Cry baby, cry baby, cry baby,
Honey, welcome back home.

I know she told you,
Honey I know she told you that she loved you
Much more than I did,
But all I know is that she left you,
And you swear that you just don't know why,
But you know, honey I'll always,
I'll always be around if you ever want me
Come on and cry, cry baby, cry baby, cry baby,
Oh honey, welcome back home.

Don't you know, honey,
Ain't nobody ever gonna love you
The way I try to do ?
Who'll take all your pain,
Honey, your heartache, too ?
And if you need me, you know
That I'll always be around if you ever want me
Come on and cry, cry baby, cry baby, cry baby,
Oh daddy, like you always saying to do.

And when you walk around the world, babe,
You said you'd try to look for the end of the road,
You might find out later that the road'll end in Detroit,
Honey, the road'll even end in Kathmandu.
You can go all around the world
Trying to find something to do with your life, baby,
When you only gotta do one thing well,
You only gotta do one thing well to make it in this world, babe.
You got a woman waiting for you there,
All you ever gotta do is be a good man one time to one woman
And that'll be the end of the road, babe,
I know you got more tears to share, babe,
So come on, come on, come on, come on, come on,
And cry, cry baby, cry baby, cry baby.

And if you ever feel a little lonely, dear,
I want you to come on, come on to your mama now,
And if you ever want a little love of a woman
Come on and baby baby baby babe babe baby now
Cry baby yeah.

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    General Comment

    I think it's about a women who's telling her true love that left her, that if he ever needed someone to love, or ever anything, that she would always be there waiting for him. All he has to do is ask. It's about selfless love. I really love her vocals in this song, very strong and bluesy. I think, personally, she probaly the greatest female singers ever to grace this earth. I know I'm not alone in this thought, it's pretty well shared by alot of people.

    paigepeachon September 10, 2006   Link
  • +3
    General Comment

    Janis sounds amazing in this song, her vocals are untouchable, not many people can sing like she could.

    annieTLSon July 19, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General Comment

    i think that janis sounds the best in this song..especially at the very beginning.

    modernaudreyon August 27, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General Comment

    paigepeach is right. I don't think anyone could've said it any better.

    krviking1991on June 18, 2009   Link
  • +1
    My Opinion

    It means she is waiting for him to come back to her. If you ever need me just cry, cry baby. She will be waiting for him. Listened to this song for over 50 years. Still love it everytime I hear it. One of Janis's best.

    JesusFreak1on June 02, 2023   Link
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    General Comment

    i think it's about a guy, an ex of hers, who left her for someone else. and that someone else left them and janis is kind of like it's alright, i knew and i'm still here for you if you need me. she still loves him.

    blackblackon June 25, 2006   Link
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    General Comment

    I agree most with you paigepeach. =]

    jdeppsfavfan1on March 31, 2007   Link
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    General Comment

    this is a great song.

    lilymariex3on February 14, 2009   Link
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    in my own opinion this song is pretty much about a girl(aka Janis Joplin) who was completely inlove with this guy, who had a previous flame. Well this guy left Janis for his old flame, and Janis is pretty much saying go ahead and let yourself get screwed over, I wanna see you cry like a little baby to me. Which she said he always seems to do, so she knows better than to take him back again, and he's just gonna be outta luck.

    klg2013on January 30, 2010   Link
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    General Comment

    He left her for another woman, that the woman left him. She feels his pain, because she knew what it felt like, she's giving him a shoulder to cry on, comforting him and welcomming him back with open arms.

    Sherorion August 01, 2011   Link

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