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Boys Don't Cry (The Cure song)


Boys Don't Cry (The Cure song)

"Boys Don't Cry"
Single by The Cure
Released June 15, 1979 (UK)
21 April 1986 (UK)
Format 7" 12"
Recorded 1979
Genre Post-punk, new wave
Length 2:35
Label Fiction Records
Producer(s) Chris Parry (1979/1986)
Robert Smith (1986)
Dave Allen (1986)
The Cure singles chronology
"Killing an Arab"
"Boys Don't Cry"
"Jumping Someone Else's Train"
The Cure continued chronology
"Half an Octopuss" / "Quadpus"
"Boys Don't Cry (New Voice · New Mix)"
"Why Can't I Be You?"
1986 cover
"Boys Don't Cry (New Voice · New Mix)" single cover.

"Boys Don't Cry" was the second single to be released by the Cure, released in June 1979. It was released in the UK as a stand-alone single, and was included as the title track on Boys Don't Cry, the American equivalent to Three Imaginary Boys.


  • History 1
  • Music video 2
  • Track listings 3
    • 1979 release 3.1
    • 1986 re-release 3.2
  • Personnel 4
  • In popular culture 5
  • Chart positions 6
    • "Boys Don't Cry (New Voice · New Mix)" 6.1
  • References 7
  • External links 8


Written by Michael Dempsey, Robert Smith, and Lol Tolhurst, the lyrics tell the story of a man who has given up trying to regain the love that he has lost, and tries to disguise his true emotional state by "laughing, hiding the tears in [his] eyes, 'cause boys don't cry".

In April 1986 it was re-released under the title "New Voice · New Mix", in which the original track was remixed and the vocals re-recorded. The new version has not appeared on any subsequent release by the Cure, but can be heard in the music video for "Boys Don't Cry". It was released to promote Standing on a Beach; however, the original version of the song appears on the album.

Music video

The video, released in 1986 to promote the "New Voice New Mix" re-recording, features three children miming the song. Behind a curtain, Smith, Tolhurst, and Dempsey (in his only appearance with the band since his 1979 departure), appear as the children's shadows....

Track listings

1979 release

7" single

  1. "Boys Don't Cry" – 2:34
  2. "Plastic Passion" – 2:15

1986 re-release

7" single (Polydor - 883 937-7 - FR)

  1. "Boys Don't Cry (New Voice · New Mix)" – 2:38
  2. "Pill Box Tales" – 2:54

12" single

  1. "Boys Don't Cry (New Voice · Club Mix)" – 5:31
  2. "Pill Box Tales" – 2:56
  3. "Do the Hansa" – 2:40


In popular culture

The song has appeared in various films:

Chart positions

Chart (1979-80) Peak
Australian ARIA Singles Chart 99

"Boys Don't Cry (New Voice · New Mix)"

Chart (1986) Peak
German Singles Chart 19
UK Singles Chart[1] 22
Australian ARIA Singles Chart 26
French Singles Chart 28
Dutch Top 40 Singles Chart 37
Spain (AFYVE)[2] 31


  1. ^ Roberts, David (2006).  
  2. ^ Salaverri, Fernando (September 2005). Sólo éxitos: año a año, 1959–2002 (1st ed.). Spain: Fundación Autor-SGAE.  

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