I'll Cry Instead

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"I'll Cry Instead"
Beatles I'll Cry Instead.jpg
Single by the Beatles
from the album Something New
B-side"I'm Happy Just to Dance with You"
Released20 July 1964 (US)
Recorded1 June 1964
StudioEMI Studios, London
GenreRock and roll,[1] country[2]
LabelCapitol (US)
Producer(s)George Martin
The Beatles US singles chronology
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"I'll Cry Instead"
"Slow Down"
"I'll Cry Instead"
I'll cry instead.jpg
Cover of the Northern Songs sheet music (licensed to Sonora Musikförlag)
Song by the Beatles
from the album A Hard Day's Night
Released10 July 1964
Recorded1 June 1964,
EMI Studios, London
GenreRock and roll
Producer(s)George Martin

"I'll Cry Instead" is a song written by John Lennon (credited to Lennon–McCartney), and recorded by the English rock band the Beatles for their third studio album, A Hard Day's Night (1964), a part-studio and part-soundtrack album to their film of the same name (1964). The song was released as a single in the US and later appeared on the album Something New in the US.


Lennon wrote the song for the "break-out" sequence in the film.[2] The song was recorded on 1 June 1964 in two sections, A and B,[3] which could then be spliced together at a later date to achieve the required length to fit the film. However, director Richard Lester eventually decided he preferred the livelier "Can't Buy Me Love" with its upbeat lyric, and that was used instead.[4] When Walter Shenson re-released the film in 1981, "I'll Cry Instead" was included in an opening sequence as a tribute to Lennon, consisting of a "Swingin'" early to mid-1960s-style collage of photos of the Beatles in 1964, around the time they were shooting the film.[5]

Although the song was not part of the original movie, the label of the American 45 lists the song as being "From the United Artists Picture, 'A Hard Day's Night'".


"I'll Cry Instead" was described by Cynthia Lennon as a cry for help, saying, "It reflects the frustration he [John Lennon] felt at that time. He was the idol of millions, but the freedom and fun of the early days had gone."[6] John Lennon later said the line "A chip on my shoulder that's bigger than my feet" was an accurate indication of his feelings at the time.[7]

"I'll Cry Instead" is rooted in country & western,[2] a genre that the Beatles, and especially Ringo Starr, enjoyed playing.[8]


Personnel per Ian MacDonald[2]


The full version (2:09) was released in the US on the United Artists soundtrack album A Hard Day's Night UAL-3366 (mono) and UAS-6366 (rechannelled stereo). This same version also appears on the US single and the mono version of Capitol's Something New T-2108 (mono). This full version appeared on The Capitol Albums, Volume 1, but was not included in the Beatles' remastered albums, making it exclusive to the Capitol Albums set. According to Mark Lewisohn, this is the only true mono mix.

An edited short version (1:49—the third verse deleted) appeared in the UK on Parlophone PMC 1230 (mono) & PCS 3058 (stereo) A Hard Day's Night (album), the British EP Extracts from the Album A Hard Day's Night Parlophone GEP 8920 (mono) and on the Capitol stereo version of Something New ST-2018. The stereo was folded down to mono for the mono album release.

"I'll Cry Instead" reached No. 25 in the Billboard Hot 100, and spent seven weeks in the chart, including two in the Top 30.

Most copies of the United Artists album list the title as "I Cry Instead" by mistake.[11]

Cover versions[edit]

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (1964) Peak
US Billboard Hot 100[13] 25
US Cash Box Top 100[14] 22


  1. ^ I'll Cry Instead at AllMusic
  2. ^ a b c d MacDonald 2005, p. 117.
  3. ^ Lewisohn 1988, p. 44.
  4. ^ Harry 1994, p. 321.
  5. ^ Harry 1994, p. 322.
  6. ^ Lennon 2006, p. 198.
  7. ^ Dowlding 1989, p. 175.
  8. ^ The Beatles 2000, p. 160.
  9. ^ "I'll Cry Instead. Beatles Music History".
  10. ^ "Alan W. Pollack's notes on "I'll Cry Instead"".
  11. ^ It's Been a Hard Day's Night (PDF)
  12. ^ Songfacts 2008.
  13. ^ "The Beatles Chart History (Hot 100)". Billboard. Retrieved 16 May 2016.
  14. ^ Hoffmann, Frank (1983). The Cash Box Singles Charts, 1950-1981. Metuchen, NJ & London: The Scarecrow Press, Inc. pp. 32–34.


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