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The Cure — Boys Don't Cry
Album: Staring At The Sea
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Released: 1986
Length: 2:31
Plays (last 30 days): 2
I would say I'm sorry
If I thought that it would change your mind
But I know that this time
I have said too much, been too unkind

I try to laugh about it
Cover it all up with lies
I try to laugh about it
Hiding the tears in my eyes

'Cause boys don't cry
Boys don't cry

I would break down at your feet
And beg forgiveness, plead with you
But I know that it's too late
And now there's nothing I can do

So I try to laugh about it
Cover it all up with lies
I try to laugh about it
Hiding the tears in my eyes

'Cause boys don't cry
Boys don't cry

I would tell you that I loved you
If I thought that you would stay
But I know that it's no use
That you've already gone away

Misjudged your limits
Pushed you too far
Took you for granted
I thought that you needed me more, more, more

Now I would do most anything
To get you back by my side
But I just keep on laughing
Hiding the tears in my eyes

'Cause boys don't cry
Boys don't cry
Boys don't cry
Comments (169)add comment
Diversity.  Why I love RP.  
Such a peppy song, it outshines the sadness in the lyrics.
I firmly believe there was a change in The Cure's music marked by the recognition that a great many fans were those who found Chris Smith's voice alluring.
makes me dance and turn up the volume
I cry.
My daughter fell in love with next door boy, and angry with me because boys don't cry.
 lemmoth wrote: Yep and Bill just did it again.  Great segway!
Ain't nowhere but RP where we get to hear Blue Eyes Crying in the Rain followed by Boys Don't Cry - this is why I LOVE THIS STATION

 

 


{#Hearteyes}
 (former member) wrote:

Yes, this is a surprisingly good song...


 
Agreed.  
 Fiji5555 wrote:

Rinky dinky singing and playing and writing, some of the worst of the 80s not that the 80s were much to begin with.

 
Sorry to be pedantic, but it came out in 1979. Still rinky dinky, though.
 lemmoth wrote:
Ain't nowhere but RP where we get to hear Blue Eyes Crying in the Rain followed by Boys Don't Cry - this is why I LOVE THIS STATION

 

 

ECLECTIC:

1)Radio Paradise

2)My musical taste   
Ain't nowhere but RP where we get to hear Blue Eyes Crying in the Rain followed by Boys Don't Cry - this is why I LOVE THIS STATION

 
Killing it
 upgal wrote:
what a come down after dylan.  

 
Rinky dinky singing and playing and writing, some of the worst of the 80s not that the 80s were much to begin with.
what a come down after dylan.  
Me thinks that a clay-mation video using John Buttons image would have be interesting back in the day to go along with this song.....{#Smile}
Oh yeah, I've been meaning to grab this disk for a listen. This decides it...still love it...
{#Motor}{#Whipit}
Boys might not cry - I do cry, hearing this kids rubbish!
i like this song but love the Grant Lee Phillips cover.
 FrankMc wrote:
Yo, Stingy, hush. We don't care what you like.

Use a spellchecker. (I admit that I would always misspell rhythm without benefit of a spellchecker, but that's what they're for.)

What a great song. The vocal is brilliant. Just the right note of a boy wanting to cry.

 
Stingray wrote:
Seriously DISLIKE this song. No melody. No mood. No swing. No rythm. Stupid words.
Leave alone the guy can´t sing. The CURE have just one single good song!
 



 
The first agreement with sting, this band (tearm used instead of unprintable true feelings...) SUCKS.
 VH1 wrote:

{#Guitarist}{#Clap}{#Clap}{#Clap}{#Clap}{#Clap}{#Clap}{#Clap}{#Clap}

  



  It is PSD, OR MUTE


take your finger out of your throat.... or just choke it down and shut up.....
adolesant, adenoidal drivel , by an overated  band....( just  my opinion )  {#Stop}
So wonderful.  Simple and to the point.  Cure's version of a Ramones song. 
SUXZ! {#Yawn}
I must not have the "Cure Gene".  

{#Guitarist}{#Clap}{#Clap}{#Clap}{#Clap}{#Clap}{#Clap}{#Clap}{#Clap}

  


Perhaps it's been explained here before, but..

