Grown Men Don't Cry

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"Grown Men Don't Cry"
Grown Men Don't Cry.jpg
Single by Tim McGraw
from the album Set This Circus Down
Released March 26, 2001
Genre Country
Length 3:55
Label Curb
Tim McGraw singles chronology
"Let's Make Love"
"Grown Men Don't Cry"
"Angry All the Time"
"Let's Make Love"
"Grown Men Don't Cry"
"Angry All the Time"

"Grown Men Don't Cry" is a song written by Tom Douglas and Steve Seskin, and performed by American country music artist Tim McGraw. It was released in April 2001 as the first single from McGraw's Set This Circus Down album. The song reached Number-One on the Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks (now Hot Country Songs) chart and peaked at number 25 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 chart.

Background and writing[edit]

One of the songwriters, Tom Douglas told The Boot the story behind the song. "I had gone to the grocery store one day, had parked my car and was walking into the store when I saw this woman talking on a pay phone. She had mascara tears running down her face, and her little boy was weaving in and out of her legs while she was talking on the phone and she looked like an ice cream cone, melting. I went in the store, got my groceries, came back out, and wondered what happened to them. And then I passed by a car, and they were in it. And in the back of the car were newspapers and Chef Boyardee cans. And I thought, what should I do? And I did nothing except get back in my car and go home. And I was haunted by my paralysis and inability to do anything about that. And that feeling started this song when I sat down to write with Steve. I had that first verse, and actually the second vignette was more Steve's life than it was mine ... about putting the rose on the grave and talking to the wind. And then the third verse was kind of a combination of both of our lives, but being tied together by singing, 'I don't know why / They say grown men don't cry.'" [1]

Critical reception[edit]

Kevin John Coyne of Country Universe gave the song an A grade, saying that the positive review is due to the "combination of the vivid imagery and McGraw’s plaintive vocal performance." He goes on to say that the second verse "is so well-crafted, and McGraw delivers it so masterfully that it always surprises me, no matter how many times I hear it."[2]

Chart performance[edit]

"Grown Men Don't Cry" debuted at number 30 on the U.S. Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks for the chart week of March 24, 2001.

Chart (2001) Peak
US Hot Country Songs (Billboard)[3] 1
US Billboard Hot 100[4] 25

Year-end charts[edit]

Chart (2001) Position
US Country Songs (Billboard)[5] 12


  1. ^ Horner, Marianne (10 March 2010). "Tim McGraw, 'Grown Men Don't Cry' - Story Behind the Lyrics". The Boot. Retrieved 20 June 2010. 
  2. ^ Song review
  3. ^ "Tim McGraw – Chart history" Billboard Hot Country Songs for Tim McGraw.
  4. ^ "Tim McGraw – Chart history" Billboard Hot 100 for Tim McGraw.
  5. ^ "Best of 2001: Country Songs". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. 2001. Retrieved August 14, 2012. 

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Preceded by
"Don't Happen Twice"
by Kenny Chesney
Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks
number-one single

June 16, 2001
Succeeded by
"I'm Already There"
by Lonestar