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Don't Cry Daddy

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(Davis)

Information:
Mac Davis wrote Don't Cry Daddy after his son, Scotty, said to him, "Don't cry, daddy", upon seeing his father's tearful reaction to a news clip of the massacre of a Vietnamese hamlet. Elvis recorded the song at American Sound Studios in Memphis on January 15, 1969. Ronnie Milsap sang harmony and Ed Kollis played harmonica on the recording. The single release had a 13-week stay on Billboard's Hot 100 chart, peaking at #6. It reached #13 on the country chart. Sales of over a million copies were achieved and a Gold Record was certified by the RIAA on January 21, 1970. 

Lyrics:

 

Today I stumbled from my bed
With thunder crashing in my head
My pillow still wet
From last night's tears
And as I think of giving up
A voice inside my coffee-cup
Kept crying out ringing in my ears

1. Don't cry daddy
Daddy, please don't cry
Daddy, you've still got me and little Tommy
Together we'll find a brand new mommy
Daddy, daddy, please laugh again
Daddy ride us on your back again
Oh, daddy, please don't cry

Why are children always first
To feel the pain and hurt the worst
It's true, but somehow
It just don't seem right
'Cause ev'ry time I cry I know
It hurts my little children so
I wonder will it be the same tonight

1. (repeat)

Oh, daddy, please don't cry

 
Where it was released:
Released for the first time on single »
 
Singles:
- Don't Cry Daddy / Rubberneckin' (RCA 47-9768) November 1969. Standard release. »
- Don't Cry Daddy / Rubberneckin' (RCA 447-0674) December 1970. Gold Standard Series reissue.
 
LPs/CDs:
- Worldwide 50 Gold Award Hits, Volume 1 (1970) »
- Elvis Forever (1974) »
- Elvis - A Collectors Edition (1976) »
- The Elvis Presley Story (1977) »
- Elvis: Memories (1978) »
- Worldwide Gold Award Hits, Parts 3 & 4 (1978) »
- Elvis! His Greatest Hits (1979) »
– The Legendary Magic of Elvis Presley (1980) »
– Elvis Greatest Hits, Volume 1 (1981) »

- Always On My Mind (1985)

- The Collection, Volume 4 (1986)

- The Memphis Record (1987)

- The Top Ten Hits (1987)

- From Nashville to Memphis – The Essential 60’s Masters (1993)

- Gold – The Very Best of the King (1995)

- Are You Lonesome Tonight (1997)

- All Time Greatest Hits (1997)

- All The Best (1999)

- Ballads (1999)

- Artist of the Century (1999)

- Suspicious Minds (1999)

- That’s The Way It Is (2000)

- The 50 Greatest Hits (2000)

- The Swedish Hit Collection (2000)

- The 50 Greatest Love Songs (2001)

- The Live Greatest Hits (2001)

- 50 Years 50 Hits (2001)

- Greatest Hits (2001)

- Live In Las Vegas (2001)

- Elvis 70’s (2001)

- Best of Elvis Presley II (2001) - Zounds

- 2nd To None (2003)

- Polk Salad Annie (2004) - FTD »

- Writing For the King (2006) - FTD »

- The Wonder of You (2009) »

- On Stage - February, 1970 (2012) - FTD »

- Hits of the 70s (2012) - FTD »

– The On Stage Season (2013) - FTD »

– From Elvis at American Sound Studios (2013) - FTD »

– Off-On Stage (2018) - FTD »

– American Sound 1969 (2019) - FTD »

 

Bootleg Releases:

- The Entertainer (1978) - Rooster Record Company

- Behind Closed Doors (1979) - Audifon Records

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