The man featured on the album cover was not a member of the Cure; he was chosen because his appearance fit the desired aesthetic of the album. His name is John Button, and was at the time a retired fisherman. He also appeared in the music video for "Killing an Arab." According to the band's 2005 biography by Jeff Apter, when asked why he agreed to lend his face to the band's media, Button's answer was "If I can help these youngsters break through, after all, why not?" He also reportedly said that he would buy a player and listen to one of the band's songs "out of curiosity, just to see."
 mgoldman wrote:
Just a visceral reaction.  I cannot stand the Cure.  Hat's off to those who love them.  Different strokes....
 
Just a visceral reaction that generally I like the Cure. Thankfully - because not liking them would be a drag. 
is this really nessarry.........
 Cynaera wrote:
I love the cover picture - that man's face has such character!  Those lines around his mouth are smile-lines - you can bet your bottom dollar that when he breaks into a grin, it covers his whole face and lights up his eyes, and probably influences everyone around him to smile, too.  And I like this song. But I like the album cover better... {#Mrgreen}
 

Miss you...

love this marvelous song...


 
fer christsake -blow yer nose!
 Ag3nt0rang3 wrote:

But Disintegration is the best album ever!!
 
Agreed!
Self indulgent...self important wailing.
Homo-"rock"!


Everybody in my hotel loves this song...

 
Every time I see the cover, I always wonder why Leonard Cohen's picture is on the front of a Cure album!
yah man  ist immernoch gut anzuhören  {#Cheers}
 sirdroseph wrote:
This is probably their best album; a compilation of their best!{#Guitarist}
 
But Disintegration is the best album ever!!


still excellent...  still love it...

I miss 80's speed metal!   {#Cry}
Without a doubt!

 
sirdroseph wrote:
This is probably their best album; a compilation of their best!{#Guitarist}
 


 sirdroseph wrote:
This is probably their best album; a compilation of their best!{#Guitarist}
 
On the A side, maybe - that's a good compilation of their work - but the B side of 'experimental' tracks and remixes is a dog's breakfast, IMO.

This is probably their best album; a compilation of their best!{#Guitarist}
love this song..

I love the cover picture - that man's face has such character!  Those lines around his mouth are smile-lines - you can bet your bottom dollar that when he breaks into a grin, it covers his whole face and lights up his eyes, and probably influences everyone around him to smile, too.  And I like this song. But I like the album cover better... {#Mrgreen}
 sirdroseph wrote:


That is actually a perfect description of this song, I have always loved it!
 


Yeah, this is a great song...

 
Awful segue from Josh Ritter's Girl in the War.


LOL!


 romeotuma wrote:

Yes, this is a surprisingly good song...

 

That is actually a perfect description of this song, I have always loved it!
Mid 80's —groundbreaking, brilliant, and the first time I listened to the whole song... not awesome but excellent
 helgigermany wrote:
Very nice, indeed!!
 


Yes, this is a surprisingly good song...



 mgoldman wrote:
Just a visceral reaction.  I cannot stand the Cure. 
 
          I concur.  At least they're consistent.


Very nice, indeed!!
Just a visceral reaction.  I cannot stand the Cure.  Hat's off to those who love them.  Different strokes....
Thz Bill. You're rockin it tonight!


excellent...


 robco1 wrote:

Sorry RDO, but I'm with Uncle Fenster on this one. I think too many times the posts degenerate into adolescent trolling designed not to express a preference but to lessen the enjoyment of the listeners who like what they are hearing. I like a good cheeky crack as much as the next guy, but I try to stay away from posting insult comments on certain song pages because you never know what this song may mean to someone and I'd rather not be caught "heckling at a funeral," if you catch my meaning.

Although I kinda miss Physicsgenius in a masochistic way.
 

Ain't no words ever affected my enjoyment of a song, if I love it, I love it; if I hate it, I hate it! It is between me and the song and no one else!{#No}
Never could understand why this group gained any popularity{#Snooty}
Nice!!


This song is cool...  love it...


very 80's
This whole album is great!{#Clap}
Men do cry.... when this song plays on RP. Noooooo....Bill why?? {#Cry}

Another memory maker.


This song is soooo good for the ears...


GREAT BAND - GREAT SONG!!!!

THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU


rdo wrote:


I agree with you about the variety. There is a whole lot here at RP that I don't like either, but I like about half, and flat out love about a quarter of it. I can't do better anywhere else. I don't agree with you about negative comments. Most are just tongue-in-cheek harmless banter. It is nice to hear why a particular poster does not like a song/group, but it's not required. Just lighten up and don't take a dissenting voice or opinion for more than what it is - an expression of another person's own preference. Believe me, no negative poster can harm the inviolable reputation of The Talking Heads' or The Cure, and if it distracts from your enjoyment, then don't read the posts.

a descent for the dissent that's decent (all done without spellchecker : )




love it...


Yo, Stingy, hush. We don't care what you like.

Use a spellchecker. (I admit that I would always misspell rhythm without benefit of a spellchecker, but that's what they're for.)

What a great song. The vocal is brilliant. Just the right note of a boy wanting to cry.

 
Stingray wrote:
Seriously DISLIKE this song. No melody. No mood. No swing. No rythm. Stupid words.
Leave alone the guy can´t sing. The CURE have just one single good song!

 




great song...


rdo wrote:


I agree with you about the variety. There is a whole lot here at RP that I don't like either, but I like about half, and flat out love about a quarter of it. I can't do better anywhere else. I don't agree with you about negative comments. Most are just tongue-in-cheek harmless banter. It is nice to hear why a particular poster does not like a song/group, but it's not required. Just lighten up and don't take a dissenting voice or opinion for more than what it is - an expression of another person's own preference. Believe me, no negative poster can harm the inviolable reputation of The Talking Heads' or The Cure, and if it distracts from your enjoyment, then don't read the posts.

Sorry RDO, but I'm with Uncle Fenster on this one. I think too many times the posts degenerate into adolescent trolling designed not to express a preference but to lessen the enjoyment of the listeners who like what they are hearing. I like a good cheeky crack as much as the next guy, but I try to stay away from posting insult comments on certain song pages because you never know what this song may mean to someone and I'd rather not be caught "heckling at a funeral," if you catch my meaning.

Although I kinda miss Physicsgenius in a masochistic way.


 akmegan wrote:

This IS my thing. However, Ive always wondered the same thing. One of the band members fathers? Uncles? Brothers-friends-landlord? Who is that guy? {#Rolleyes}
 
That's actually Robert Smith as a teenager. He looks much older now. {#Shifty}
 Uncle_Fenester wrote:
Note to those who bitch and moan every time a Cure (or Talking Heads or other early punk/new wave) song is played on RP: I don't post pissy comments about noodling old hippies every time Bill plays Crosby Stills and Nash or Jefferson Airplane or the Grateful Dead, because I understand that variety is good and that all of these bands have a place in the pantheon of popular music whether they are to my personal taste or not. I might even develop some appreciation for them over time from hearing them here. The beauty of RP is that the music here is not bound by genre or era, and if that means you have to put up with some of what isn't normally to your taste, then buck up, or turn down the volume, or go listen to Clear Channel.

Personally, I think The Cure is f**king brilliant.
 

I agree with you about the variety. There is a whole lot here at RP that I don't like either, but I like about half, and flat out love about a quarter of it.  I can't do better anywhere else.  I don't agree with you about negative comments.  Most are just tongue-in-cheek harmless banter.  It is nice to hear why a particular poster does not like a song/group, but it's not required.  Just lighten up and don't take a dissenting voice or opinion for more than what it is - an  expression of another person's own preference.  Believe me, no negative poster can harm the inviolable reputation of The Talking Heads' or The Cure, and if it distracts from your enjoyment, then don't read the posts.
 Jack_Jefferson wrote:
Not my thing. Who's the guy on the cover?
 
This IS my thing. However, Ive always wondered the same thing. One of the band members fathers? Uncles? Brothers-friends-landlord? Who is that guy? {#Rolleyes}
Only Robert Smith's voice can do full justice to this song.  It has just the right rebellious yet vulnerable whine.


Saw The Cure in Tampa last summer ('08) and absolutely loved the show.  They are consummate professionals...don't believe I heard a single wrong note in the entire 3 hour show.  Some great bootlegs from their tour are floating around the Net.   {#Clap}
 Stingray wrote:
Seriously DISLIKE this song. No melody. No mood. No swing. No rythm. Stupid words.
Leave alone the guy can´t sing. The CURE have just one single good song!

