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The Sound Of Your Cry

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Basic Stats

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Written by: Bill Giant, Bernie Baum and Florence Kaye

Recorded: June 4, 1970, RCA Studio B, Nashville
Released master is take 11.

Single: w/ "It's Only Love", RCA 48-1017, September 21, 1971
Also re-released as Gold Standard single, 447-0684, March 22, 1972

Highest U.S. Charts Positions:
Didn't chart

1st LP release: Greatest Hits, Volume One - October 1981
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My Spin

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I like "The Sound Of Your Cry" better than its flip side, although I must admit the lyrics sort of make me want to say, "Just be a man and face the music, will ya". Tiptoe out of the house just to avoid the sound of her cry? C'mon! I think you're avoiding the sound of her slappin' your face! :) Nice melody, though, and Elvis does a fine job. I think this was the last Elvis song by the team of Giant-Baum-Kaye, who mostly wrote soundtrack songs for him.

Other Spins

(What did the critics and fans say?)

"The Sound Of Your Cry" is an unusual ballad, which Presley sings particularly well, but the song alone could never have made it.

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

Elvis leaving before his lady awakes and she cries on learning of his departure - sort of "By The Time I Get To Phoenix". Elvis exploits the lilting lyrics admirably. The end is drawn out and melodramatic.

The Complete Elvis, edited by Martin Torgoff, 1982

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"The Sound Of Your Cry" Lyrics and Downloads

The clock by the bed is ticking too loud in the quiet night
I lie in the darkness thinking I must go before it's light
Before you open up your eyes and you beg me to stay
I'll leave 'cause I can't stand to see you hurt this way
Sleep my love as I kiss you goodbye
Then I won't hear the sound of your cry

Though I knew the time was coming and our love would end somehow
I just couldn't bear to tell you exactly just when or how
I know we can't go on, that it was wrong to start
But if you wake up crying now, you know you'll break my heart
Sleep my love as I kiss you goodbye
Then I won't hear the sound of your cry

Sleep my love as I kiss you goodbye
Then I won't hear the sound of your cry

Ohhhh, Sleep my love as I kiss you, kiss you, kiss you goodbye
Then I won't hear the sound of your cry

Ohhhh, Sleep my love as I kiss you

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