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John Hiatt — Cry Love
Album: Walk On
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Released: 1995
Length: 4:11
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A moment of steel
A dry-eyed house
Did he say goodbye to you
Or did you kick him out
I know you're not afraid
To go alone
But this was a marriage of spirit, flesh, and bone

Now whatcha gonna do
When the planet shifts
Whatcha gonna do
Gonna slit your wrists
And bleed all over the Milky Way
The stars in your eyes look red today

Cry love, cry love
The tears of an angel
The tears of a dove
Spilling all over, your heart from above
Cry love, cry love

The trust of a woman in his hand
But he was a little boy, not a man
You loved him stronger than he could feel
Yeah he was wrapped up in himself like an orange peel

Now whatcha gonna do
With the booze and the blush
Whatcha gonna do
When there's no rush
Cop a little misery
At the corner store
Well one day that train of pain won't stop no more

Cry love, cry love
The tears of an angel
The tears of a dove
Spilling all over, your heart from above
Cry love, cry love

Throwing up ashes on the floor
If this is a lesson in love
Well what's it for?
The heart will remember
The burning fire
The next time you feel the flame of desire

Cry love, cry love
The tears of an angel
The tears of a dove
Spilling all over, your heart from above
Cry love, cry love

Cry love, cry love
The tears of an angel
The tears of a dove
Spilling all over, your heart from above
Cry love, cry love

Cry love, cry love, cry love
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Don't like John Hiatt's voice, but he is one hell of a song writer.
Listening via Alexa and caught this song today. SO GOOD to hear Hiatt and one of my favorites of his.
Good album, one of his best.
This is not a good song.  Please stop playing it.
 melzabutch wrote:
Solid 7 and he was awesome in concert.  Amazing how many songs he has written that others have had huge hits with.  

 
Sure as I'm sitting here.
 ppopp wrote:
Heard of over-acting? This is over-singing.

 
W-R-O-N-G

Whitney Huston is over singing. Mariah Carey is over singing. Arianna Grande is over-singing.

John Hiatt couldn't over-sing if his life depended on it. {#Frustrated}
Somewhere, redbill is gnashing his teeth...
OK, but he's done much better.
Some people are PSD; they wouldn't know a great singer-songwriter if it slapped them in the face. This is an incredibly energizing fabulous song! Thank you Bill 4 making life so wonderful with your radio station. Life just wouldn't be the same without it
 melzabutch wrote:
Solid 7 and he was awesome in concert.  Amazing how many songs he has written that others have had huge hits with.  

 
Yes, I've seen him live at least a half a dozen times - with some awesome backing bands including Sonny Landreth, The Mississippi Allstars to name a few. Terrific shows all.

To me, rather than "over-singing" I see an artist that puts his heart and soul into every performance. 
Heard of over-acting? This is over-singing.
Solid 7 and he was awesome in concert.  Amazing how many songs he has written that others have had huge hits with.  
Just not my cup-o-tea. Reminds me too much of Bruce Hornesby or along those lines.
Blech.
Good way to start the day - Thanks RP
 ScottN wrote:
Had to bump this fine song after I took the time to read the wonderful lyrics! {#Cheers}

 

Had to bump this fine song after I took the time to read the wonderful lyrics! {#Cheers}
{#Guitarist} <- mandolin
{#Crown} love love love
The mandolin is a fantastic touch! Love this song! {#Jump}
 bb_matt wrote:
"He was wrapped up in himself like an orange peel" ... because it rhymes. 
"Tears of an angel, tears of a dove..."

Oh ok, it's a PSD moment... 

 
You seriously cannot see more in either of those lines than just rhyme?!?  You clearly lack imagination.

Thank goodness John Hiatt, one of America's greatest singer songwriters, isn't as weak minded as some.



{#Heartkiss}{#Heartkiss}{#Heartkiss}{#Heartkiss}{#Heartkiss}
{#Bananapiano}{#Drummer}{#Bananajam}{#Dancingbanana_2}{#Dancingbanana}
"He was wrapped up in himself like an orange peel" ... because it rhymes. 
"Tears of an angel, tears of a dove..."

Oh ok, it's a PSD moment... 
Just can't deal with that voice.
Just saw him in concert. Brilliant!
Great song from his best album. Solid 9.
 84MacGuy wrote:
For an old fart, Hiatt puts out some pretty good sounds.

 
True, but he was only about 42 yo when he made this. I guess that might still qualify as "old fart" for some… :-)
Absolutely Love this song!!

{#Bananajam}{#Drummer}{#Notworthy} 
Hiatt is amazing, 
For an old fart, Hiatt puts out some pretty good sounds.
{#Bananajam}{#Dancingbanana_2}{#Dancingbanana}{#Bananasplit}{#Bananapiano}{#Bananajam}{#Drummer}
love JH
{#Bananajam}
Great strummin
 Stingray wrote:
HIATT can make another 25 albums,
he will NEVER make it!

