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Cry Me A River
Song

Cry Me A River

Justin Timberlake
Album:
Justified

Song Meaning and Background of Cry Me A River by Justin Timberlake


"Cry Me a River" was written by Timberlake and Scott Storch with Timbaland serving as the song's producer. Because of the song's significance, Storch found working with Timberlake to be simple. According to reports, Timberlake's deteriorating romance with singer Britney Spears, which ended in late 2002, served as inspiration for the song's lyrics. Although they worked together on several songs and were occasionally photographed together, Spears was also accused of having a relationship with Limp Bizkit frontman Fred Durst. Spears rejected the allegations, but acknowledged they had several casual encounters.


Timberlake told MTV News, "I'm not going to specifically say if any song is about anybody. I will say writing a couple of songs on the record helped me deal with a couple of things. To me songs are songs. They can stem from things that completely happened to you personally or they can stem from ideas that you think could happen to you."


In 2011, Timberlake confessed he had written "Cry Me a River" after an argument with Spears: "I was on a phone call that was not the most enjoyable phone call. I walked into the studio and he [Timbaland] could tell I was visibly angry." Timbaland recalled, "I was like, 'Man, don't worry about it' and he was like, 'I can't believe she did that to me' and he was like, 'You were my sun, you were my earth.'"


The song peaked at number three on the US Billboard charts and charted in the top ten in other countries.


Lyrics of Cry Me A River by Justin Timberlake


You were my sun

You were my earth

But you didn't know all the ways I loved you, no

So you took a chance

And made other plans

But I bet you didn't think that they would come crashing down, no

 

You don't have to say what you did

I already know, I found out from him

Now there's just no chance for you and me

There'll never be

And don't it make you sad about it

 

You told me you loved me

Why did you leave me all alone

Now you tell me you need me

When you call me on the phone

Girl I refuse

You must have me confused

With some other guy

The bridges were burned

Now it's your turn

To cry

 

Cry me a river

Cry me a river

Cry me a river

Cry me a river

 

Know that they say

That some things are better left unsaid

It wasn't like you only talked to him and you know it

(Don't act like you don't know it)

 

All of these things people told me

Keep messing with my head

(Messing with my head)

Should've picked honesty

Then you may not have blown it

 

You don't have to say what you did

(Don't have to say what you did)

I already know, I found out from him

(I already know)

Now there's just no chance for you and me

There'll never be

(No chance, you and me)

And don't it make you sad about it

 

You told me you loved me

Why did you leave me all alone

(All alone)

Now you tell me you need me

When you call me on the phone

(When you call me on the phone)

Girl I refuse

You must have me confused

With some other guy

(I'm not like them baby)

The bridges were burned

And now it's your turn

(It's your turn)

To cry

 

So cry me a river

(Go on and just)

Cry me a river

(Go on and just)

Cry me a river

(Baby go on and just)

Cry me a river

 

The damage is done

So I guess I be leaving

The damage is done

So I guess I be leaving

The damage is done

So I guess I be leaving

The damage is done

So I guess I be leaving

 

You don't have to say what you did

(Don't have to say what you did)

I already know, I found out from him

(I already know)

Now there's just no chance for you and me

There'll never be

(No chance, you and me)

And don't it make you sad about it

 

Cry me a river

(Go on and just)

Cry me a river

(Baby go on and just)

Cry me a river

(You can go on and just)

Cry me a river

 

Cry me a river

(Baby go on and just)

Cry me a river

(Go on and just)

Cry me a river

(Cause I've already cried)

Cry me a river

(Ain't gonna cry no more)

 

Cry me a river

Cry me a river

Cry me a river

Cry me a river

 

Cry me a river

(Cry me, cry me)

Cry me a river

(Cry me, cry me)

Cry me a river

(Cry me, cry me)

Cry me a river

(Cry me, cry me)

 

Cry me a river

(Cry me, cry me)

Cry me a river

(Cry me, cry me)

Cry me a river

(Cry me, cry me)

Release Date

2002

Songwriter/s

Justin Timberlake, Timothy Mosley, Scott Storch

Producer/s

Timbaland, Scott Storch

Label/s

Jive

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