The CRY! - Dangerous Game

by Tommy Ray (& The CRY!!)

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1.
Discotheque 03:22
I went down to the discotheque as she was holding court down on the floor T. Rex played on the stereo all the young dudes shout for more She walked down and looked at me and I was shaking like the leaves on a tree She said honey you look so fine won’t you spend a little time on me My jaw dropped to the floor I wanted to hear more I couldn’t tell if she was teasing me And the chance I couldn’t miss so I tried to steal a kiss she pulled right away from me She said “baby if you want my love you’ve gotta buy me a drink.” I went down to the record shop just looking for a brand new beat There she was standing all alone thumbing through the b’s and the c’s I walked up and got real close and she said “long time no see what you doing here pretty boy I think you owe me a drink” So we started walking trash we were talking I pulled out my flask and gave her a drink We walked right by the place where I first saw her face she looked right up at me She said “baby if you want my love you’ve gotta buy me a drink.” The night was nearly over and I was far from sober I turned around and all I could see Was this little vixen on someone else she’s kissing the words I heard I couldn’t believe When she said “baby if you want my love ”She said “baby if you want my love” She said “baby if you want my love you’ve gotta buy me a drink.”
2.
You now the silly little things you say They’re leaving me without a clue You know the stupid little things you do They’re making me want somebody new I really don’t know how long I can fake it Babe I really can’t take it much more But when your crying starts to ruin your makeup Just don’t know if I can walk out that door When you’re hanging me up with your fake little tears You’re holding me down with your sad soaking eyes Hanging me up with your hopes and your fears You’re holding me down with the way that you cry Really don’t know why I’m hanging around I should have left a long time ago Maybe it’s all of your prescription pills Making my brain work too slow Or maybe it’s the way you move your body You know of it I just can’t get enough But when reality kicks me in the teeth I realize I don’t need none of that stuff (Chorus) But when you call me at midnight Saying baby call 911! I realize a whole lot sooner That I should’ve just cut out and run Well suicide’s never the answer You really should know by now That I just can’t leave you hanging up You know I don’t know how (Chorus) Hanging me up with your fake little tears You’re holding me down with your sad soaking eyes Hanging me up with your hopes and your fears You’re holding me down with the way that you cry You’re holding me down till the day that I die baby
3.
Well I’ve been down on the boulevards on a hunt for a familiar face Streetlights are flickering on and I know that I ain’t got no place And I ain’t got nowhere to go And I ain’t got nowhere to go You see I’m stranded and I’m all alone with no place to go All the kids are hanging around they’re sniffin’ glue in a park downtown Ain’t gotta worry bout tomorrow babe cause it’s days like this that I know it That I ain’t got nowhere to go And I ain’t got nowhere to go You see I’m stranded and I’m all alone with no place to go And I ain’t got nowhere to go You see I’m stranded and I’m all alone With no place to go No, no place to go Oh no, no place to go See I’m stranded and I’m all alone with no place to go
4.
I don’t wanna ride alone on the subway Come pick me up in your mommy’s new car I’m so tired and I’ve had such a long day Don’t ring me up cause I aint going too far Chorus: In this dangerous game called love Dangerous game called love Dangerous game called love And I don’t know why but I just can’t get enough Got me goin out my mind trying to please you Everyday I work my fingers to the bone And it seems as though there’s nothing that I can do You leave me stranded baby standing all alone (Chorus) You know I always loved you But you never felt the same Ripped my heart out of my chest And you didn’t feel an ounce of pain Well I played with fire and I got burned Wish I could say my lessons learned But that’s the way it goes I aint lying to you no, no, no I said that’s the way it goes And it’s the only way I know See you strutting round in high heels and lipstick Top it off with a little white bow Got me wishing my libido had a kill switch Cause when I’m with you I feel like I might explode (Chorus) And I don’t know why but my heart’s still stuck (Chorus) And I don’t know why but I just can’t get enough
5.
