I'll Cry Instead single artwork - USAWritten by: Lennon-McCartney
Recorded: 1 June 1964
Producer: George Martin
Engineer: Norman Smith

Released: 10 July 1964 (UK), 26 June 1964 (US)

Available on:
A Hard Day’s Night


John Lennon: vocals, acoustic rhythm guitar, tambourine
Paul McCartney: bass
George Harrison: lead guitar
Ringo Starr: drums

Originally intended for the A Hard Day’s Night soundtrack, ‘I’ll Cry Instead’ was replaced with ‘Can’t By Me Love’ at the request of director Richard Lester. It was restored for an opening collage sequence during the film’s 1986 VHS reissue.

I wrote that for A Hard Day’s Night, but Dick Lester didn’t even want it. He resurrected ‘Can’t Buy Me Love’ for that sequence instead. I like the middle eight to that song, though – that’s about all I can say about it.
John Lennon
All We Are Saying, David Sheff

Written by John Lennon, the lyrics for ‘I’ll Cry Instead’ hint at the misogyny which Lennon would more explicitly reveal in ‘Run For Your Life’. His confessions of insecurity, meanwhile, would later be explored in the likes of ‘Help!’ and ‘You’ve Got To Hide Your Love Away’.

Lennon’s wife Cynthia later described such songs as reflecting “the frustration he felt at that time. He was the idol of millions, but the freedom and fun of the early days had gone.”

The music, meanwhile, was influenced by country and western, a genre The Beatles, and in particular Ringo Starr, were fans of.

In the studio

‘I’ll Cry Instead’ was recorded on 1 June 1964. During the same afternoon session The Beatles also recorded ‘Matchbox’ and ‘Slow Down’.

The Beatles taped ‘I’ll Cry Instead’ in two parts, Section A and Section B, which were edited together on 4 June. The first part took six takes to record; the second just two.