 

...honestly?..this is pure garage pop candy, before the cure developed their later identity, and it's a great song!..
A classic from a great band.
 DELTA__9__FOOLS wrote:
Love this track.
 

Dirtona?? I'm down the street from Dirtona, in Central Florida's little Switzerland...Ola!
Dreadful song.
Love this track.
Seriously DISLIKE this song. No melody. No mood. No swing. No rythm. Stupid words.
Leave alone the guy can´t sing. The CURE have just one single good song!

On_The_Beach wrote:
Well I agree, in principle, but at the same time I think we should all be able to post negative as well as positive comments, as long as they're a little more constructive than "This Sucks!" followed by that unpleasant barfing emoticon. I for one can't stand Rush, and I feel I have the right to say so on RP. This also is the beauty of RP; the freedom to speak one's mind. Peace!
You and Uncle Fenester are so spot on. I have to admit though, RP is the only place I will allow myself to go buckwild with emoticons. I wouldn't be caught dead using them anywhere else... Here's one for the gipper: :puke:
this being just an average song, and as such is way overplayed. Bill's in love?!
meddle wrote:
Great song. I don't care if it got over-played during my college years.
Great songs never get over-played.
Great song. I don't care if it got over-played during my college years.
I was in my late 20's when first I started hearing the cure. I thought it was interesting that an "English fag band" {as most of my country oriented friends called them} would use the bass guitar as their lead guitar in most of what I was hearing. Its like they hadn't really learned to play the instrument yet, but they were making music with it anyway. I liked it and still do. I have most everything they recorded including some {probably pirate} VCD's of their concerts. {they were what I could find for sale on the internet at the time} The tune ‘Gone' from ‘Wild Mood Swings' is very eclectic and down right strange but I really like it. Really dig the words used for lyrics in that one. I also really like the instrumental ‘Tape'.
I like Rush (pre-1984) but can't stand Porcupine Tree. Love the Cure though.
Not my thing. Who's the guy on the cover?
On_The_Beach wrote:
Well I agree, in principle, but at the same time I think we should all be able to post negative as well as positive comments, as long as they're a little more constructive than "This Sucks!" followed by that unpleasant barfing emoticon. I for one can't stand Rush, and I feel I have the right to say so on RP. This also is the beauty of RP; the freedom to speak one's mind. Peace!
I agree with everything you said, including the bit about Rush. Thanks for supplying the nuance my original post lacked.
On_The_Beach wrote:
I for one can't stand Rush, and I feel I have the right to say so on RP. This also is the beauty of RP; the freedom to speak one's mind. Peace!
I can't stand Rush either. Fortunately I don't think I've been listening if/when Bill has played any. Phew! But who knows? Maybe hearing it between Beethoven and Neko Case would give me a new appreciation.
Uncle_Fenester wrote:
...noodling old hippies
That's hilarious!
Jane's Addiction said "nothing's shocking", but that photo on the cover was a wake up. Not a bad face necessarily (not at all really), but it definitely caused me to snap to. Good song I think
jjbix wrote:
soooo played . . . it's even on AM radio now, save this time slot for a new, interesting, and under-played song, please bill!!
I'm willing to bet that the majority of RP listeners don't ever listen to AM or even much mainstream FM. So for them it's not overplayed. I know I haven't heard this much, if ever.
good in the 80's, but 20 years late.....
jjbix wrote:
soooo played . . . it's even on AM radio now, save this time slot for a new, interesting, and under-played song, please bill!!
True, but it's nice to mix well known and new ..... adds contrast, and if the set was made up of entirely new and experimental tracks the customer base would be limited. They have a business to run and money to make like the rest of us.
soooo played . . . it's even on AM radio now, save this time slot for a new, interesting, and under-played song, please bill!!
Uncle_Fenester wrote:
Note to those who bitch and moan every time a Cure (or Talking Heads or other early punk/new wave) song is played on RP: I don't post pissy comments about noodling old hippies every time Bill plays Crosby Stills and Nash or Jefferson Airplane or the Grateful Dead, because I understand that variety is good and that all of these bands have a place in the pantheon of popular music whether they are to my personal taste or not. I might even develop some appreciation for them over time from hearing them here. The beauty of RP is that the music here is not bound by genre or era, and if that means you have to put up with some of what isn't normally to your taste, then buck up, or turn down the volume, or go listen to Clear Channel. Personally, I think The Cure is f**king brilliant.