Not enough talent!
 
Is it possible that Stingray has enough grey matter to be having us on (or as Fred might put it - pulling our pissers)?

Nah.
 RainTarp wrote: I heard that!
{#Dancingbanana_2}{#Bananasplit}{#Bananajumprope}{#Bananajumprope}{#Bananasplit}{#Dancingbanana_2} buzmaggie wrote:
{#Bananajam}{#Drummer}{#Bananapiano}{#Bounce}{#Guitarist}{#Cheers}{#Sunny}{#Sleep}{#Fight}{#Clap}{#Bananajam}{#Bananajam}{#Drunk}

The partys on!
 
 


{#Dancingbanana_2}{#Bananasplit}{#Bananajumprope}{#Bananajumprope}{#Bananasplit}{#Dancingbanana_2} buzmaggie wrote:
{#Bananajam}{#Drummer}{#Bananapiano}{#Bounce}{#Guitarist}{#Cheers}{#Sunny}{#Sleep}{#Fight}{#Clap}{#Bananajam}{#Bananajam}{#Drunk}

The partys on!
 


This is one of my all time favorites! 
 h8rhater wrote:

I guess an AMA Lifetime Achievement Award for Songwriting doesn't count as making it OR indicate talent.

The man has had a 35+ year career in music, has sold millions of records, has written over a hundred great songs, has received the Nashville Songwriter of the Year award, has the respect of his peers, has millions of fans, has been covered by some of the best (even had a tribute CD done in his name), and has collaborated with many more famous musicians. 

To name but a few:  Luther Dickenson, Bonnie Raitt, Lyle Lovett, Conway Twitty, Three Dog Night, Maria Muldaur, Ry Cooder, Nick Lowe, Jim Keltner, Leo Kottke, Jewel, BB King, Eric Clapton, Willie Nelson, Steve Earle, Emmilou Harris, Howie Epstein, Iggy Pop, Bob Dylan, Paula Abdul, Linda Ronstadt, Joan Baez, Buddy Guy, Jimmy Buffet, Keith Urban, Jeff Healey, Suzy Boggus, Aaron Neville, Rosanne Cash, Dave Edmunds, Joe Cocker, Mandy Moore, Bill Frizzel, Delbert McClinton, Bon Jovi, and more...

Next week I'll be seeing him in concert with living-legend Levon Helm. 

Go crawl back under your rock.

 
Thank you.

Singing in the office.... thanks! {#Whistle}
I know he's been around forever and is very respected..but I can't wrap my brain around him....
 planet3one9 wrote:
Ugh !! Make it stop!!
 
No, don't make it stop. It's beautiful. 
Ugh !! Make it stop!!
 Stingray wrote:
HIATT can make another 25 albums,
he will NEVER make it!

Not enough talent!
 
He made it lots of times already, sorry Stingray
Love this song.

Stingray is simply ridiculous


Amen, brother wolfian


I'll just say that "Stingray" apparantly has no ears and is without a sense of feeling... "it".
 


Absolutely one of my all-time favorite artists.
 Stingray wrote:
HIATT can make another 25 albums,
he will NEVER make it!

Not enough talent!
 

I'll just say that "Stingray" apparantly has no ears and is without a sense of feeling... "it".

EEEE-GADS WHAT IS THIS AM RADIO HOUR?
3 very marginal songs in a row... later I'm heading to Pandora. 
Talk about a seque.  or not
No matter how many times I hear this song, I still love it!  {#Cool}
No matter how many times I hear this song, I still don't like it. 
Was turned on to John Hiatt and good cigars by my uncle/friend who has since passed.  Every time I hear him or light up a fine Cuban I think of him.
This one gets the wine country seal of approval....you should have been at the show he put on in Sonoma County....summer 2010!{#Smile}

This one gets the Fredro Nom Nom seal of approval!{#Clap}


 Stingray wrote:
HIATT can make another 25 albums,
he will NEVER make it!

Not enough talent!


https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Psychological_projection


 Stingray wrote:
HIATT can make another 25 albums,
he will NEVER make it!

Not enough talent!
 
I guess an AMA Lifetime Achievement Award for Songwriting doesn't count as making it OR indicate talent.

The man has had a 35+ year career in music, has sold millions of records, has written over a hundred great songs, has received the Nashville Songwriter of the Year award, has the respect of his peers, has millions of fans, has been covered by some of the best (even had a tribute CD done in his name), and has collaborated with many more famous musicians. 

