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"I'll Cry Instead"
Single by The Beatles
from the album A Hard Day's Night
B-side "I'm Happy Just to Dance with You"
Released 20 August 1964
Format 7"
Recorded Abbey Road Studios
1 June 1964
Genre Rock and roll, Country rock
Length 2:09 (original USA long version)
1:49 (standard short mono and stereo versions)
Label Capitol (US)
Writer(s) Lennon/McCartney
Producer George Martin
The Beatles singles chronology
"And I Love Her"
(US-1964)
"I'll Cry Instead"
(US-1964)
"Matchbox"
(US-1964)
A Hard Day's Night track listing

"I'll Cry Instead" is a John Lennon composition credited to Lennon/McCartney, and recorded by The Beatles for the soundtrack to their film A Hard Day's Night.

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Background

Lennon wrote the song for the "break-out" sequence in the film.[1] The song was recorded on 1 June 1964 in two sections, A and B,[2] 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.[3] When Walter Shenson re-released the film in 1981, "I'll Cry Instead" was included in a re-vamped opening sequence.[4]

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.""

Structure

"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."[5] 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.[6]

"I'll Cry Instead" is rooted in country & western,[1] a genre that The Beatles, and especially Ringo Starr, enjoyed playing.[7 ]

Personnel

Personnel per Ian MacDonald[1]

Releases

A short version (1:49) appeared in the UK on Parlophone PMC 1230 (mono) & PCS 3058 (stereo) A Hard Day's Night (album) and the British EP Extracts from the Album A Hard Day's Night Parlophone GEP 8920 (mono).

An extended 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), but the 1:49 version appears on the Capitol stereo version of Something New ST-2018.

I'll Cry Instead reached No. 25, and was in the Billboard Top 30 for two weeks and in the Top 100 for seven weeks.

Cover versions

Notes

  1. ^ a b c MacDonald 2005, p. 117.
  2. ^ Lewisohn 1988, p. 44.
  3. ^ Harry 1994, p. 321.
  4. ^ Harry 1994, p. 322.
  5. ^ Lennon 2006, p. 198.
  6. ^ Dowlding 1989, p. 175.
  7. ^ The Beatles 2000, p. 160.
  8. ^ Songfacts 2008.

References

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