Cried the Whole Night Long

The song ‘Tore Up Over You’ was written by Hank Ballard and was first released by The Midnighters in 1956.  Hank Ballard was born John Henry Kendricks and he was an American R&B singer and songwriter, the lead vocalist of The Midnighters and one of the first rock and roll artists to emerge in the early 1950s.  Ballard is best remembered for songs that were frequently as scandalous as they were inventive, most notably the salacious like ‘Work with Me Annie’.  He also wrote ‘The Twist’, which sparked a dance craze in the United States.  He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1990.

‘Tore Up Over You’ was performed over 230 times by the Legion of Mary and the Jerry Garcia Band between 1975 and 1995.  This song was on Jerry Garcia’s third solo album Reflections, which was released in 1976.  The band members to play along with Garcia on the album cut of this song were Nicky Hopkins on piano, Larry Knechtel on Fender Rhodes, John Kahn on bass, Ron Tutt on drums and Donna Jean Godchaux sang background vocals.  Partway through the production of the album Reflections, Garcia stopped recording with his solo band and brought in the members of the Grateful Dead to be on five songs, so it ended up being half of the Jerry Garcia Band and half of the Grateful Dead.

This is a song of lost love, where the girl left and the guy is torn up over that and he ends up crying the whole night long.  He complains that she didn’t love him like she said she would, because if she did, she never would have left him and went with somebody else.  He world like her to tell him what he can do to make her come back and stay with him, because without her, he can’t seem to find his way.

Ever since you been gone

I just cried the whole night long
Since the day you said goodbye

Left me sore, no lie, no lie

Tore up over you, and I just can’t find my way.
Tore up! Yeah, yeah, yeah, tore up.
Whoa-oh-oh tore up! Yeah, yeah, yeah, tore up.
Tore up over you, and I just can’t find my way.

Never loved me like ya told me so if you did how could you go?
It was you, not me, that left and went away with someone else

Tore up over you, and I just can’t find my way.
Tore up! Yeah, yeah, yeah, tore up.
Whoa-oh-oh tore up! Yeah, yeah, yeah, tore up.
Tore up over you, and I just can’t find my way.

Tell me what can I do to make you come back and stay?

Tore up over you, and I just can’t find my way.
Tore up! Yeah, yeah, yeah, tore up.
Whoa-oh-oh tore up! Yeah, yeah, yeah, tore up.
Tore up over you, and I just can’t find my way.

Written for MM Music Challenge #182 Bloody Well Right.

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