To name but a few:  Luther Dickenson, Bonnie Raitt, Lyle Lovett, Conway Twitty, Three Dog Night, Maria Muldaur, Ry Cooder, Nick Lowe, Jim Keltner, Leo Kottke, Jewel, BB King, Eric Clapton, Willie Nelson, Steve Earle, Emmilou Harris, Howie Epstein, Iggy Pop, Bob Dylan, Paula Abdul, Linda Ronstadt, Joan Baez, Buddy Guy, Jimmy Buffet, Keith Urban, Jeff Healey, Suzy Boggus, Aaron Neville, Rosanne Cash, Dave Edmunds, Joe Cocker, Mandy Moore, Bill Frizzel, Delbert McClinton, Bon Jovi, and more...

Next week I'll be seeing him in concert with living-legend Levon Helm. 

Go crawl back under your rock.

 Propayne wrote:

I don't think you and I have the same definition for "making it".

John Hiatt, while YOU may not like him, is a very SUCCESSFUL singer/songwriter.

Just look at the list of artists that have covered his songs.
 
 
{#Clap}

 Stingray wrote:
HIATT can make another 25 albums,
he will NEVER make it!

Not enough talent!
 
I don't think you and I have the same definition for "making it".

John Hiatt, while YOU may not like him, is a very SUCCESSFUL singer/songwriter.

Just look at the list of artists that have covered his songs.
 
HIATT can make another 25 albums,
he will NEVER make it!

Not enough talent!
cry love
 BluEyes wrote:
Cry love, Cry love
The tears of an angel
The tears of a dove
Spilling all over, your heart from above
Cry Love, Cry Love


 
{#Music}

Cry love, Cry love
The tears of an angel
The tears of a dove
Spilling all over, your heart from above
Cry Love, Cry Love


 alux wrote:
He's actually from Indiana, but we all know that's as Southern as any patch of the north gets.  Love me some Hiatt...
 
Yes... he stole out of Indiana in a pickup truck with no education but the streets of his hometown as I recall.

{#Bananajam}{#Drummer}{#Bananapiano}{#Bounce}{#Guitarist}{#Cheers}{#Sunny}{#Sleep}{#Fight}{#Clap}{#Bananajam}{#Bananajam}{#Drunk}

The partys on!
Emotion, corny lyrics and a mandolin—but I do love it so!

 That's like a big banana-split for the ears.... sweet.

{#Dancingbanana}{#Dancingbanana_2}{#Bananajam}
...this song is everything widespread panic wishes they could be and MORE.................
this song has potential, but some of the musical parts are overdone and annoying
AAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!

Our hometown Indianapolis boy sure sounds good tonight and any night.
I've never liked John Hiatt until I heard this tune. Great one. {#Dancingbanana}
 triskele wrote:
love.
this.
song.
  LOVE.
THIS.
SONG.
TOO!{#Bananajumprope}


such a FANTASTIC song!  transporting~

{#Cowboy}
love.
this.
song.
He's actually from Indiana, but we all know that's as Southern as any patch of the north gets.  Love me some Hiatt...

Some of you negatives should give this entire CD a listen.  This, IMHO, is his finest...you just gotta get in the southern groove, ya'll!{#Notworthy}


 Excelsior wrote:
Quick, call the cops, someone is drowning a cat!

...oh never mind, it's just a John Hiatt song.
 

so glad we have such an expert here who never fails to demonstrate his genius with his/her reliable negative comments. thanks excelsior!  {#Notworthy}
 E_A_D_G wrote:
...
John has come full circle to embrace life, love and the pursuit of happiness. A true inspiration and worthy role model not to mention the most insightful songwriter since Woody Guthrie and Robert Zimmerman.
 
Who the heck is that?

Kidding...

Quick, call the cops, someone is drowning a cat!

...oh never mind, it's just a John Hiatt song.
I should hate this song, but God help me if it doesn't rock my socks a wee bit.
unclemrbig wrote:
On the January concert-The rapport between the four (Hiatt, Ely, Lovett, Clark) was unbelievable. Hiatt and Lovett tended to play quite a bit on each other's songs. General remarks-Best lyrics-Hiatt; Best voice-Ely; Best humor-Lovett, by far; Just glad to be there-Clark.
Interesting descriptions, although 'just glad to be there' doesn't seem much like Guy Clark. He has absolutely nothing to prove, not even with, in fact ESPECIALLY with, those other guys. I love 'em all, but honestly I think Guy Clark is the best songwriter of those four. c.
WOOT! I love this!
I worked sound check at the Hollywood Bowl back when John was opening for Graham Parker and the Rumor. At the time, he was the quintessential angst ridden and over-the-top quirky, angry young man. Check out his excellent early 80's albums Two Bit Monsters and All Of A Sudden. From "This Secret Life" I dreamed I was being kept alive To bear the brunt of a family joke About which no one spoke John has come full circle to embrace life, love and the pursuit of happiness. A true inspiration and worthy role model not to mention the most insightful songwriter since Woody Guthrie and Robert Zimmerman.
Sort of cheesy.
HazzeSwede wrote:
Can someone please send this man our way!
Thank you "Someone" he will be here shortly for one concert,looking forward.

