Beatles: Cry Baby Cry Meaning
Song Released: 1968
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Cry Baby Cry Lyrics
Make your mother sigh
She's old enough to know better.
The king of Marigold was in the kitchen
Cooking breakfast for the queen
The queen was in the parlour
Playing piano for the children of the king.
Cry baby cry
anonymous Nov 29th, 2013 11:06pm report
It's a simple song about domestic regret, verse to verse the children grow from playdates with friends to adolescence and eventually adulthood. "trouble at the local bird and bee"? They're learning about love. "Séance" they're learning to question their parents/authority.
Johns' homelife has been depicted as wanting during this period but like any of us I'm sure he loved his son and realized that our time with our children is fleeting. He understands that those moments are soon gone and regrets that his life is pulling him further away. We all feel like we could have done more and John expresses it beautifully in this song.
anonymous Jun 7th, 2011 6:40am report
This possibly COULD of been another song about Lennon cheating on his wife? He's the King, Cynthia is the Queen.
'The king was in the garden
Picking flowers for a friend who came to play
The queen was in the playroom
Painting pictures for the childrens holiday'
Flowers of romance for a "friend" who came to "play"
Cynthia was studying art before she became involved with Beatlemania, so this could just be a veiled reference to her.
anonymous Jun 4th, 2011 6:34am report
I beleive that this song is a satire on the ironic powers of society. Everything in the song is depicted as polar opposite of what they should, for example the adults "'round the table for a seance in the dark" are fooled by the children that make voices "for a laugh." This portrays the children as more wise and has the adults seem naive and childish.
anonymous Feb 22nd, 2011 2:54pm report
That conversation you keep mentioning is not this song, it's revolution 9, the one after it.
anonymous May 24th, 2010 5:08am report
To me, “Cry Baby Cry,” “Won’t You Take Me Back”, “Revolution 9” and “Good Night” form a unity, in which a baby falls asleep.
In “Cry Baby Cry”, a baby is crying and refusing to sleep, while its mother is trying to improvise a fairy tale to calm it down. She doesn’t do very well, because she’s very tired, so she mixes up images of kings, queens and so forth.
In “Won’t You Take Me Back” the baby is being soothed by a lullabye and starts to fall asleep.
“Revolution 9” is a nonsensical mishmash of noise depicting the mix of images that occur when falling asleep.
“Good Night” depicts the baby and mother finally able to sleep.
anonymous Oct 10th, 2008 10:23pm report
To the above, the conversation is between George Martin and Derek Taylor and is over a bottle of wine.
anonymous Jan 13th, 2008 1:26pm report
This is one of my favorite songs because...have you guys ever heard at the very end of the song, if you turn it up loud enough you hear I think a bit of a conversation by Paul...and I think maybe George. Sounds like an apology. Its only a few lines of dialog...maybe 2 or 3 sentences...but I'm fascinated by it and can't quite figure out what exactly they are saying. So if you have heard it or know anything about it let me know.
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