C-R-Y

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Introduction by Jimmy Flemion


The second track on The Frogs first is the song "C-R-Y". At the time I wrote the song I was working at a place where I was writing the letters CR (short for cranberry) over and over on the top of plastic lids for juice cups. Also I know it contained the letters of a girl's name I knew so i am sure that came out subconsciously in the song as well. The lyrics themselves point out how hurt I am or was and it's always later when you look at these songs and see how you misunderstood things and how you thought it was always someome else's fault in life since there are always things I should have said, things I shouldn't have said, things I should have done and things I shouldn't have done enlightenment moment you awaken to at a later date- but it makes for a beautiful and sad song nonetheless- so sad a song that I cried when writing it.

Lyrics


how can you make me cry<br&> and not even bat an eye?<br&> you don't wanna see me<br&> you don't wanna see me<br&>

c-r-y c-r-y c-r-y<br&> why do you want to see me?<br&> c-r-<br&>

how can you call it quits?<br&> how come i feel like<br&> you don't wanna see me?<br&> you don't wanna see me<br&>

c-r-y c-r-y c-r-y<br&> why do you want to see me?<br&> c-r-<br&>

why do you want to see me<br&> c-r-<br&> c-r-<br&> c-r-y?<br&>

Notes


"C-R-Y" was written on February 12, 1986, 9 days after the first LP's recording sessions had begun so it was thought to be a winner and worthy of inclusion on the record. It was written on a Washburn acoustic stereo prototype guitar and begins with an A sus4 hammer chord released to an A minor before going into an A minor / E Major / F Major / E Major chord progression. Originally the song stayed on E Major on the word "eye" before jumping to the G Major chord but Dennis (Flemion) suggested that I drop the E Major chord and jump to the G major chord right away. The chorus goes C Major / C Major (B in Bbass) / Asus4 / A minor / D Major / G Major / D minor 6 / E Major / A minor / D minor 6 / G Major. The song ends on a A sus 4 chord leaving the lyrical question (why?) and the answer to that question up in the air and unresolved. <br&>

The same chord A sus 4 can be heard in the song "A Time For Us", the love theme from Franco Zeffirelli's motion picture "Romeo And Juliet". In my song "C-R-Y" the D note melody on the letter and lyric (y or why?) is unexpected and makes your ears perk up and take notice as if the note is out of place but the note is actually befitting the question and mood of the song. Rodgers and Hammerstein in their song "Oh, What A Beautiful Morning" from their musical "Oklahoma" use this effect as well on the first syllable of the word "morn-ing". This is a trick or device they would use on many of their songs as part of their trademark and can be heard as well on another of their compositions "Something Wonderful" from the musical "The King And I". <br&>

The original lyric to the song "C-R-Y" was "Why do you make me cry?" before being changed to the final version's lyric "How can you make me cry?". A statement showing our hero either having been hurt or defiant of the notion he can be hurt. There is one other original verse that was cut out of the song in favor of the final version and this would have made it two back to back verses before the chorus.<br&>

(Why Do?)<br&> How can you bolt the door?<br&> Punch my ghost and<br&>

How can you call it quits?<br&> How come I feel like?<br&>

The track "C-R-Y" contains bass guitar played by myself and bass lines written by Dennis (Flemion), drums written by Dennis and played on the drum machine, acoustic guitars played by myself and once again double tracked vocals ala John, Paul, George, Ringo and Ian Anderson of Jethro Tull fame.<br&>