♫ Don’t Let The Sun Catch You Crying ♫

A brief search of my archives shows me that the only other song I have played by Gerry and the Pacemakers was Ferry Cross the Mersey … a good one, indeed, but certainly not the only good one this group put out.

Gerry & the Pacemakers were the second group be signed by manager Brian Epstein (after The Beatles). They were part of the Merseybeat sound emanating from Liverpool, England.

In the UK, the group’s first three singles, all released in 1963, went to #1: How Do You Do It?, I Like It and You’ll Never Walk Alone. In the U.S., Don’t Let The Sun Catch You Crying was their first hit. The group had a few more hits in 1964 and 1965, but their fortunes faded as The Beatles emerged.

This song was written by written by Gerry Marsden, Freddie Marsden, Les Chadwick and Les Maguire, the members of Gerry and the Pacemakers.   It was first recorded and issued as a single by Louise Cordet in February 1964. Shortly after Cordet’s version failed to chart, the song was recorded by Gerry and The Pacemakers themselves in April 1964.

This was produced by Beatles producer George Martin, and Gerry & the Pacemakers sang this when they made their US television debut on May 3, 1964 on The Ed Sullivan Show.

This song hit #4 in the U.S., #5 in Canada, and #6 in the UK.

Don’t Let The Sun Catch You Crying
Gerry and the Pacemakers

Don’t let the sun catch you cryin’
The night’s the time for all your tears
Your heart may be broken tonight
But tomorrow in the morning light
Don’t let the sun catch you cryin’

The night-time shadows disappear
And with them go all your tears
For the morning will bring joy
For every girl and boy
So don’t let the sun catch you cryin’

We know that cryin’s not a bad thing
But stop your cryin’ when the birds sing

It may be hard to discover
That you’ve been left for another
But don’t forget that love’s a game
And it can always come again
Oh don’t let the sun catch you cryin’
Don’t let the sun catch you cryin’, oh no Oh, oh, oh

Source: LyricFind
Songwriters: Fred Marsden / Gerry Marsden / Les Chadwick / Patrick Maguire
Don’t Let The Sun Catch You Crying lyrics © Universal Music Publishing Group

15 thoughts on “♫ Don’t Let The Sun Catch You Crying ♫

  1. I would describe this song as pleasantly lackluster, not bad, but forgettable. Lead singer has a nice singing voice, but the lyrics are rather generic. Like a B-side filler.


  2. Hate me if you must, Jill, I really was a G&tP fan all those years ago, and I thought I still was until I hit the play button on this video.
    Keith might be on to something saying Gerry has, or had, a melancholy
    voice is what gives rise to my change of heart. This song has bittersweet lyrics, yes, (that word again, twice in less than a month! I barely use thatbword once in 10 years) but deep down it is a song of hope, and it needs a presence Gerry did not have to convey that passion.
    DO NOT LET THE SUN CATCH YOU CRYING, he urges, but his words have no animation. It sounds like he has already given up, trying to convince himself there is hope when there is none.
    If Sir George Martin really produced this record, he was asleep at the wheel. Either he just wanted to get it done, or he couldn’t find Gerry’s motivation.

    But, this is just my interpretation. I am entitled to one, but only one.

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    • Let me take some of that back. I just listened to a few of his others songs, and while his voice may have been lacking, I can hear some passion that I cannot hear above. I’m willing to forgive and forget “my shortcomings,” but I could not hear what I needed to hear, here.

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  3. Jill, thanks for highlighting this group. This song and “Ferry Cross the Mersey” have a melancholy feel with Gerry’s lead. Almost sad in some respects, it is a wonderful combination of lyrics and music. These performers all new each other given where the started. Peter and Gordon are another duo worth exploring. Thanks, Keith

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    • I think that this one, at least, was intentionally melancholy. Ah yes … Peter & Gordon! I’ve played a few of theirs … “I Go To Pieces”, “Woman”, and “World Without Love”, but it’s been a while … time for another, yes?


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