I Cried a Tear
LaVern Baker Lyrics


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I cried a tear because of you
I cried a tear because we're through
I cried a tear what else could I do
But cry and sigh for love of you

I felt a tear fall in my heart
You fooled me so I wasn't smart
I can't believe that we must part
Come back to stay, let's make a new start

I cried a tear because of you
I cried a tear because we're through
Please make my dreams of you come true




Don't make me cry a tear for you
Don't make me cry a tear for you

Overall Meaning

In LaVern Baker's "I Cried a Tear," the singer laments the end of a relationship with the person she still loves. Throughout the song, she expresses sadness and regret at their separation, indicating a deep pain that has affected her to the point of tears. The lyrics begin by acknowledging the source of her tears--the end of her relationship with this person--and continue with her expressing her inability to do anything but cry and sigh for love. In the second verse, she becomes more specific about the reasons she's feeling this way; she reflects on feeling foolish for being fooled by this person, and seems to be desperately hoping that they'll have a change of heart and return to her. The final plea not to make her cry for them again emphasizes just how deeply she feels the loss of this relationship.


The lyrics to this song are written in a simple, straightforward style that emphasizes the raw emotions of the singer. The use of the phrase "I cried a tear" is repeated throughout the song, adding to the sense of sadness and despair felt by the singer. The specific details of the relationship are not disclosed, leaving plenty of room for interpretation by the listener. This song could be interpreted as a call for reconciliation, or simply as an expression of grief at a love that will never return.


Overall, "I Cried a Tear" is a heartfelt and sincere expression of love and loss that has continued to resonate with listeners for decades.


Line by Line Meaning

I cried a tear because of you
I shed a tear as a result of the pain you caused me.


I cried a tear because we're through
I shed a tear because our romantic relationship has ended.


I cried a tear what else could I do
I shed a tear because I had no other way to express my emotions.


But cry and sigh for love of you
I continue to weep and lament because of my intense affection for you.


I felt a tear fall in my heart
I experienced immense emotional pain and anguish.


You fooled me so I wasn't smart
You deceived and misled me, causing me to feel foolish.


I can't believe that we must part
I cannot fathom the reality of our separation.


Come back to stay, let's make a new start
Please return to me so we can start fresh and rekindle our love and relationship.


Please make my dreams of you come true
I long for you to fulfill my desires and hopes for our future together.


Don't make me cry a tear for you
I implore you not to cause me additional pain and heartache.




Lyrics © Universal Music Publishing Group, Warner Chappell Music, Inc.
Written by: Fred Jay, Alfred C. Julia

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Comments from YouTube:

@tomsut123

SHE IS AN EXAMPLE OF THE GREATEST ROCK AND ROLL SINGERS OF ALL TIME, YOU WILL NEVER EVER HEAR SUCH GREATNESS AGAIN. THE MUSIC NOW JUST DOES NOT HAVE HEART IN IT. LIKE IT DID BACK THEN. GOD BLESS ALL THE ORIGINAL ROCK AND ROLLS OF THIS GENERATION.

@normaj.3305

Thanks for posting this great song from my preteen years, OMG, this woman's voice is so powerful!!

@addiebrooks6169

She is singing from her heart. Can you feel the tears and pain coming from her soul? The horns, saxophones drums and guitars are awesome in the back ground.

@garythomas668

It is ironic that I should see your comments as I searched out Laverne Baker's "I Cried a Tear."
James Baldwin sent me here. To meet you??

@xxyyzl

Her voice is so beautiful, it makes my heart feel like it is going to bust.... I can't seem to get enough of it.

@mikekaup5252

No one came remotely close! Simply the very very best! God bless you LaVern! And thanks for all those great years and tears.

@annabrown9670

SHE SINGS FROM HER SOUL ♥️🙏🙏♥️

@nikkicorrea3205

No one can sing it like lavern baker,sooooooooooooooooooo beautiful, I love it.

@normaj.3305

Thanks for bringing back the memories with this one, lived it as a young teenager, still love it, the voice, the horns the whole production, fantastic!!!

@donlomax4373

Such a lovely song and beautiful voice thank you for sharing.

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