Don't Cry I



I’m a crier. I’m super easy when it comes to cry. Just give me a sad look or sad story and then I could give you a hundred tears. Just give me a sad song or movie and then I could give you a thousand tears. Just put me in a sad situation and then I could give you a million tears. Just put me in an endless sorrow and then I could give you countless tears. When I feel like crying, nothing can stop me. Patting my back, giving me a hug, or even telling me not to cry would even make things worse. It makes me crying even louder. I cry when I got hurt. I cry again when I’m healing. And I cry some more every time I remember things that hurt me in the past. I even cry for things that have not happened yet. Yes, I even cry for things that are only inside my head. How can I stop myself from crying? I just can’t unless it stops on its own. How can I tell myself for not crying? I just can’t unless it won’t come out on its own. I don’t hate myself for being a cry baby. I embrace this part of me. I’m grateful for it; for at least I know, I have a heart, and most importantly, the empathy.

“Give me a whisper, and give me a sigh. Give me a kiss before you tell me goodbye. Don’t you take it so hard now, and please don’t take it so bad. I’ll still be thinking of you, and the times we had, baby.” –Guns N’ Roses, Don’t Cry [Original Version]

Do you have any song you always listen to whenever you need to soothe yourself from crying? Well, I have this song. It’s a song titled “Don’t Cry”, performed by the legendary rock band, Guns N’ Roses. The power ballad track was released on two versions which have different lyrics in the verses part. The version I would like to discuss the lyrics this time is the original version. This version was a part of the band’s album, “Use Your Illusion I”. Both versions were released as a double-sided single on September 17th 1991. This song features Shannon Hoon of Blind Melon as co-lead vocalist. It was written by Axl Rose and Izzy Stradlin, as the lyrics follow the story of a man who tries to soothe the woman as the time of he-leaving-her is coming closer.


"Don't Cry" single cover | source: en.wikipedia.org

One of many things that could make me cry easily is separation or farewell or goodbye, in terms of anything. I hate separation; particularly with things I love the most, people I hold most dear, and moments that I cherish. No one could know how I feel. They might have been there before, but they would never understand how I really feel. For no one could walk on the same shoes as mine. “Talk to me softly, there’s something in your eyes. Don’t hang your head in sorrow, and please don’t cry. I know how you feel inside, I’ve been there before. Something’s changing inside you, and don’t you know?” However, I really appreciate the empathy; the efforts to understand how I feel. I’m thankful for the efforts to try to fit in my shoes, though it may be a failure, I’m thankful for the efforts to at least try to walk by my side. We can never really know how painful other people feel. All we can do is trying to understand how painful they feel. And I hate it when I feel something is changing inside me. Change is inevitable, I know. I just don’t like it. It makes me cry.
“Give me a whisper, and give me a sigh. Give me a kiss before you tell me goodbye. Don’t you take it so hard now, and please don’t take it so bad. I’ll still be thinking of you, and the times we had, baby.” Just tell me how can I be assure that a goodbye is not a goodbye? How can I be assured that a goodbye is a good bye? I can’t, can I? I can’t be assuring no matter how hard I try. It makes me cry. I take it so hard and I take it so bad and it makes me cry. It just doesn’t make sense that we could be fine reminiscing the past while trying to move on to the future. I hate reminiscing. It makes me cry. “And please remember that I never lied, and please remember how I felt inside now, honey. You gotta make it your own way, but you’ll be alright now, sugar. You’ll feel better tomorrow, come the morning light now, baby.” And I hate bitter truth. It makes me cry. Bitter truth always hits so hard and so bad. And it won’t be washed away no matter how long time has passed. How could we feel better? How could we make it our own way? How could we be alright?
It’s all bullshit. Love isn’t giving up. And there’s no such thing as the agape love that doesn’t mean to own. Love is always selfish. Love always wants to own. And when we give up on things we acclaim we love, then it’s just not love; as simple as that. If we love, then we stay; as simple as that. “Don’t you cry tonight, I still love you baby. Don’t you cry tonight, there’s a heaven above you baby.” And please don’t tell me to not cry. Instead, just stay right there and wipe my tears as they flow down on my cheeks like a river. Don’t tell me not to cry. Instead, just stay beside me and hold me tight until I can calm myself down. Don’t tell me not to cry. Instead, just say that you understand; just say that you stay. And I appreciate all the efforts to understand; to put down the ego and build the empathy. I appreciate all the efforts to give the best version of loving instead of giving up from trying. Yes, I do appreciate them all. “And don’t you cry, don’t you ever cry, don’t you cry tonight, baby maybe someday. Don’t you cry, don’t you ever cry, don’t you cry tonight.”


Guns N' Roses in the music video of "Don't Cry" | source: vignette.wikia.nocookie.net

I’ve been there many times before; letting go of someone whom I hold most dear. It was not because I wanted to; it was because they wanted to. They wanted to go, and I had run out of strength to make them stay. So I just let them go in the end. They did not even tell me a lie about it. They gave me the bitter truth that they had to go, that they wanted to go, that they did not have any reason to stay with me. It was painful, as hell. Love felt like a lie at that time. I was not loved. I was just being left. I was not able to make it my own way. I was just being abandoned. I was not able to feel better the next day. I was just being devastated. I was not alright. I was broken. And I was crying. For it was beautiful, it was difficult, and it was everything that I ever wanted. But then it was all gone. It left me empty and hollow. It left me in pain and sorrow. And I still cry every time the memory of that time comes to the surface. For everything that was hurting me in the past, I’m still crying over time. For the scars that are imprinted in my heart, I cry.

“And please remember that I never lied, and please remember how I felt inside now, honey. You gotta make it your own way, but you’ll be alright now, sugar. You’ll feel better tomorrow, come the morning light now, baby.” –Guns N’ Roses, Don’t Cry [Original Version]




[Original Lyrics]
Talk to me softly, there’s something in your eyes, don’t hang your head in sorrow, and please don’t cry
I know how you feel inside, I’ve, I’ve been there before, something’s changing inside you, and don’t you know?

Don’t you cry tonight, I still love you baby, don’t you cry tonight
Don’t you cry tonight, there’s a heaven above you baby, and don’t you cry tonight

Give me a whisper, and give me a sigh, give me a kiss before you tell me goodbye
Don’t you take it so hard now, and please don’t take it so bad, I’ll still be thinking of you, and the times we had, baby

And don’t you cry tonight, don’t you cry tonight, don’t you cry tonight
There’s a heaven above you baby, and don’t you cry tonight

And please remember that I never lied, and please remember how I felt inside now, honey
You gotta make it your own way, but you’ll be alright now, sugar, you’ll feel better tomorrow, come the morning light now, baby

And don’t you cry tonight, don’t you cry tonight, don’t you cry tonight
There’s a heaven above you baby, and don’t you cry, don’t you ever cry
Don’t you cry tonight, baby maybe someday
Don’t you cry, don’t you ever cry, don’t you cry tonight

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