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"Boys Don't Cry" was the second single to be released by the Cure, released in June 1979. It was released in the UK as a stand-alone single, and was included as the title track on Boys Don't Cry, the American equivalent to Three Imaginary Boys.



  • 1 History
  • 2 Music video
  • 3 Track listings
    • 3.1 1979 release
    • 3.2 1986 re-release
  • 4 Personnel
  • 5 In popular culture
  • 6 Chart positions
    • 6.1 "Boys Don't Cry (New Voice · New Mix)"
  • 7 References
  • 8 External links


Written by Michael Dempsey, Robert Smith, and Lol Tolhurst, the lyrics tells the story of a man who has given up trying to regain the love that he has lost, and tries to disguise his true emotional state by "laughing, hiding the tears in [his] eyes, 'cause boys don't cry".

In April 1986 it was re-released under the title "New Voice · New Mix", in which the original track was remixed and the vocals re-recorded. The new version has not appeared on any subsequent release by the Cure, but can be heard in the music video for "Boys Don't Cry". It was released to promote Standing on a Beach; however, the original version of the song appears on the album.

Music video[edit][]

The video, released in 1986 to promote the "New Voice New Mix" re-recording, features three children miming the song. Behind a curtain, Smith, Tolhurst, and Dempsey (in his only appearance with the band since his 1979 departure), appear as the children's shadows.

Track listings[edit][]

1979 release[edit][]

7" single

  1. "Boys Don't Cry" – 2:34
  2. "Plastic Passion" – 2:15

1986 re-release[edit][]

7" single (Polydor - 883 937-7 - FR)

  1. "Boys Don't Cry (New Voice · New Mix)" – 2:38
  2. "Pill Box Tales" – 2:54

12" single

  1. "Boys Don't Cry (New Voice · Club Mix)" – 5:31
  2. "Pill Box Tales" – 2:56
  3. "Do the Hansa" – 2:40


  • Michael Dempsey – bass guitar
  • Robert Smith – vocals, electric guitar
  • Lol Tolhurst – drums, percussion

In popular culture[edit][]

The song has appeared in various films:

  • 1998 – The Wedding Singer
  • 1999 – A cover version, performed by Nathan Larson, was used as the title song of the film Boys Don't Cry.
  • 2006 – Starter for Ten.
  • 2006 – French film I Do, played during Luis's Cure phase.
  • 2008 – Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist as Nick's cellphone ringtone (the band is referenced later in the film as one of Nick's favorite bands).
  • 2011 – A cover version, performed by Grant-Lee Phillips, used in the soundtrack of the film Friends with Benefits.
  • 2012 – Me and You by Italian film director Bernardo Bertolucci.

Chart positions[edit][]

Chart (1979) Peak


Australian ARIA Singles Chart 99

"Boys Don't Cry (New Voice · New Mix)"[edit][]

Chart (1986) Peak


German Singles Chart 19
UK Singles Chart[1] 22
Australian ARIA Singles Chart 26
French Singles Chart 28
Dutch Top 40 Singles Chart 37
Spain (AFYVE)[2] 31