Well I agree, in principle, but at the same time I think we should all be able to post negative as well as positive comments, as long as they're a little more constructive than "This Sucks!" followed by that unpleasant barfing emoticon. I for one can't stand Rush, and I feel I have the right to say so on RP. This also is the beauty of RP; the freedom to speak one's mind. Peace!
Uncle_Fenester wrote:
Note to those who bitch and moan every time a Cure (or Talking Heads or other early punk/new wave) song is played on RP: I don't post pissy comments about noodling old hippies every time Bill plays Crosby Stills and Nash or Jefferson Airplane or the Grateful Dead, because I understand that variety is good and that all of these bands have a place in the pantheon of popular music whether they are to my personal taste or not. I might even develop some appreciation for them over time from hearing them here. The beauty of RP is that the music here is not bound by genre or era, and if that means you have to put up with some of what isn't normally to your taste, then buck up, or turn down the volume, or go listen to Clear Channel. Personally, I think The Cure is f**king brilliant.
Kudos! I think alot of us who are regular listeners straddle the hippie - early new wave/punk timeline and appreciate the diversity...
Not the best song from their first album, but still damned good and fun to hear again.
wow, lots of CURE on RP, maybe too much Bill?
YAY!!! Old School Cure love :-) Such memories... :dance:
GChevy410 wrote:
May be you can't, but I can because I am a MAN not a boy.
Mister, I ain't a boy. No, I'm a MAN ... and I believe in a Promised Land! (Oops. Sorry, wrong song.)
Uncle_Fenester wrote:
Note to those who bitch and moan every time a Cure (or Talking Heads or other early punk/new wave) song is played on RP: I don't post pissy comments about noodling old hippies every time Bill plays Crosby Stills and Nash or Jefferson Airplane or the Grateful Dead, because I understand that variety is good and that all of these bands have a place in the pantheon of popular music whether they are to my personal taste or not. I might even develop some appreciation for them over time from hearing them here. The beauty of RP is that the music here is not bound by genre or era, and if that means you have to put up with some of what isn't normally to your taste, then buck up, or turn down the volume, or go listen to Clear Channel. Personally, I think The Cure is f**king brilliant.
:clap:
Uncle_Fenester wrote:
Note to those who bitch and moan every time a Cure (or Talking Heads or other early punk/new wave) song is played on RP: I don't post pissy comments about noodling old hippies every time Bill plays Crosby Stills and Nash or Jefferson Airplane or the Grateful Dead, because I understand that variety is good and that all of these bands have a place in the pantheon of popular music whether they are to my personal taste or not. I might even develop some appreciation for them over time from hearing them here. The beauty of RP is that the music here is not bound by genre or era, and if that means you have to put up with some of what isn't normally to your taste, then buck up, or turn down the volume, or go listen to Clear Channel. Personally, I think The Cure is f**king brilliant.
Thanks for this. :smile: I've already learned not to loathe The Who.
obzidian wrote:
so...um... I can't cry? :eyes: :good-vibes:
May be you can't, but I can because I am a MAN not a boy.
so...um... I can't cry? :eyes: :good-vibes:
Kristi wrote:
Hear, hear! :cheers: :clap: :cheers: :clap:
yay!
Uncle_Fenester wrote:
Note to those who bitch and moan every time a Cure (or Talking Heads or other early punk/new wave) song is played on RP: I don't post pissy comments about noodling old hippies every time Bill plays Crosby Stills and Nash or Jefferson Airplane or the Grateful Dead, because I understand that variety is good and that all of these bands have a place in the pantheon of popular music whether they are to my personal taste or not. I might even develop some appreciation for them over time from hearing them here. The beauty of RP is that the music here is not bound by genre or era, and if that means you have to put up with some of what isn't normally to your taste, then buck up, or turn down the volume, or go listen to Clear Channel. Personally, I think The Cure is f**king brilliant.
Hear, hear! :cheers: :clap: :cheers: :clap:
