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Don't Cry Daddy

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Basic Stats

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Written by: Mac Davis

Recorded: January 15, 1969, American Sound Studios, Memphis

Single:w/ "Rubberneckin'", 47-9768, November 1969
Also re-released as Gold Standard Series, 447-0674, December 1970

RIAA Certified: Platinum (as of 03/27/1992)

Highest U.S. Charts Positions:
#6 on Billboard's Top 100
#13 on Country chart

1st LP release: Elvis: Worldwide 50 Gold Award Hits, Vol 1 - August 1970
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My Spin

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Mac Davis' weeper ballad "Don't Cry Daddy" was a hit in late 1969, although the sentimentality is a bit too much for me. Much like "Mama Liked The Roses", this one tugs a little too insistently on the heartstrings for my taste. However, it's still a nice example of Elvis harmonizing with himself (or is it Ronnie Milsap?).

Don't cry, I'll write more later. Meanwhile, dig the links and stuff!

Other Spins

(What did the critics and fans say?)

"Don't Cry Daddy" is a difficult song: it can be seen as mawkishly sentimental, but Presley's performance is musically worthwile. It is a very morbid song, but it is possible to imagine that Presley believed in it.

Robert Matthew-Walker, Elvis Presley: A Study in Music, 1979

Somewhat saccharine weeper about a mother who has died, leaving a child and father behind, but Elvis' sincerity and time make this one haunting nonetheless. A simple, effective background with a duet on the last bars with Ronnie Milsap.

The Complete Elvis, edited by Martin Torgoff, 1982

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"Don't Cry Daddy" Lyrics and Downloads

Today I stumbled from my bed
With thunder crashing in my head
My pillow still wet
From last night tears
And as I think of giving up
A voice inside my coffee cup
Kept crying but
And ringing in my ears

Don't cry daddy
Daddy, please don't cry
Daddy, you've still got me and little Tommy
Together we'll find a brand new mommy
Daddy, daddy, please laugh again
Daddy ride us on your back again
Oh, daddy, please don't cry

Why are children always first
To feel the pain and hurt the worst
It's true, but somehow
It just don't seem right
'Cause ev'ry time I cry I know
It hurts my little children so
I wonder will it be the same tonight

Repeat Chorus
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