"Cry on Demand" as written by and Ryan Adams....
So, it's how the story goes.
And we come to the scene where I'm holding you close.
She moves, moves like a thin dulling blade
Cuts, all the words that I said.
The only difference is,
The only difference is,
The truth,
The truth is I miss you.

Cry on demand.
How'd you learn to?
Cry on demand.
Teach me if you want to.
Though you don't have to.
I just close my eyes and think of you.

Real. Real like a plastic bouquet.
That thrives on the smoke from an old fireplace.
And dies every night with her face on the news.
Nobody cries, they just smoke and stare and their shoes.
The only difference is,
The only difference is,
Nobody can cry,
It's hard to do.
For most folks, without a reason why.

Cry on demand.
How'd you learn to?
Cry on demand.
Why would you want to?
Just close your eyes and think of me.
I take back everything I said.
She can't hurt me, and I can't hurt you.
It's like were already dead.
Cry on demand.
Why would you want to?
Cry on demand.
Teach me if you want to.
Though you don't have to.
I just close my eyes and think of you.


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"Cry on Demand" as written by Ryan Adams

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    General CommentThis song is not about Carrie Hamilton. According to an interview at AnsweringBell.com, it was about his ex-girlfriend at the time, Winona Ryder. It is a mean and sarcastic song.
    etherizedon January 17, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis is one of the best songs on demolition, if not the best. great music. great lyrics. great.
    wavejarson March 19, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General CommentSo, it's how the story goes.
    And we come to the scene where I'm holding you close.
    She moves, moves like a thin dulling blade
    Cuts, all the words that I said...

    Real. Real like a plastic bouquet.
    That thrives on the smoke from an old fireplace.
    And dies every night with her face on the news.
    Nobody cries, they just smoke and stare and their shoes.

    the parts that touch me the most--depressing--wonderful.
    wavejarson March 19, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General CommentBeauty...Pure and utter beauty.
    IllCatchYou11on April 05, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General Commenta song that only ryan adams could sing like this. his voice is perfect for the depressing lyrics. i think it's about a bad break up perhaps...hmm i'm not very good at this.
    USPOAHZMSFon April 07, 2003   Link
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    General CommentThe line that sticks out in my mind is: "She can't hurt me, I can't hurt you, it's like we're already dead". Two people who don't know how to feel about each other, and if they do, are they pretending to, or pretending not to.

    "Cry on Demand" expresses this confusion, not communicating honestly with the emotions you choose to (and choose not to) show.
    davidecoyoteon November 15, 2004   Link
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    General Comment"And she dies every night with her face on the news.
    Nobody cries, they just smoke and stare and their shoes"

    I think Ryan's inspiration for this song, like most off of Demolition, was his girlfriend, Carrie Hamilton, who died of cancer in 2002. When she died, it was on the news and that is where the above quoted lyric comes from, she died everytime he saw it on the news, but nobody else watching the news cried. The rest of the song I think is just about her ability to act and literally cry on demand.
    RyDogg66on April 05, 2005   Link
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    General Commentrr thats so sad i never knew about that, and yeah the lyrics fit reallly well with that. i think there is alot of hurt emotions coming through in this song. The start does make it souds a bit like a break up, but i supopse his experience of love would be from his girlfriend so thats where the middle bit explains his emotion. hmmm if that makes sense?!
    Aurora19on September 01, 2005   Link
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    General CommentI really cannot understand why there are not more comments on this song. It is beautiful and heart wrenching (go figure) and one of his best songs.

    This was the song that made me a RA fan. Shame he's only done it live but a few times.
    melancholyjenon November 02, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI think the line
    "And we come to the scene where I'm holding you close"

    is actually:
    "Can we cut to the scene where I'm holding you close?"

    Beautiful song, gets me every time.
    tremulantveilson January 16, 2010   Link

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