It’s been a while now since I’ve seen your face The kids have all grown up and moved away I saw you in a dream last night It woke me up and gave me quite a fright Toys in the attic are all turning grey You made my winter so much colder And you dropped a big weight on my shoulders Well since you left things have changed Since you’ve gone away they’ve never been the same Toys in the attic are all turning grey I still have my photographs And memories that make me laugh I just can’t seem to escape my past And we never got to eat at Changs And I forgot to give you your change And now I just don’t know what to do I was told time heals all wounds Mom’s doin fine she keeps the wolves at bay And that thing you built me broke the other day Well I’ve been doing everything I can Just trying to hold my head high and to be a man While toys in the attic are all turning grey
6.
Smirk 02:15
Oh girl I see through your lies Though you hide them well under your disguise I see you talking and trying to pry But these tear stained pictures tell no lies There’s nothing you can do I’m so bored with you I really hope that I Just wiped that smirk right off Of your face I can see what you’re doin to me By bringing back all those memories I won’t sink in your amphetamines You know I’m packing my bags And it’s time to leave Aint gonna see you again don’t try to talk to my friends It’s too late for amends just wipe that smirk right off Years later we will meet again But I know better we just can’t be friends I never knew forever had an end So I’ll just keep walking trying to pretend That everything is fineLike you were never mine I really hope that I just wiped that smirk right off
7.
Shakin' 02:40
Kids are all coming from miles around Yyou in the suburbs take the bus downtown Even my parents wanna make the trip But if they find out what we’re doing it would make them sick We’re just dancing and doin it right Pop some blues, we’ll be up all night Goin inside, outside, upside down And we ain’t gonna stop until we hit the ground We’re shakin, shakin like a vibrator Burnin, burnin like the radiator Come on, come on, come on a little closer to me Shakin, shakin like a vibrator Burnin, burnin like that radiator Come on, come on give what your mama gave you to me Don’t gotta worry bout catching the bus You’ll be fine come and stay with us We’ve got plenty of smokes we’ve got plenty of Schlitz We got a stereo baby, playing all those hits If you get bored we can go to my pad Just careful not to wake up mom and dad Sneak upstairs and into my room And I can show what’s inside my fruit of the looms (Chorus)
8.
Seventeen 03:06
Yeah, you’re only seventeen But listen honey that’s fine by me Cause you know I never get no relief without you here by me It’s not just the way you dress It aint about the way you cut that hair You know you really got me hooked on you It tears me up when you’re not there You’re so far away and I heard your mommy say Don’t let your daddy find out or else he’ll tear my heart out Your folks say it’s not true romance Your daddy wouldn’t even give me a chance Your mommy says that boy’s no good He just wants to get inside of your pants People tell me that you’re too young People saying that my songs been sung Well I’m just trying to have some fun, fun, fun And maybe baby I can make you come Along for the ride so won’t you come inside Don’t let your daddy find out or else he’ll tear my heart out Don’t let your daddy find out or else he’ll tear my heart out You’re only seventeen
9.
Things sure changed since I’ve seen your face Oh sweet girl I’ve got no time to waste With that he said, she said With that he said, she said I know what you’re thinking about Don’t let those words come out your mouth With that he said, she said With that he said, she said Time has come and I don’t feel right Guess I’ll pay the price You can’t even look at me Can’t look me in the eyes I said not even in the eyes People always talking bout How me and you won’t work it out But that’s all he said, she said Oh it’s all he said, she said Your mom and dad don’t like me now But I don’t care anyhow Cause it’s all he said, she said Oh it’s all he said, she said (Chorus) And it’s he said, she said He said, she said It’s all he said, she said He said, she said It’s all he said, she said, he said (Chorus) And it’s he said, she said
10.
It’s the same old story now When I saw you walking down the street with your new boyfriend in hand Looked so happy with a smile on your face I never could forgive myself for letting you go My esteem is certainly low it’s the same old story now Many times I listened to your lies and you stabbed my back in the end And I don’t think I can live with trying to just remain your friend Those words, felt so angry and sad The hate, feelings I’ve never had It’s the same old story now You know I tried so hard to get you girl and I just can’t get you off my mind But I find it hard to understand how can I forget you when you’re so unkind Gave my heart to you, you used it awhile Another number put away in your file How many more hearts must you go out and break And now I know it was a big mistake Tried to fall in love with you Now I’m so glad we’re through It’s the same old story now Well it’s the same old story now Well it’s the same old story now Oh it’s the same old story Same old story Same old story now

