011 – Cry Baby Cry – Vaughn Trapp

Original version recorded – July 16 1968
Ukulele version recorded – Feb 09

Written by John Lennon
Credited to Lennon/McCartney

Vaughn Trapp – Guitar, Piano, Vocal
Mike Leslie: Ukulele
David Barratt – Everything else

Produced by David Barratt
Recorded in Long Beach CA and at The Abbatoir of Good Taste, Brooklyn

Written by John Lennon

Credited to Lennon & McCartney




Cry Baby Cry is a John Lennon song from the White Album. It immediately precedes Revolution No. 9 (check the ukulele version of that!!) which fades out to the Ringo sung narcotic children’s ballad Good Night. 


Demos of the song indicate that Lennon wrote the song in late 1967. The original lyrics were "Cry baby cry, make your mother buy." Lennon described to biographer Hunter Davies how he got the words from an advertisement.

George Martin plays a harmonium on this track (introduced after the first statement of "make your mother sigh"), the same one that had been played by Lennon on "We Can Work It Out" and by Martin on "The Word".

This was the song the Beatles were working on when engineer Geoff Emerick quit, though his departure was precipitated by Lennon and McCartney’s obsessions over the recordings of "Revolution" and "Ob-La-Di Ob-La-Da", respectively, and the overall tensions of the White Album sessions. Emerick would not work with the Beatles again until the session for The Ballad of John and Yoko nine months later.


The ukulele version, by Vaugnn Trapp, sounds nothing like Julie Andrews. We keep the same funereal tempo and try to make the track even scarier and disjointed. If possible we’d like to get tim Burton to do the video. 






Sometimes there’s nothing wrong with being stuck in the past. Vaughn Trapp is a solo artist based out of Long Beach, California, with an undying love for the sound of The Beatles, The Zombies, and various other staples of British Invasion during the 1960s. The modern touch that Vaughn Trapp adds is a lyrical political mindset, with one of the aspects being the title of his debut solo album, Amerika. (2005)


There is a clear lineage to The Beatles in particular — both middle year Lennon McCartney tunes and latter day George Harrison arrangements are a major influence on many of the cuts here. These beautifully written and arranged songs stand on their own, apart from their lineage and influences. It’s high praise indeed to say that some of these songs could have been penned by The Beatles themselves in some alternative universe.

For those who think that Vaughn’s vocals sound somewhat familiar, you may have known him as the frontman for the alternative trio Suncatcher (pka Doug Hammond), who found local Californian success in the mid-1990s. They released two albums to critical success but found little commercial revenue and disbanded sometime after 1998. Currently, Vaughn is a contributing artist at MusicSupervisor.com.




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