:hearteyes: John...
Here's a man who clearly understands women! :hearteyes:
On the January concert-The rapport between the four (Hiatt, Ely, Lovett, Clark) was unbelievable. Hiatt and Lovett tended to play quite a bit on each other's songs. General remarks-Best lyrics-Hiatt; Best voice-Ely; Best humor-Lovett, by far; Just glad to be there-Clark.
Can someone please send this man our way!
unclemrbig wrote:
I have my tickets to see Hiatt, Lyle Lovett, Joe Ely, and Guy Clark in January. I have to say HIatt is my favorite. Check out Crossing Muddy Waters if you really want to hear a great CD. :music:
Man! What a great line up! I've always loved John Hiatt, having seen him on several occassions both solo and with band, but special mention has to be made for Lyle Lovett. I've seen hundreds of concerts in my lifetime but Lyle Lovett & His Big Band was one of the top 5 shows ever! I saw them in an old theater in Hanford, CA and I watched slacked-jawed at how polished and professional they were. It was a history of American Music! Every genre....Big Band, Soul, Rhythm & Blues, Gospel, Country, Rock, Jazz, Swing, Cajun....etc. etc. was performed so masterfully. And he played instant requests from the audience. How many 20 piece bands can do that without missing a note? Absolutely awesome!!!
go_ski_mully wrote:
I saw the same combination when they were in Toronto earlier in 2006, IMO these four are some of the best singer/songwriters performing today! ...there are others of course, but in terms of a catalogue of work, hiddi-ho, can't beat em!
My combo included John Hiatt, Buddy Guy, and BB King in 2002. I am a big Hiatt fan...he knows how to be his own guy. I like that.
unclemrbig wrote:
I have my tickets to see Hiatt, Lyle Lovett, Joe Ely, and Guy Clark in January. I have to say HIatt is my favorite. Check out Crossing Muddy Waters if you really want to hear a great CD. :music:
I saw the same combination when they were in Toronto earlier in 2006, IMO these four are some of the best singer/songwriters performing today! ...there are others of course, but in terms of a catalogue of work, hiddi-ho, can't beat em!
It's growing on me.
I have my tickets to see Hiatt, Lyle Lovett, Joe Ely, and Guy Clark in January. I have to say HIatt is my favorite. Check out Crossing Muddy Waters if you really want to hear a great CD. :music:
This song is so corny. Is this taken from a bad movie? Bryan Adams, John Mellencamp...it's all the same lame tune.
not that good...
AHH!!!! Man, I LOVE a lot of this guy's music, I just wish he got somebody else to sing. That's the only thing really keeping me from giving him higher ratings.
texastimr wrote:
Me too! I love a lot of John Hiatt songs, in fact.
This is the only one of his I love. But, I really love it.
This is a good track. I first encountered John Hiatt when he was part of Ry Cooder's road band in the early 80s. At some point in what was already a very great show, Hiatt took the lead vocal on what I believe was an old R&B song called "Are You Lonely for me Baby" and shook the house down. I'll never forget it.
My favorite John Hiatt sing, largely b/c of the mandolin.
Cry boring.
ChanceM3 wrote:
Sounds like a typically bad John Mellencamp song.
:iamwithstupid:
good one!
rosey0216 wrote:
Any song with a mandolin gets me going . Thanks RP!!!!!
I totally agree
aharamanx wrote:
We have a Man here with a Man's voice. Women are happy. :jump: :hearteyes:
No need to name names or anything . . . JAMES BLUNT! :taped-shut:
Oh yeah! bumped it up to a 7.6 Come on people, this song deserves better.
anniebear wrote:
fracking LOVE this song!!!!!!
Me too! I love a lot of John Hiatt songs, in fact.
fracking LOVE this song!!!!!!
Exquisite!
God I love this song.
My local record store hands out free stuff and when I was in high school they gave out this single and I have always loved this song ever since.
svetlana wrote:
the mandolin on this song packs a great punch, makes the song in my opinion
Greatest mandolin solo in rock? Stonehenge by Spinal Tap.
BKardon wrote:
This song was very effectively used in an episode of Arrested Development. Anyone catch it?
YES! It fit perfectly.
NoEnzLefttoSplit wrote:
me too, makes a great potato gratin.
LOL! Good one! :lol:
This song was very effectively used in an episode of Arrested Development. Anyone catch it?
NoEnzLefttoSplit wrote:
me too, makes a great potato gratin.
Are you bringing that on Saturday night?
phineas wrote:
I love pulling out my mandolin and playing along with this!
me too, makes a great potato gratin.
Any song with a mandoline gets me going . Thanks RP!!!!!