Cry Me A River
Dinah Washington - Julie London, written by Arthur Hamilton

Now you say you're lonely
Said, you cried the whole night through
Well, you can cry me a river
Cry me a river
Cause I cried the river over you

And now you say you're sorry
For being so untrue
So what; just cry me a river
Cry me river
I cried the river over you

You drove me, nearly drove me out of my head
Why you never shared a tear
Remember, I rember all you said
Told me love was too plebeian****
Told me you were through with me

And now you say, you love me
Well, just proof you do!
Go on and cry me river
I'd like to see you cry a river
Cause I'm tired of crying over you


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Dinah Washington's version starts with an in-joke that the record producer decided to keep on the recording.

You want me to sound like Julie London*
No, sound like Dinah Washington!
Would you like me to sound like a Lady**
I'd like you to sound like Dinah Washington
I could sound like Spokane, Washington***
I'd like you to sound like Dinah Washington!

*Julie London was an American actress/singer who had a hit with the song.
She had a sultry close-to-the-microphone technique, similar perhaps to her contemporary, Peggy Lee.  Julie London died in 2001 and her husband the year before. His name was Bobby Troup. (notes by John Bendall, UK)

**Lady is Lady Day aka Billie Holiday
***Spokane  is a city in the state of Washington (notes by Simon, Santiago, Chile)

****In ancient Rome, the population was divided between the 'patrician' (upper classes) and the 'plebs' (the lower classes). Thus, in the lyric, the once-spurned lover is reminding her former beau that he'd told her before that love was 'only for common people' (notes by John Bendall, UK)


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