You See Me Crying
|"You See Me Crying"|
|Single by Aerosmith|
|from the album Toys in the Attic|
|B-side||"Toys in the Attic"|
|Genre||Hard rock, symphonic rock, blues rock|
|Length||3:03 (Single Version)
5:12 (Album Version)
|Writer(s)||Steven Tyler, Don Solomon|
|Aerosmith singles chronology|
"You See Me Crying" is a power ballad by American hard rock band Aerosmith. It was released in 1975 as the last track on the band's breakthrough album Toys in the Attic. A shorter mix of the song was released as the third single from the album in November 1975, but failed to chart. Consequently, the original single (backed with "Toys In The Attic") is rather difficult for collectors to track down.
The song is a complex piano ballad and was heavily orchestrated. Aerosmith and producer Jack Douglas brought in a symphony orchestra for the song, which was conducted by Mike Mainieri. The song itself was written by lead singer Steven Tyler and outside collaborator Don Solomon. Some of the band members became frustrated with the song, which took a long time to complete, due to the many complex drum and guitar parts.
The band's label, Columbia Records, was nonetheless very impressed with the song and the recording process. Bruce Lundvall, then-president of Columbia Records walked in on the recording sessions for Toys when the band was working on the song and remarked: "You guys got an incredible thing going here. I just came from a Herbie Hancock session and this is much more fun".
While Aerosmith were planning the "Back in the Saddle" concert tour and recording the "Done with Mirrors" album during 1984, a radio DJ played the song. Steven liked the song so much, he suggested his group record a cover version, only to be told by his bandmate Joe Perry, "It's us, fuckhead." Steven was suffering from memory problems at the time due to heavy drug use, an issue that plagued the band and temporarily broke it up.
- Douglas, S. and Aerosmith: "Walk This Way", page 234. Avon, 1997
- Toys in the Attic 1993 Remastered Liner Notes