Don't Cry



"Don't Cry" is a song by Guns N' Roses, two versions of which were released simultaneously on different albums. The version with the original lyrics is the fourth track on Use Your Illusion I; the version with the alternate lyrics is the thirteenth track on Use Your Illusion II. Only the vocal tracks differ, and even then only in the verses; however, in those verses, not only are the words entirely different, but the meter and melody are also slightly different. There is also a third version, never officialy released, that appeared on a 1986 demo tape.

The song features Shannon Hoon of Blind Melon, who grew up with Rose in Indiana, on backing vocals. He also appears in the video for the song.

"Don't Cry," the first song ever written by the band, forms a segment of the Illusions Trilogy, according to singer Axl Rose. Along with "Estranged" and "November Rain," it forms a narrative inspired in part by the short story "Without You" by Del James.

Rose has stated that the song is about a girl that Izzy Stradlin once dated. Rose had been attracted to the girl himself. Sitting outside The Roxy, Rose was crying as the girl said goodbye; she told him, "Don't cry," and Rose wrote the song with Stradlin the following night in five minutes.

Ron Thal, more commonly known as Bumblefoot, one of the guitarists of the newly assembled Guns N' Roses line-up, has, on occasions, played a solo instrumental version of the song on Guns N' Roses' 2006-2007 leg of their current tour.

The song peaked at #10 on the Billboard Hot 100, becoming the band's fifth Top 10 hit there.

The video for this song, like several videos for the Illusions albums, was much more cinematic than the band's previous videos had been. It depicted the central character in his courtship with his eventual wife as well as his internal battle with emotional issues. Although a sharp turn away from what fans were used to, it is still regarded as one of the best videos the band produced in its short time together.

Fans can't agree on whether this is the first or second video in the trilogy. Most fans think this is the first, showing Axl and his girlfriend having problems with their relationship (and that he was likely singing about this in November Rain). Another interesting, but not as accepted, theory is that this is the second video, and that after Axl's new bride dies in November Rain he remembers/dreams all the thing in this video. At the start of the Estranged video, they say the S.W.A.T. team members catch Axl in his home while he is having the Don't Cry dream. Fans of this theory often point out that Axl is seen talking to a therapist in Don't Cry, and how is seen fighting with a gun.

Guitarist Izzy Stradlin, who is credited as one of the co-writers of the song, is absent from the video, but Slash can be seen with a hand-written poster that reads, "Where's Izzy?" Rose can be seen very briefly, at around the same point in the video, wearing a St. Louis Cardinals baseball cap. This may be a reference to the infamous 1991 incident in which Rose dove into a St. Louis crowd in the middle of a song in pursuit of a man with a video camera, was arrested, and incited a riot.

A Nirvana baseball hat is visible to the side of Axl's left leg when he is lying down in the psychiatrist's office. Rose was a big fan of Nirvana and even asked the band to play on two occasions during the Use Your Illusion tour. However, Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain loathed Guns N' Roses (as documented in Come As You Are by Michael Azerrad, among other sources) and declined the invitation.Permission is granted to copy, distribute and/or modify this document under the terms of the GNU Free Documentation License, Version 1.2 or any later version published by the Free Software Foundation; with no Invariant Sections, with no Front-Cover Texts, and with no Back-Cover Texts.
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