by her parents. She attempts to break down the door to no avail, while her parents are in fear of their daughter, who then returns to her boyfriend. The video sees both families meeting in a support group for abuse victims. The video concludes with the number for the National Domestic Violence Hotline showing on the screen.

Chart performance[edit]

"Everytime I Cry" debuted at number 58 on the U.S. Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks for the week of February 6, 1999.

Chart (1999) Peak
Canada Country Tracks (RPM)[5] 2
US Billboard Hot 100[6] 69
US Hot Country Songs (Billboard)[7] 12

Year-end charts[edit]

Chart (1999) Position
Canada Country Tracks (RPM)[8] 36
US Country Songs (Billboard)[9] 60


  1. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2008). Hot Country Songs 1944 to 2008. Record Research, Inc. pp. 95–96. ISBN 0-89820-177-2. 
  2. ^ RPM Country Tracks
  3. ^ Terri Clark Chart History
  4. ^ Billboard, January 30, 1999
  5. ^ "Top RPM Country Tracks: Issue 8156." RPM. Library and Archives Canada. May 31, 1999. Retrieved July 7, 2013.
  6. ^ "Terri Clark – Chart history" Billboard Hot 100 for Terri Clark.
  7. ^ "Terri Clark – Chart history" Billboard Hot Country Songs for Terri Clark.
  8. ^ "RPM Top 100 Country Tracks of 1999". RPM. December 13, 1999. Retrieved July 7, 2013. 
  9. ^ "Best of 1999: Country Songs". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. 1999. Retrieved July 7, 2013. 

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