The CRY! - The CRY!

by Tommy Ray (& The CRY!!)

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1.
Down In the city (R. Nelsen, B. Crace) I've got a feeling coming near me and you can't even hear me Got a one track mind, can't think clearly I'm always walking round with my head in a whirl I'm always walking round with pretty girls And you, You ain't gonna see my face again You ain't gonna hear me cry in vain And my heart wont be destroyed by you And I'll never ever fall in love again I’m down in the city and I’m feeling so pretty I’m a loveless fool no one will be with me I’m always at the bar with my heart in a glass Nothing good ever seems to last oh no You ain't gonna see my face again You ain't gonna hear me cry in vain And my heart wont be destroyed by you And I'll never ever fall in love again Oh no No I'll never ever fall in love again Oh no No I'll never ever fall in love No I'll never ever fall in love No I'll never ever fall in love No I'll never ever fall in love again
2.
Modern Cinderella (R. Nelsen) I'm an inner city fella you’re a modern Cinderella And I've been having wet dreams over you I've seen the way that you twist and your red lipstick And I just don’t know what to do Please girl please, stay with me Tonight's for lovers like us And you don’t seem to love like me So I'm heading home on the bus Oh no I'm heading home on the bus I've been having these dreams and plotting these schemes Over how I'm getting back to you I've been laying in my bed with you in my head And now my hand is sore for an hour or two Please girl please, stay with me Tonight's for lovers like us And you don’t seem to love like me So I'm heading home on the bus Oh no I'm heading home on the bus I'm heading home on the bus Yeah, I'm heading home on the bus Please girl please, stay with me Tonight's for lovers like us But you don’t seem to love like me So I'm heading home on the bus Oh no I'm heading home on the bus Oh no I'm heading home on the bus Oh no I'm heading home I'm heading home on the bus
3.
Waiting Around (R. Nelsen, J. Nelsen) I won't be waiting around I won't be waiting around Saw your picture baby Looking through my photographs Told me that you loved me And that it was made to last But you don't love me now You don't want me around You'll soon find out What despair is all about And I won't be waiting around For when you come Coming around You've been gone some time now And I'm getting over you I'm just looking for a little lust In a port in the storm or two But you don't love me now You don't want me around You'll soon find out What despair is all about And I won't be waiting around For when you come Coming around But you don't love me now You don't want me around You'll soon find out What despair is all about And I won't be waiting around For when you come Coming around Waiting around
4.
Sleeping Alone (B. Crace) Hey baby, well I'm so excited summer's finally come and all night and day we will be having fun but lately you've been slowly moving right away from me you know now I see how lonely love can be Well, looks like tonight I'm sleeping alone and it's all because you didn't answer the phone it's hard to sleep with dreams of you in my head you know it's cold on the other side of my bed Hey lady you know I hope you're happy right by your new man I couldn't see at first but now I understand it's crazy that just yesterday you were right by my side you know it tore me up when I found out you lied Yeah, looks like tonight I'm sleeping alone and it's all because you wouldn't answer the phone and I can't sleep with you runnin' round in my head you know it's cold on the other side of my bed Babe, looks like tonight I'm sleeping alone but I don't really care you didn't answer the phone there's no sleep for me when I'm getting some head it's still cold on the other side of my bed Yeah, looks like tonight I'm sleeping alone and it's all because you wouldn't answer the phone and I can't sleep with you runnin' round in my head well you know it's cold on the other side of my bed
5.
Forget It 02:18
Forget It! (D. Berkham) Don't think that those games will work on me now It's happened so many times I know every step how Convincing words let me demonstrate While you lead me and then you take away My heart Don't come running, crying back to me girl You had your bricks and you dropped them all on me girl Wasting time always on my mind Cause you kissed me and then you took away My heart What was the point in everything you said? Why can't I get you out of my head? You stole my heart Forget about it girl
6.
I Think I'm in Love (R. Nelsen) I start losing my breath when I get too close to you Got me tripping on words and I don't know what to do But I think I'm gonna take the chance And ask you out to Fridays dance Ooh baby I think I'm in love with you Goin ooh baby I think I'm in love with you Took my question and answered yes We danced all night and got no rest Then we went back to my place yes Where we sang a different song Ooh baby I think I'm in love with you Goin ooh baby I think I'm in love with you The next morning I woke up late Tried to take you out on another date But You'd already gone away And you were with another man Ooh baby don't think I'm in love with you Goin ooh baby don't think I'm in love with you
7.
I Wanna Know 02:53
I Wanna Know (R. Nelsen) When I saw you by the corner store down on 8th and Main street I saw you lookin' at me girl Saw you lookin' at me And I know that there ain't no time for all these lies now I'm gonna tell the truth girl I'm gonna tell the truth I wanna know know know I wanna know what you're doin' Know know know what you're doin' tonight I wanna wanna wanna wanna hold you baby I wanna wanna wanna wanna hold you tight When I saw you with your new boyfriend It made me cringe yeah I wanna smash in his face girl I wanna smash in his face But I know if I did that again you'll never come back now And I want you by my side I want you by mine I wanna know know know I wanna know what you're doin' Know know know what you're doin' tonight I wanna wanna wanna wanna hold you baby I wanna wanna wanna wanna hold you tight
8.
Be True 02:01
Be True (R. Nelsen, B. Crace, J. Nelsen) Well I've been waiting for my whole life And I need to find a girl like you Now that I've got you I ain't letting go of you I've been drinking for a couple nights And I still can't get over you Told me that you love me but you think that I've been being untrue So please be true Be true Please be true to me now And don't stray away Oh no no no Every time I hear your name it brings me back to the day That we held each other on the sands of Rockaway Now I'm sitting here with sand in my ass And a puppy dog tear in my eye Told me that you love me but all you do is make me cry So please be true Be true Please be true to me now And don't stray away Oh no no no
9.
Wouldn’t last (R. Nelsen, B. Crace) Watching movies and reading the paper But I can’t get you out of my mind Counting seconds on the clock Like a jailbird doing time They’re never gonna take Never gonna take Never gonna take Take you away from me Walking down the streets of Portland Under the sky's of grey I'm looking over the water front Hearing my lover say They’re never gonna take Never gonna take Never gonna take Take you away from me Take you away From me girl Oh no Fall is gone and you left with it I knew that it wouldn’t last It was fun and it was great But now it’s all in the past They’re never gonna take Never gonna take Never gonna take Take you away Never gonna take Never gonna take Never take you away from me
10.
Alone In the dark (R. Nelsen) Nights grew longer and the days got shorter as we walked down the way Holding hands and skipping stones, never thought it would end this way But you packed your bags and your moving away You left me stranded Begging, you wouldn't stay You wont come back no no no way And baby I'm alone in the dark I'm alone Alone in the dark I'm alone Alone in the dark I'm alone Alone in the dark With no one Since you left things got better there’s new girls coming around Singing songs and getting drunk Running around the town And then I saw you right across the street I smirked, you waved back at me You’re so sad I'm so happy and baby Now your alone in the dark You're alone Alone in the dark You're alone Alone in the dark You're alone Alone in the dark With no one You packed your bags and you're moving away You left me stranded begging, you wouldn't stay You wont come back no no no way And baby now you're alone in the dark You're alone Alone in the dark You're alone Alone in the dark You're alone Alone in the dark With no one You're alone Alone in the dark You're alone Alone in the dark You're alone Alone in the dark With no one And it's no fun
11.
Girl (J. Nelsen) Girl, I wanna know your name and do you feel the same way that I do When I see your face When I see your face And girl, I wanna hold your hand I wanna make a stand with you right now When I see your face Your pretty little face And we've got something here and now I don't know what it is, I don't know how We are ever gonna make it through the night And girl, I wanna know your name and do you feel the same way that I do When I see your face When I see your face And girl, I wanna hold your hand I wanna make a stand with you right now When I see your face Your pretty little face And we've got something here and now I don't know what it is, I don't know how We are ever gonna make it through the night Girl
12.
Such A Bore 02:07
Such A Bore (R. Nelsen) Well the days are cold And everything's the same Nothing new to do And nothing new to sing oh yeah And baby I'm getting sick Sick of teenage boredom There's nothing anymore You're such a bore Well I'm so tired of being here alone Boredom's taking over And I'm sitting by my telephone oh yeah And baby I'm getting sick Sick of teenage boredom There's nothing anymore You're such a bore Such a bore now You're such a bore You're such a bore now Don't want you coming around here anymore Cause you're such a bore And baby I'm getting sick Sick of teenage boredom There's nothing anymore You're such a bore

