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"Drown in My Own Tears" (also billed as "I'll Drown in My Own Tears") is a 1956 soul single, written by Henry Glover and released by the singer Ray Charles on the Atlantic record label.

The song was one of Charles' most important singles during his Atlantic period, where he dominated the R&B singles charts. The song was also one of the first to include background vocals by other singers.

The song would later influence Charles to recruit a singing group he later called the Raelettes. It was also his third number-one single on the Billboard R&B singles chart.

The song was first recorded in 1951 by Lula Reed, on the King label (KING 4527) as part of a split-single 78rpm album. Blues pianist Sonny Thompson was featured on the A-side with the instrumental track, "Clang, Clang, Clang". "Drown in My Own Tears" was a #5 Billboard R&B hit for Lula Reed.[citation needed]

Drown in my own tears is a line from Alice in Wonderland.[citation needed]



  • Lead vocal and piano by Ray Charles
  • Instrumentation by the Ray Charles band
  • Background vocals by assorted singers

Cover versions


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