Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons: “Big Girls Don’t Cry”


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This song was written by Four Seasons member and chief songwriter Bob Gaudio along with their producer, Bob Crewe. It was inspired by a line in a B-movie featuring John Payne. Crewe was half-asleep when he heard this line from a blonde bombshell character who was just slapped by Payne. When she was asked what she thought about being slapped, she replied, “Big girls don’t cry.” Crewe jotted down the line, fell asleep, and wrote the song the next day.

This was designed to sound similar to The Four Seasons first hit, “Sherry,” which topped the charts for five weeks a month before “Big Girls Don’t Cry” hit the top spot. Motown soon applied the same approach to its acts: if someone had a hit – especially an unexpected one – follow it up with something very similar. Like “Sherry,” this spent five weeks at #1 in the US.


(Source songfacts.com)

Lyrics

Big girls don’t cry
Big girls don’t cry

Big girls don’t cry
(They don’t cry)
Big girls don’t cry
(Who said they don’t cry?)

My girl said goodbye
(My oh my)
My girl didn’t cry
(I wonder why?)

Told my girl we had to break up
(Silly boy) Hoped that she would call my bluff
(Silly boy) When she said to my surprise
“Big girls don’t cry”

Big girls don’t cry
(They don’t cry)
Big girls don’t cry
(Who said they don’t cry?)

I was cruel
(I was cruel)
Baby, I’m a fool
(I’m such a fool)

Shame on you, your mama said
(Silly girl) Shame on you, you’re cryin’ in bed
(Silly girl) Shame on you, you told a lie
Big girls do cry

Big girls don’t cry
(They don’t cry)
Big girls don’t cry
(That’s just an alibi)

Big girls don’t cry
Big girls don’t cry
Big girls don’t cry
Big girls don’t cry
Big girls don’t cry

Written by Tobias Gad, Stacy Ferguson • Copyright © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC, Warner/Chappell Music, Inc


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