The Paul McCartney Project

Try Not To Cry

Written by Paul McCartney

Album This song officially appears on the Run Devil Run Official album.
Timeline This song has been officially released in 1999
Sessions This song has been recorded during the following sessions

Original McCartney songs on "Run Devil Run"

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Song facts

Try Not To Cry” is one of the three original McCartney songs appearing on “Run Devil Run” (the other two being “What It Is” and “Run Devil Run“). From the liner notes of “Run Devil Run“:

“I just wrote a bluesy song that never gets in the way of the snare. It was actually that simple.”

From an interview with Laura Gross (promotional interview for “Run Devil Run” in 1999):

Laura Gross: Now this one is yours, Try Not To Cry.

Paul McCartney: Yeah. Some songs come from, like, an idea. And this one came from a very specific idea. When you’re mixing a record, it’s really good if you can get like, let’s say, a lot of bass drums come through. And sometimes the words go over the bass drum. So you got to favour the words. So you don’t get enough bass drum. So I thought, ah, I know, just as a little exercise, I’ll work, I’ll work out a song, was actually not the bass drum, was the snare drum, I’ll work out a song that avoids the off beat. So it was like, Sometimes, I’m right, sometimes, I’m wrong. Put the song in the gaps. Yeah, so that was like the whole idea of the song and I put some words, you know, filled out all the words. And the chorus didn’t bother with that, the chorus just went to a chorus. But that was the whole idea. So consequently, when I came in, all I could tell the guys was, well, it goes like this, you know, you got, I said, I’m sitting there, you know, supposed to be a good song writer, and I’m saying, I’ve got this song, guys. And I’m thinking, God, they’re just gonna laugh at me. It goes like this, Somet, Sometimes I’m right, sometimes I’m wrong, how can, I do it, if I don’t know, the song, all day, I try. And I’m looking at them and they’re going, uhuhm. They’re trying to look interested, you know. This is, this is good, Paul. I think, they’re thinking, oooh, tilt, you know, something, ba, drastically wrong has happened here. Sometimes I’m right, ponk. But, and then, it worked out, you know. And then, and they all saw what I was trying to do. And they fell in with it and so they laid it with the off beat. Peh, peh. So it worked out fine, but it was, was kind of like a little formula. But they, it worked out nice, I’m really pleased with it, actually.

Last updated on September 20, 2016

Lyrics

Sometime, I'm right, sometime, I'm wrong
I can't, help it but don't know this song
All day, I try to be a man
Help me to do it, show me the plan

Try, try, try
I try not to cry, cry, cry
Cry over you, over you

Yes, I try, try, try
I try not to cry, cry, cry
Cry over you, over you

I want to enjoy, being alive
Don't want to leave before I arrive
I like to sing, I sing along
How can I do it when I don't know the song

Try, try, try
I try not to cry, cry cry
Cry over you, over you

Yes, I try, try, try
I try not to cry, cry, cry
Cry over you, over you

Baby, I try, try, try
I try not to cry, cry cry
Cry over you, over you

Yes, I try, try, try
I try not to cry, cry, cry
Cry over you, over you

Cry
Yes, I try
Yes, I try
Woah, I try

Yes, I try
Yes, I try
Yes, I try

Officially appears on


Run Devil Run

Official album • Released in 1999

2:41 • Studio versionA

Paul McCartney:
Bass guitar, Percussion, Producer, Vocal
Geoff Emerick:
Engineer
Mick Green:
Electric guitar
David Gilmour:
Electric guitar
Dave Mattacks:
Drums, Percussion
Geraint Watkins:
Piano
Chris Thomas:
Producer
Paul Hicks:
Engineer

Session Recording:
May 05, 1999
Studio:
EMI Studios, Studio Two, Abbey Road

Bootlegs


Run Devil Run - Ultimate Archive Collection

Unofficial album • Released in 2015

2:41 • Studio versionA

Paul McCartney:
Bass guitar, Percussion, Producer, Vocal
Geoff Emerick:
Engineer
Mick Green:
Electric guitar
David Gilmour:
Electric guitar
Dave Mattacks:
Drums, Percussion
Geraint Watkins:
Piano
Chris Thomas:
Producer
Paul Hicks:
Engineer

Session Recording:
May 05, 1999
Studio:
EMI Studios, Studio Two, Abbey Road




Live performances

“Try Not To Cry” has been played in 2 concerts and 1 soundchecks.

Latest concerts where “Try Not To Cry” has been played


Live At The Cavern

Dec 14, 1999 • United Kingdom • Liverpool • The Cavern Club


PETA Party Of The Century

Sep 18, 1999 • USA • Hollywood • Paramount Studios


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