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Song facts: Cry Baby Cry

The Beatles recorded Cry Baby Cry for the White Album on July 16th 1968 at Abbey Road Studios, London. The song was written by John Lennon with Paul McCartney adding a short, unfinished song at the end; commonly referred to as Can You Take Me Back.

Lennon wrote the song while studying meditation in India; early lyrics were cry baby cry, make your mother buy, which was borrowed from an advertisement. Some of the song's lyrics are loosely based on the nursery rhyme Sing a Song of Sixpence.

"I've got another one here, a few words, I think I got them from an advert - 'Cry baby cry, make your mother buy'. I've been playing it over on the piano. I've let it go now. It'll come back if I really want it. I do get up from the piano as if I have been in a trance. Sometimes I know I've let a few things slip away, which I could have caught if I'd been wanting something."

John Lennon  

On July 16th the band recorded 10 takes; take 1 was issued on Anthology 3 and take 10 was used as the master for later overdubs.

During the July 16th session long time Abbey Road engineer Geoff Emerick walked out of the studio, telling producer George Martin he'd had enough of listening to the Beatles argue and shout at one another. With the help of Emerick's replacement Ken Scott, Lennon completed Cry Baby Cry on July 18th, adding new lead and backing vocals. 

 "I lost interest in the White Album because they were really arguing among themselves and swearing at each other. The expletives were really flying... I said to George [Martin], 'Look, I've had enough. I want to leave. I don't want to know any more.' George said, 'Well, leave at the end of the week' - I think it was a Monday or Tuesday - but I said, 'No, I want to leave now, this very minute.' And that was it."

Geoff Emerick

John Lennon 1968; photo by Linda McCartney.

John Lennon 1968; photo by Linda McCartney.

John Lennon on the Beatles' Mad Day Out photo shoot, July 28th 1968. 

John Lennon on the Beatles' Mad Day Out photo shoot, July 28th 1968.