I Never Cry

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"I Never Cry"
Alice Cooper - I Never Cry Vinyl.jpg
Single cover
Single by Alice Cooper
from the album Alice Cooper Goes to Hell
B-side "Go to Hell"
Released July 1976
Genre Soft rock [1]
Length3:44
Label Warner Bros.
Songwriter(s) Alice Cooper, Dick Wagner
Producer(s) Bob Ezrin
Alice Cooper singles chronology
"Welcome to My Nightmare"
(1975)
"I Never Cry"
(1976)
"You and Me"
(1977)

"I Never Cry" is a song by American singer Alice Cooper. It was originally released on his Alice Cooper Goes to Hell album in 1976. The song was written by Cooper and Dick Wagner.

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Background

On an episode of his radio show broadcast on November 23, 2009 Cooper stated that "I Never Cry" was his biggest selling single; it was one of only two gold records Cooper earned in the US, the other being for his 1989 comeback hit "Poison". "I Never Cry" was written about Cooper's experience with alcoholism, which one year later sent the performer into rehab. He called the song "an alcoholic confession".

As with most of Cooper's softer ballads, it fared poorly in recurrent rotation; it was too soft for the classic rock format, while classic hits stations have largely ignored it. [2]

"I Never Cry" was performed live by Cooper, though not consistently, during all tours up to his break in touring due to his addiction to crack cocaine and eventual relapse into alcoholism following 1981’s Special Forces tour. [3] When Cooper returned to touring after Constrictor , "I Never Cry" was never again performed until the 2002 ‘Descent into Dragontown’ tour, following which the song became was a regular part of setlists on the 2005–06 ‘Dirty Diamonds’ and 2009–10 ‘Theatre of Death’ tours. [3]

Chart performance

Cover versions

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