Beatles – I’ll Cry Instead

“I’ve got a chip on my shoulder that’s bigger than my feet”…you didn’t see lines like this in early pop songs very much. The song was the A Hard Day’s Night album released in 1964. The song was going to be in the film but it got replaced by Can’t Buy Me, Love. “I wrote that for ‘A Hard Day’s Night’ but Dick Lester didn’t even want it,” John explained, “He resurrected ‘Can’t Buy Me Love’ for that sequence instead.”

The song did get released as a single in the US in 1964 and peaked at #25 in the Billboard 100.

John Lennon on the Dylan influence – “I’d started thinking about my own emotions,”  “Instead of projecting myself into a situation, I would try to express what I felt about myself, which I’d done in my books. I think it was Dylan who helped me realize that – not by any discussion or anything, but by hearing his work.”

Cynthia Lennon said this: “It reflects the frustration he [John Lennon] felt at that time. He was the idol of millions, but the freedom and fun of the early days had gone.”

I’ll Cry Instead

I’ve got every reason on earth to be mad
‘Cause I just lost the only girl I had
If I could get my way
I’d get myself locked up today
But I can’t, so I’ll cry instead

I’ve got a chip on my shoulder that’s bigger that my feet
I can’t talk to people that I meet
If I could see you now
I’d try to make you sad somehow
But I can’t, so I’ll cry instead

Don’t want to cry when there’s people there
I get shy when they start to stare
I’m gonna hide myself away
But I’ll come back again someday

And when you do you’d better hide all the girls
I’m gonna break their hearts all round the world
Yes, I’m gonna break them in two
And show you what your lovin’ man can do
Until then I’ll cry instead