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WOW! If you had told us that was was a record from 1978 we would have believed you! These kids play pure pop music with punk-ish energy!

With heavy power-pop influences like The Beach Boys, Exploding Hearts, and The Sweet, the band has re-crafted the 2 minute pop song for a new generation. They effortlessly merge 50's style vocal harmonies and the jangle of 60's pop hooks with the raw punkish emotion of the street culture from which they come.

"The bouncing riffs of 'I Think I’m In Love'' it’s kinda like a mix of Thin Lizzy and The Rubinoos, where the guitar melody is supported by the punky vocals of Tommy Ray. The influence of The Ramones is all over 'Such A Bore,' as they kick the energy level up a few notches. The music merges the do-wop vocal arrangements of the 50's and jangling hooks of the 60's quite well on 'Sleeping Alone' and 'Be True.' Their perfect blend of styles also works on the melodic “Forget It,” and its my favorite track here.

Each song is quick and many are under 2 minutes long. No misfires here." - Powerpopaholic.com "They channel the obstreperous Buzzcocks/Green Day branch of power pop.

Guitarist Brian Crace possesses crazy dynamics and invention with traces of rockabilly, anthem, and acid. 'Modern Cinderella' sucks you in with a great hook, chiming chords and cheeky backing vocals that veer abruptly into sweet Beach Boys doo wops. 'Waiting Around' sounds like the prom band that only exists in your memory, starting as a 'allad and breaking into a gallop.

Ray Nelsen’s voice drips attitude. Rolling surf drums open “Sleeping Alone,' killer lyrics, killer hook, and lyrical bass. 'I Wanna Know' is one more killer hook-filled cry du coeur with an irresistible shifting rhythm that lets Crase roam. 'Wouldn’t Last,' consciously or not, is a mash-up of 'Jet' and 'Be True To Your School,' touching two of their polestars.

'Such a Bore' could become a generational anthem like “Summertime Blues.” The CRY! have the songs, the chops and the attitude. I could go on but I’d rather listen to the record." - PopGeekHeaven GREAT!!!

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released January 1, 2014

Copyright 2012 "The CRY!"

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

Produced by John "Greybush" Nelsen
Recorded at Red Lantern Studios & Fetish Pop Studios, Portland Oregon
Mastered by Foster Mastering, Portland Oregon

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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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