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Crying, Waiting, Hoping

Written by Buddy Holly

Album This song officially appears on the Live At The BBC Official live.
Timeline This song has been officially released in 1994
Sessions This song has been recorded during the following sessions

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Song facts

From Wikipedia:

Crying, Waiting, Hoping” is a song written by Buddy Holly. It was released in 1959 as the B-side to “Peggy Sue Got Married“. Three versions of Holly’s recording were released: the 1959 commercial release, the 1964 reissue with different orchestration, and Holly’s original, private home recording.

Recordings

The song was first recorded on December 14, 1958 by Holly (only himself with guitar) in apartment 4H of “The Brevoort”, Fifth Avenue, Manhattan (many other sources say apartment 3B). After Holly’s death on February 3, 1959, his home recordings of his last six compositions were turned over to record producer Jack Hansen. Hansen hired studio musicians and a backup vocal group, the Ray Charles Singers, to augment Holly’s vocal and guitar. The idea was to match the established sound of Buddy Holly and the Crickets as closely as possible.

Crying, Waiting, Hoping” is technically the most successful of the six overdubs; it turned out so well that it was originally intended as the “A” side of a 45-rpm single. Holly wrote and recorded the song with pauses (“Cryin’… waitin’… hopin’… you’ll come back“). Hansen ingeniously turned the solo into call-and-response verses, so the backup singers fill in the pauses with an “echo” of each word. (For a German reissue of this song, the producer took the “echo” idea literally, and played the Hansen recording in an echo chamber.)

Hansen’s studio version of “Crying, Waiting, Hoping” was recorded on June 30, 1959 at Coral Records’ Studio A, along with “Peggy Sue Got Married“. Both sides were released as Buddy Holly’s first posthumous single. (The remaining four tunes on Holly’s tape were re-recorded by Hansen and company in 1960. All six were issued on an album, The Buddy Holly Story, Vol. 2.) […]

The Beatles version

The Beatles recorded the song live on 16 July 1963 for the Pop Go The Beatles radio show. The BBC recording features George Harrison on lead vocal and also features Harrison replicating studio guitarist Donald Arnone’s instrumental bridge, note for note.

While the version on Live at the BBC is the only officially released version by the group, they also performed the song during their failed Decca audition on 1 January 1962. […]

Last updated on November 30, 2016

Lyrics

Crying (crying), waiting (waiting)
Hoping (hoping) you'll come back
I just can't seem
To get you off my mind

Crying (crying), waiting (waiting)
Hoping (hoping) you'll come back
You're the one I love
I think about you all the time

Crying (crying)
Tears keep a-falling all night long
Waiting (waiting)
It seems so useless
I know it's wrong

Crying (crying), waiting (waiting)
Hoping (hoping) you'll come back
Baby, someday soon
Things will change and you'll be mine

Crying (crying)
Tears keep a-falling all night long
Waiting (waiting)
It seems so useless
I know it's wrong

Crying (crying)
Tears keep a-falling all night long
Waiting (waiting)
It seems so useless
I know it's wrong

Crying (crying), waiting (waiting)
Hoping (hoping) you'll come back
Baby, someday soon
Things will change and you'll be mine

Crying (crying), waiting (waiting)
Hoping (hoping)

Officially appears on


Live At The BBC

Official live • Released in 1994

2:10 • Radio showL1 • ‘Crying, Waiting, Hoping’ was recorded by Buddy Holly in his New York apartment just weeks before his death in February 1959. The song was featured in the Beatles audition for Decca Records.

Paul McCartney:
Backing vocals, Bass
Ringo Starr:
Drums
John Lennon:
Backing vocals, Rhythm guitar
George Harrison:
Lead guitar, Vocals
Terry Henebery:
Producer

Concert From "Pop Go The Beatles" in London, United Kingdom on Aug 06, 1963

Bootlegs


The Decca Tapes - The Definitive Edition

Unofficial album • Released in 2010

2:05 • Demo

Studio:
Decca Studios, West Hampstead, London


The BBC Archives Volume 5

Unofficial album

2:12 • Radio show


The Beatles At The Beeb - Volume 5

Unofficial live • Released in 2003

2:35 • Live

Concert From "Pop Go The Beatles" in London, United Kingdom on Aug 06, 1963


A/B Road Complete Get Back Sessions - Jan 29th, 1969 - 3 & 4

Unofficial album • Released in 2004

2:42 • Rehearsal • Jan.29 - D4-15 - Crying, Waiting, Hoping 29.52

Session Recording:
Jan 29, 1969
Studio:
Apple Studios, 3 Savile Row, London


Get Back... Continued

Unofficial album • Released in 2012

2:42 • Studio version • 29.01.69) (Ambient Stereo

Live performances

“Crying, Waiting, Hoping” has been played in 1 concerts.

Latest concerts where “Crying, Waiting, Hoping” has been played


Pop Go The Beatles

Aug 06, 1963 • Part of BBC Sessions


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