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Crying by Roy Orbison, which features the wide range and emotional power of The Big O

Country Music

Roy Orbison says the inspiration for song was that he was dating a girl and they broke up. He wanted to speak to her to say how much he loved her, but he was stubborn. A little later, he realized that he’d made a mistake, and all was lost. The song, written by Orbison and Joe Melson, went to #2 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #1 on Cashbox in 1961. Orbison was accompanied by a terrific ensemble of Bob Moore on bass, Floyd Cramer on piano, Buddy Harmon on drums, and Boudleaux Bryant, Harold Bradley and Scotty Moore on guitar.

He was born Roy Kelton Orbison in Vernon, Texas, in 1936. The Big O was known for his emotional ballads and three- or four-octave range. He would perform standing fairly still on stage, wearing black clothes and dark sunglasses. He helped to popularize a blend of pop, country, and rock that was coming out of Nashville at the time. His recognition includes being part of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame, and the Songwriters Hall of Fame. He is also on the Rolling Stone’s Greatest Artists and 100 Greatest Singers lists. He died of a heart attack at the age of 52. Roy Orbison (April 23, 1935-December 6, 1988).

Here are the lyrics to this from-the-heart golden oldie “Crying” by Roy Orbison:

“I was all right for a while, I could smile for a while
But I saw you last night, you held my hand so tight
As you stopped to say “Hello”
Aw you wished me well, you couldn’t tell

That I’d been crying over you, crying over you
Then you said “so long,” left me standing all alone
Alone and crying, crying, crying crying
It’s hard to understand but the touch of your hand
Can start me crying

I thought that I was over you but it’s true, so true
I love you even more than I did before but darling what can I do
For you don’t love me and I’ll always be

Crying over you, crying over you
Yes, now you’re gone and from this moment on
I’ll be crying, crying, crying, crying
Yeah crying, crying, over you”

For other song by Roy Orbison: “Only the Lonely, ” “Dream Baby,” and “Pretty Paper.”

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The Daily Doo Wop Rec Room has daily featured doo wop, rock and roll, R&B, or rockabilly songs that were hits during the first era of rock and roll (that is, from about 1952 until the British invasion in 1964). After a song is featured, it then goes into the juke box. You are welcome to listen to any of the 40+ selections there. Every weekend, there is a Golden Oldies Juke Box Saturday Night, and the juke box is full of song requests from the 1950s and 1960s.

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  1. […] For another song by Roy Orbison: “Crying.” […]

  2. […] other songs by Roy Orbison: “Crying,” “Only the Lonely,”  “Pretty Paper,” and “Oh, Pretty […]

  3. Victor Watts says:

    Is it possible to download your songs on the “jukebox” (or from anywhere else)?

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