Don't Cry II



Do we know what sadness is? Do we really know? Is the sadness we know all this time is what sadness really is? Do we really understand? Or do we just feel like we understand? All this time, people used to relate sadness with tears. The thing is: do tears mean sadness? How would we explain people who cry out of happiness then? Hence, tears do not always mean sadness, but sadness is represented by tears most of the times. And they say that we are looking for our own sadness. They say that we make our own sadness. Is it true? Do we make our own sadness? Do we create our own sadness? Do we make it for crying? Do we need to cry? I once read a biological explanation why people cry from time to time; turns out that we need to get out some kind of chemicals inside us through the tears. Perhaps it’s true. Perhaps that’s why sometimes I cry out of nowhere. Perhaps we do need to cry at times; no matter we feel sad or happy at that moment, we just need to let it out, but mostly it’s because of sadness. Perhaps it’s true that we do make our own sadness; just in order to let out these tears inside us.

“I know the things you wanted, they’re not what you have. With all the people talking, it’s driving you mad. If I was standing by you, how would you feel? Knowing your love’s decided, and all love is real.” –Guns N’ Roses, Don’t Cry [Alternate Version]

In this second part of “Don’t Cry”, I would like to make a lyrical approach towards the alternate lyrics of the song performed by legendary rock band, Guns N’ Roses. This other version of “Don’t Cry” with different lyrics on verses and bridge part was released on September 17th 1991 as the B-side from double-sided single of “Don’t Cry”, with the original version on the A-side. It was also served as the part of the band’s album, “Use Your Illusion II”. The soft rock track was written by the band’s frontman, Axl Rose, along with Izzy Stradlin. Lyrically, it speaks about someone who tells their lover for not crying; because they’ve made their own sorrow, and most importantly, they can always count on them whenever things go bad, so that there’s no point in crying.


"Don't Cry" single back cover | source: Geffen Records

Our hands are tied in front of the time. We can do nothing about it. We might have made some plans, but at times our plans do not go as how we design it. We are helpless in front of the time. We cannot do anything about it. We might have made some promises, but at times our efforts to fulfill those promises just aren’t granted by the time. And yes, that kind of situation makes us feel upset. It’s devastating us. “If we could see tomorrow, what of your plans. No one can live in sorrow, ask all your friends. Times that you took in stride, they’re back in demand. I was the one who’s washing blood off your hands.” And they say that we reap what we sow. However, at times we’re not the only one who cleans up all the mess we’ve made. And have we ever wondered how exhausted it must be for the person who does it all for us? When will we ever grow up? Have we ever wondered if that person might be leaving out of exhaustion? When will they ever give up? Sadly, most of the times, we’re only thinking about our pain instead of having the empathy.
“I know the things you wanted, they’re not what you have. With all the people talking, it’s driving you mad. If I was standing by you, how would you feel? Knowing your love’s decided, and all love is real.” And we spend too much energy feeling sorry towards ourselves for not having things we want. And we waste so much power feeling angry towards other people who talk behind our back. Meanwhile, at the same time, we forget to be grateful for everything that we have at the moment. We forget to cherish people who really care for us and stay with us through the good and the bad without judging us. We’re too busy taking care of our own pain it makes us forget to take care of the love we have; the real thing. “I thought I could live in your world as years all went by. With all the voices I’ve heard, something has died. And when you’re in need of someone, my heart won’t deny you. So many seem so lonely, with no one left to cry to, baby.” And perhaps, we’re taking it all for granted because we know that it will always be there no matter how things go by.
“Don’t you cry tonight, I still love you baby. Don’t you cry tonight, there’s a heaven above you baby.” And when we realize that we have wasted those real things for artificial ones, we break down and cry. When we understand that we have thrown away the significant thing for the superficial one, we are torn apart and cry. Though I believe that it is never too late to realize our mistakes and do some efforts to make things right again, I also believe that we can always push ourselves toward the limit to see the silver lining amidst the dark clouds. There is actually no reason to cry for what we don’t have when we know how meaningful things we have at the moment. There is eventually no reason to cry for losing people who turn their back against us when we understand how precious the person who decides to stay beside us. There is no reason to cry for the past when we realize how beautiful the present we have. “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 | source: www.rollingstone.com

Of all things that could make me cry, I hate it when I cry for feeling useless, unwanted, and not needed. It puts me in a great despair; a massive devastation inside of me. It makes me sad when I feel like my presence does not bring happiness toward the person I hold most dear. It makes me mad when I feel like my presence does not bring peace in the mind of the person I cherish the most. It makes me feel useless, insignificant, and meaningless. Why am I even here? Why should I stay? When my presence cannot ease the pain, why should I even stay? When my presence cannot soothe the sorrow, why am I here? Though they do not cry out loud, I know they are crying inside. Why would I stay when my presence cannot stop their heart from crying? Moreover, it wasn’t me who has caused all the pain they carry. And it’s devastating me in every sense. However, as much as I’m sad by the situation, I try hard to understand; perhaps it’s all just in my head. Perhaps my presence does mean something. Perhaps I just think too much. Perhaps my presence is significant. Perhaps I am wanted and needed. Perhaps I just feel too much.

“And when you’re in need of someone, my heart won’t deny you, so many seem so lonely, with no one left to cry to.” –Guns N’ Roses, Don’t Cry [Alternate Version]




[Alternate Lyrics]
If we could see tomorrow, what of your plans, no one can live in sorrow, ask all your friends
Times that you took in stride, they’re back in demand, I was the one who’s washing blood off your hands

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

I know the things you wanted, they’re not what you have, with all the people talking, it’s driving you mad
If I was standing by you, how would you feel? Knowing your love’s decided, and all love is real

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

I thought I could live in your world as years all went by, with all the voices I’ve heard, something has died
And when you’re in need of someone, my heart won’t deny you, so many seem so lonely, with no one left to cry to, 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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