"Pretty When You Cry" as written by and Stephen Paul David/hook Morris....
You're made of my rib or baby
You're made of my sin
And I can't tell where
Your lust ends
And where your love begins

I didn't want to hurt you baby
I didn't want to hurt you
I didn't want to hurt you
But you're pretty when you cry

And the moon gives me
Permission and I enter
Through her eyes
She's losing her virginity and
All her will to compromise

I didn't want to hurt you baby
I didn't want to hurt you
I didn't want to hurt you
But you're pretty when you cry

I didn't want to fuck you baby
I didn't want to fuck you
I didn't want to fuck you
But you're pretty
When you're mine

I didn't really love you baby
I didn't really love you
I didn't really love you
But I'm pretty when I lie

You hurt me baby
I hurt you baby

If you knew how much I love you
You would run away
But when I treat you bad
It always makes you want to stay

I didn't want to hurt you baby
I didn't want to hurt you baby
I didn't want to hurt you baby
I didn't want to hurt you baby


Lyrics submitted by nonemoreblack

"Pretty When You Cry" as written by Gillian Lesley Gilbert Bernard (gb 2) Sumner

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  • +3
    General Commenti personally thought it was about the dangerous obsessive nature of relationships..the whole love/hate angle...but then, vasts songs are, i think, deliberately ambigious....
    nonemoreblackon May 04, 2002   Link
  • +3
    General CommentI read an interview with Jon Crosby ( Original member/founder of VAST.. vocals and damn near everything else :) ) and he went into great detail about this song. It was written about a disaterous relationship he had previously. The woman had (i don't remember details) some form of mental issues and so the relationship was very unstable
    , going from intense bouts of passion to equally intense fits of violence. They were together a while before it finally ended, and a fair bit of damge was done to both sides... needless to say it wasn't a very good time in his life. The lyrics really show the spiteful, hateful things people do to each other when things go bad, eg. 'I didn't want to hurt you but you're pretty when you cry ' etc. You get the idea.
    Hope you find this helpful.
    Psyonideon July 28, 2002   Link
  • +2
    General CommentIf you knew how much I loved you
    You would run away
    But when I treat you bad
    It always makes you want to stay

    story of my life
    artsluton June 19, 2009   Link
  • +2
    General CommentDark, sensual song about an obsessive sado-masochistic relationship that the partners know is destructive but they cannot help being willing participants anyway. Sounds like the girl plays coy at first and ends up wanting it rough and the guy is struggling to appear to be the one in charge but deep down he knows she is. Amazing musical flow to this song- like a forbidden journey.
    Kelly20on December 02, 2009   Link
  • +2
    General Commentprettywhenyoucry00- no one "really" wants to know exactly what the song is about. That takes away the magic of poetry- please let him express himself on his own- he doesn't need you clearing things up for him like a school marm. It is very egotistical and taboid-y for you to come here and blab. There is a reason songs are ambiguous. Also, your take on the situation may be somewhat different than his. I am sure all of my ex boyfriends would have a different take than I regarding our relationship and subsequent break ups. He is very talented, let his music speak for itself without your obsessive need to "clarify". Let his fans interpret his lyrics in their own way- that is the point of poetry. If all artists wanted their work to be precisely traced and explained then the arts would be very boring.
    Kelly20on December 02, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis is a great song, one of my favorites. If you pay close enough attention to the lyrics you see that the one singing does in fact love the person he's singing about. He says that he doesn't love her and he lies. He treats her badly and says those things because that's what she wants from him. If he let her know how much he really loved and cared for her she would leave. It's a twisted relationship. All of this is apparent in the following lines:

    "If you knew how much I loved you, you would run away
    But when I treat you bad it always makes you want to stay."
    Oublietteon March 23, 2003   Link
  • +1
    General Commenti adore this song. it's violent and romantic at the same time. my favourite vast song. it's obsessive. :P
    meg;on May 25, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General CommentShadowOfThePast, your interpretation is great, wonderfully worded.
    In the background vocals that are scattered throughout the song (they start at about the 2:23 mark)..
    i think it's "how could you do this to me now" - but if anyone thinks differently please feel free to correct.
    --i just thought i'd add that in there, for anyone who was wondering.
    meg;on July 28, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General CommentAs many people have said, 'Pretty when You Cry' is about a mutually abusive, co-dependent relationship... This song appears to depict a man who expresses his love by making his lover suffer, and a woman who needs to suffer to feel loved... In a sick sort of way, this is a perfect relationship...

    On a side note, Jon Crosby actually released a version of this album with a commentary track... During this song, he explains that he finds it interesting how so many people feel the need to hurt the one they love just to affirm that that person loves them. I don't know about anyone else, but I found this observation to be PAINFULLY accurate...
    furi kurisuon July 30, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General CommentAm I the only one who loves the first sentence: "You're made of my rib, oh baby"?

    I don't love it because it's a bible reference, and yet I do, because it's a very dirty song...

    And I like bible references in dirty songs... xD

    Also the you're made of my sin thing, I'm thinking may have something to do with the Lilith/Eve thing.

    But what do I know?
    uflakson January 16, 2009   Link

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