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“Dangerous Game” from The CRY! is rooted in the great things about 50’s and 60’s rock and 70’s power pop and punk but the album sounds fresh. The songs are catchy and the performances full of life and energy, capturing some of the feel of their live shows which are a vibrant experience. The CRY! will restore your faith in the future of rock n roll."
-Terry Currier
Owner, Music Millennium


“On their second album, Dangerous Game, these boys from Portland, OR bring more of those authentic glam sounds for which they've become known, adding just a touch of maturity while still rocking the roof off the place! Excellent stuff!"
-David Bash, Founder CEO,
The International Pop Overthrow Music Festival


“A breathless collection full of high energy songs colored by a punk vocal aesthetic and good old-fashioned rock 'n' pop chops. The hooks are strong throughout; the backing vocals are top-notch; the album flows like fine wine with a kick. I predict big things for this album. Anyone with even a passing interest in high-energy pop 'n' roll is going to go crazy for your latest effort!”
-Alan Haber
Pure Pop Radio

"The CRY! represent everything that’s awesome, true and righteous with rock 'n roll. Their new album ("Dangerous Game") captures every ounce of effort and excitement that makes the music-loving soul in me stir and shake. It's the best thing I've heard in this new, young year of 2014 but the releases that will follow in the coming year are gonna have to work hard to supplant its present premiere positioning."
-Bruce Brodeen
Pop Geek Heavan/Not Lame


This album is hot! What I've loved about this band from the very beginning is that its songwriting and vocal arrangements are steeped in the timeless traditions of oldies and doo-wop. In a day and age when high-tech trickery and turd-polishing gloss rule the productions of the music industry, it's great to hear a band focusing on writing great songs and actually singing well.
-Lord Rutledge
Faster and Louder

“The CRY! has caught lightening in a bottle with their sophomore release: Dangerous Game. Their music is a refreshing blast of upbeat guitar riffs and vocals that made me feel like that first day of summer and their lead guitar work compliments the songs like the sun in the sky. They came to rock and that’s exactly what they do! If you’re a fan of music, there is no doubt that you’ll be a fan of The CRY! after listening to Dangerous Game.”
-John Wood
WoodBangers Magazine


“The CRY! are back in full swagger on their second LP Dangerous Game. The band dissects the dangerous game called love every which way in 10 tracks that showcase a GS Scooter-full of guitar riffs, handclaps, and tight vocal interplay that includes backing harmonies, call-and-response volleys and shout-along choruses. We saw The Cry! play fantastic shows in Youngstown and Cleveland in 2012. Here's hoping they make the 2,500 mile trek again. We'll know where to go.
- Barry Eisenberg
Dirty Phoenix Productions

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released March 1, 2014

All original compositions arranged and performed by The CRY!: Brian Crace, Ray Nelsen, Dave Berkham, Evan "Maus" Mersky

Produced by Evan Mersky and John Nelsen
Recorded at Red Lantern Studios, Portland OR ( Evan Mersky, Engineer)
Mastered January 2014 by Daniel "Hajji" Husayn at North London Bomb Factory.

Cover Art: Dave Berkham (Photo: Johna Nelsen)
Back Cover: Photo by John Keel

All right reserved: 2014, The CRY!

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Tommy Ray (& The CRY!!) Portland, Oregon

TOMMY RAY! came into his own between 2011 and 2018 as the primary songwriter and front man for power-pop heroes “The CRY!”.

With the band on indefinite hiatus, TOMMY released 2019's "The Decayed/PDX Punks", 2020’s “First Hits Free” and now, 2021’s “Handful of Hits”

TOMMY merges 50's melodies, the jangle of 60's pop hooks, 70's glam-rock, and honest gritty street-level lyrics.
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