Original Roy Orbison version

I was all right for a while, I could smile for a while
But I saw you last night, you held my hand so tight
As you stopped to say hello
Oh you wished me well, you couldn't tell

That I'd been crying over you, crying over you
When you said so long, left me standing all alone
Alone and crying, crying, crying, crying
It's hard to understand, but the touch of your hand can start me crying

I thought that I was over you, but it's true, so true
I love you even more than I did before
But, darling, what can I do
For you don't love me, and I'll always be

Crying over you, crying over you
Yes, now you're gone and from this moment on
I'll be crying, crying, crying, crying
Yeah I'm crying, crying over you


CRYING is a song written by Roy Orbison and Joe Melson and originally released by Roy Orbison on his 1962 album Crying. The song was also released a s single the previous year.

Roy Orbison -- Crying (album cover art)
Roy Orbison -- Crying

LP - Monument (M 4007) - USA, 1962
Roy Orbison -- "Crying / Candy Man" (single, A-side label)
Roy Orbison -- "Crying / Candy Man"

7-inch single - Monument (45-447) - USA, 1961

The above lyrics are for the original Roy Orbison version of CRYING as released in 1961.

Springsteen's Versions

Bruce Springsteen performed CRYING live a few times between 1987 and 1989. See the live 30 Sep 1987 version for more details.

Available Versions

List of available versions of CRYING on this website:

CRYING [Live 30 Sep 1987 version]
CRYING [Original Roy Orbison version]

Page last updated: 31 Aug 2015