Woman Don't You Cry for Me
|"Woman Don't You Cry For Me"|
1977 UK single face label
|Song by George Harrison|
|from the album Thirty Three & 1/3|
|Released||19 November 1976|
|Producer(s)||George Harrison with Tom Scott|
|Thirty Three & 1/3 track listing|
Harrison started writing the song in Gothenburg, Sweden in 1969. Along with his friend, fellow guitarist Eric Clapton, Harrison was on a European tour at the time with Delaney & Bonnie and Friends. Delaney Bramlett handed Harrison a bottleneck slide guitar, which he immediately began to play around with. One of the first results of Harrison's discovery of this instrument was "Woman Don't You Cry For Me". Harrison later said that the title of the song might have been suggested by Bramlett. Harrison also stated that the song almost went on his 1970 triple album All Things Must Pass, but did not actually appear until 1976 and Thirty Three & 1/3. In May 1977, the song appeared as the B-side to the third single off the album in the UK, "It's What You Value".
"Woman Don't You Cry for Me" was another creation in a seam of bottleneck-inspired Harrison tunes from the period − "Sue Me, Sue You Blues", "I Dig Love", "Māya Love" and "Hari's on Tour (Express)" being others. The song is in open E.
In November 2011, an early take of "Woman Don't You Cry for Me" was included on the deluxe edition CD for the British DVD release of the Martin Scorsese-directed documentary George Harrison: Living in the Material World. This version is included on Early Takes: Volume 1.
- George Harrison – vocals, slide guitars, tambourine, jew's harp
- David Foster – clavinet
- Richard Tee – organ
- Willie Weeks – bass
- Alvin Taylor – drums
- Tom Scott – baritone saxophones
- Thirty Three & 1/3 (CD booklet). George Harrison. Dark Horse Records. 2004. p. 2.CS1 maint: others (link)
- Alan Clayson, George Harrison, Sanctuary (London, 2003; ISBN 1-86074-489-3), p. 280.
- Keith Badman, The Beatles Diary Volume 2: After the Break-Up 1970–2001, Omnibus Press (London, 2001; ISBN 0-7119-8307-0), p. 209.
- George Harrison, I Me Mine, Chronicle Books (San Francisco, CA, 2002), p. 234.
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