The Dolphin's Cry

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"The Dolphin's Cry"
Dolphins Cry.jpg
Single by Live
from the album The Distance to Here
B-side "Vine Street"
Released August 21, 1999
Format CD single
Recorded At the Site, Village Recorder, A&M Studios and the Plant, 1999
Genre Alternative rock
Hard rock
Length 4:25 (album version)
4:02 (radio edit)
Label Radioactive (US)
Writer(s) Ed Kowalczyk
Producer(s) Jerry Harrison & Live
Live singles chronology
"The Dolphin's Cry"

Next single = "Run to the Water"

"The Dolphin's Cry" is a song by American alternative rock band Live. It was released in August 1999 as the lead single from their fourth studio album The Distance to Here. The song was co-produced by Jerry Harrison of Talking Heads.

Music video[edit]

The video, directed by Martin Weisz,[1] features the band playing in an alley as successively larger waves of water flow towards them. The other people in the alley grow more panicked as the waves get larger. Towards the end of the song, the largest wave sweeps through the alley and knocks the band down, but they get back up and resume playing.

Track listings[edit]

All songs written by Ed Kowalczyk, except where noted:

US version (Promo)[edit]

  1. "The Dolphin's Cry" (Radio Edit) – 4:02
  2. "The Dolphin's Cry" (Album Version) – 4:27
  3. "The Dolphin's Cry" (Suggested Callout Hook) – 0:21

South African and Australian version[edit]

  1. "The Dolphin's Cry" (Radio Edit) – 4:02
  2. "Vine Street" – 3:19
  3. "Sun" (Loop Version) – 4:42

European version 1[edit]

  1. "The Dolphin's Cry" (Album Version) – 4:24
  2. "Vine Street" – 3:19
  3. "Lakini's Juice" (Sippin' on Lakini's Juice Remix) (Kowalczyk, Live) – 7:42

European version 2[edit]

  1. "The Dolphin's Cry" (Album Version) – 4:24
  2. "Sun" (Loop Version) – 4:42
  3. "Turn My Head" (Recorded live in Melbourne, Australia 1997) (Kowalczyk, Live) – 4:14
  4. "The Dolphin's Cry" (Video)

German version 1[edit]

  1. "The Dolphin's Cry" – 4:24
  2. "Vine Street" – 3:19

German version 2[edit]

  1. "The Dolphin's Cry" – 4:24
  2. "Vine Street" – 3:19
  3. "Sun" (Loop Version) – 4:42

Chart performance[edit]

In the US "The Dolphin's Cry" reached #78 on the Billboard Hot 100 Chart, #2 on the Mainstream Rock Chart and #3 on the Modern Rock Tracks Chart.[2] In Canada the song topped the Rock / Alternative chart.[3]

The single also reached #7 in Belgium (Flanders), #10 in The Netherlands, #25 in Australia, #48 in New Zealand[4] and #62 in the UK.[5] The song proved to be Live's final entry in the UK Singles Chart.


Chart (1999) Peak
Australia (ARIA)[6] 25
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders)[7] 7
Canada Alternative 30 (RPM) 1
Netherlands (Single Top 100)[8] 10
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)[9] 48
UK Singles (Official Charts Company) 62
US Billboard Hot 100 78
US Billboard Modern Rock Tracks 3
Preceded by
"Enemy" by Days of the New
RPM Canadian rock/alternative chart Number-one single
November 1–7, 1999
Succeeded by
"Enemy" by Days of the New


This song was featured in The Sopranos episode University when Caitlin Rucker interrupts Meadow Soprano and Noah Tannenbaum kissing.[10]


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