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“Don’t Cry Daddy:” A Heartfelt Song of a Child to his Father


As a parent, if you have raised your child respectful and well-disciplined, then you must be proud. A child’s greatest blessing is to have a thoughtful and understanding parent. As a child, seeing our parents suffer will literally break our hearts, especially if we also see them cry. In line with this is Elvis Presley’s song “Don’t Cry Daddy.” Do you know anything about this song?

“Don’t Cry Daddy”

It is a classic song penned by Scott Davis. Elvis Presley popularized this song in the 1960s. His rendition was released in November 1969. Upon the release of the song, it immediately peaked at number 6 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.

Elvis Presley, don't cry daddy
Via discogs.com

Since it became popular, many music artists made their own versions of the song, including Elvis’ daughter, Lisa Marie Presley. Lisa and Elvis made a duet with this track back in the ’90s.

Talking about Elvis, he was known as the “King of Rock and Roll.” He was also one of the hitmakers during his musical career. In addition, he was one of the best selling solo artists in the country music industry. He achieved huge success in many genres including pop, country, blues, and gospel songs. He also won numerous major awards and honors and was inducted into multiple music halls of fame.

Lyrics Breakdown

Don’t cry, daddy
Daddy, please don’t cry
Daddy, you’ve still got me and little Tommy
And together we’ll find a brand new mommy
Daddy, daddy, please laugh again
Daddy, ride us on your back again
Oh, daddy, please, don’t cry

“Don’t Cry Daddy” from its title alone, we can already have an idea what the song talks about. It talks about a family without a mother. The reason for the mother/wife’s absence is not indicated in this song. However, the burden felt by the father was illustrated on this track.

Elvis Presley, Don't Cry Daddy
Via YouTube.com by Screengrab

The children feel the pain inside of their father and what they did is to beg their father to stop crying. One of the children insists that they will find a new mother and invite his father to play with them as they did before.

Listen to Elvis Presley’s “Don’t Cry Daddy” below:

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