Crying in the Night

She was that kind of lady
Times were hard
But she could come curling ’round you
Like fingers

But she’ll leave you
Crying in the night
She will leave you
Crying in the night
She’s going to leave you
Crying in the night
She’s back in town
And she’s looking around

Say you needed someone to depend on
You’re all alone
She’s the only one
Who can come take you far away
Take your breath away

But she’ll leave you
Crying in the night
She will leave you
Crying in the night
She’s going to leave you
Crying in the night
She’s back in town
And she’s looking around

Come on baby
She’s the wrong kind a’ girl
She’s a come-on lady
She’s a tarnished pearl
She’ll take your money
She’ll wreck your world
Wreck your world
She’s a come-on baby
Come-on girl
A come-on girl
Come on… girl
She’s back

And she’s looking around
And she’s looking around
And she’s looking around

(Stevie Nicks) © 1973 Buckingham Nicks Music

About the Song

Buckingham Nicks Crying in the Night single 1973
“Crying in the Night” vinyl single cover

“Crying in the Night” was inspired by a TV movie character, played by actress Lesley Ann Warren.

“‘Crying in the Night”s about an actress; her name is Lesley Ann Warren and she did some movie that was very a-la-Gunsmoke Kitty, you know that type of thing, and I wrote this song about her. And many years later when I did the video for ‘Stand Back,’ and Jeffrey Hornaday choreographed it, they were going together and he in fact introduced me to her and I told her about it, that this song had been written about her. So this was a song that was really written about a certain person, and if you know that she is and whenever you hear ‘Crying in the Night’ will know that that’s what I wrote it about. And she thought it was pretty neat, and I thought it was pretty neat. I thought it was pretty neat to get to tell her that I wrote it about her.”

Although Stevie has never said what the movie was called, her description appears to match the character of “Mae” in the ABC TV movie The Daughters of Joshua Cabe (1972), in which Lesley Ann Warren played a “come-on girl,” or a prostitute (see video below).


“Crying the Night” (backed with “Stephanie”) was the lead single from Buckingham Nicks. Although remixed for radio play, the single failed to chart.


Rockline (1989). Special guest Stevie Nicks.

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