I Wake Up Crying
Del Shannon Lyrics


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I wake up crying
After tossin' and turnin'
And a-yearnin' the whole night long
Pretty baby since you went away
I haven't spent a happy day

I wake up crying
After sobbin' and sighin'
And a-wonderin' just what went wrong
Pretty baby I was good to you
Why'd you go and make me blue

I need your arms to hold me tight
I need your sweet lips to kiss me goodnight
I'm so unhappy on my own
Don't don't leave me sad and lonely

I wake up crying
After tossin' and turnin'
And a-yearnin' the whole night long
Pretty baby please come back to me
Save me from this mesery




Oh baby won'tcha save me from this mesery
Please baby won'tcha save me from this mesery

Overall Meaning

The lyrics of Del Shannon's song "I Wake Up Crying" express the anguish and heartbreak of a man who is unable to move on from a past relationship. The singer has spent the night tossing and turning, longing for his lost love, and wakes up in tears. His days are now unhappy and lonely, and he cannot understand why his partner left him feeling so blue. He begs for her to come back to him and save him from his misery.


The chorus of the song, which is repeated throughout, emphasizes the singer's desperation and need for his ex-partner. He longs for her arms to hold him tight and her sweet lips to kiss him goodnight, and he cannot bear the thought of being alone. His repeated cries for her to save him from his misery are a poignant representation of the all-consuming pain of heartbreak.


Overall, "I Wake Up Crying" is a classic example of an emotional ballad that speaks to the universal experience of heartbreak and loss. The raw and honest lyrics capture the pain of a broken heart, and the haunting melody reinforces the overwhelming feeling of despair.


Line by Line Meaning

I wake up crying
I wake up in tears, feeling sad and despondent


After tossin' and turnin'
After having restless and uneasy sleep


And a-yearnin' the whole night long
Feeling longing and yearning for the entire night


Pretty baby since you went away
Since you left, my life has been miserable


I haven't spent a happy day
I have not experienced any happiness after you left me


After sobbin' and sighin'
After experiencing grief by sobbing and sighing


And a-wonderin' just what went wrong
Wondering what led to the relationship failing


Pretty baby I was good to you
I treated you well and loved you dearly


Why'd you go and make me blue
Why did you cause me so much pain and sadness by leaving


I need your arms to hold me tight
I need your affection and comfort to help me feel better


I need your sweet lips to kiss me goodnight
I need your love and tenderness to help me have a good night's sleep


I'm so unhappy on my own
I feel miserable and unhappy when I'm by myself


Don't don't leave me sad and lonely
Please don't leave me alone and feeling sad


Pretty baby please come back to me
Please return to me and help me feel happy again


Save me from this mesery
Help me escape from this state of misery and heartache


Oh baby won'tcha save me from this mesery
Please, my love, rescue me from this unbearable pain


Please baby won'tcha save me from this mesery
I beg of you, my dear, save me from this overwhelming misery




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David Cassells


on Runaway '67 (Fake Live Mono Version)

Doesn't seem to be the 'fake live' version