Every time I hear this song I think about Jenny Robinson and riding the school bus home with her in nineth grade. Man, that girl was cool. New wave in Eatonville, Washington. Who would have thought it possible?
Uncle_Fenester wrote:
Note to those who bitch and moan every time a Cure (or Talking Heads or other early punk/new wave) song is played on RP: I don't post pissy comments about noodling old hippies every time Bill plays Crosby Stills and Nash or Jefferson Airplane or the Grateful Dead, because I understand that variety is good and that all of these bands have a place in the pantheon of popular music whether they are to my personal taste or not. I might even develop some appreciation for them over time from hearing them here. The beauty of RP is that the music here is not bound by genre or era, and if that means you have to put up with some of what isn't normally to your taste, then buck up, or turn down the volume, or go listen to Clear Channel. Personally, I think The Cure is f**king brilliant.
Another Yea vote about this posting. From now on I'll even back off on whining about Jefferson Starplane because you're right, it's about variety! Call your Senator about the Internet Radio Equality Act, we must do what we can to keep RP! And this song is great!
lunch time ...
Uncle_Fenester wrote:
Note to those who bitch and moan every time a Cure (or Talking Heads or other early punk/new wave) song is played on RP: I don't post pissy comments about noodling old hippies every time Bill plays Crosby Stills and Nash or Jefferson Airplane or the Grateful Dead, because I understand that variety is good and that all of these bands have a place in the pantheon of popular music whether they are to my personal taste or not. I might even develop some appreciation for them over time from hearing them here. The beauty of RP is that the music here is not bound by genre or era, and if that means you have to put up with some of what isn't normally to your taste, then buck up, or turn down the volume, or go listen to Clear Channel. Personally, I think The Cure is f**king brilliant.
Do I think The Cure is brilliant? Certainly not. But just like CSN, Airplane, or Dead, their music takes me to a different place and time and allows me to sample music's rich patina that I don't always get to enjoy today. I dunno. I guess I'm just a noodling old hippie.
Yeah boy-King of the whiners!
Uncle_Fenester wrote:
Note to those who bitch and moan every time a Cure (or Talking Heads or other early punk/new wave) song is played on RP: I don't post pissy comments about noodling old hippies every time Bill plays Crosby Stills and Nash or Jefferson Airplane or the Grateful Dead, because I understand that variety is good and that all of these bands have a place in the pantheon of popular music whether they are to my personal taste or not. I might even develop some appreciation for them over time from hearing them here. The beauty of RP is that the music here is not bound by genre or era, and if that means you have to put up with some of what isn't normally to your taste, then buck up, or turn down the volume, or go listen to Clear Channel. Personally, I think The Cure is f**king brilliant.
Word :music:
yippee! robert god smith
Uncle_Fenester wrote:
"Note to those who bitch and moan every time a Cure (or Talking Heads or other early punk/new wave) song is played on RP: I don't post pissy comments about noodling old hippies every time Bill plays Crosby Stills and Nash or Jefferson Airplane or the Grateful Dead, because I understand that variety is good and that all of these bands have a place in the pantheon of popular music whether they are to my personal taste or not. I might even develop some appreciation for them over time from hearing them here. The beauty of RP is that the music here is not bound by genre or era, and if that means you have to put up with some of what isn't normally to your taste, then buck up, or turn down the volume, or go listen to Clear Channel."
Nice. Easily the most cogent raison d'être for RP in the 5 years I've been a listener. Bravo. :clap:
Note to those who bitch and moan every time a Cure (or Talking Heads or other early punk/new wave) song is played on RP: I don't post pissy comments about noodling old hippies every time Bill plays Crosby Stills and Nash or Jefferson Airplane or the Grateful Dead, because I understand that variety is good and that all of these bands have a place in the pantheon of popular music whether they are to my personal taste or not. I might even develop some appreciation for them over time from hearing them here. The beauty of RP is that the music here is not bound by genre or era, and if that means you have to put up with some of what isn't normally to your taste, then buck up, or turn down the volume, or go listen to Clear Channel. Personally, I think The Cure is f**king brilliant.