I was shocked to realize I’d never featured Justin Timberlake’s ‘Cry Me a River’ on the blog. It’s the one song on Timberlake’s solo debut, Justified, that I like.
In fact, it’s the only Justin Timberlake song I like, period. Or at least the only one I know well enough to like. He’s just not my cup of tea, musically (though I enjoy his work on Saturday Night Live and in the movies).
This song, however, is fabulous. Sexy, slinky, angry and superbly produced, it sounds as fresh today as it did a decade ago.
Except for the last few seconds… what’s with that weird loop at the end?
You were my sun, you were my earth
But you didn’t know all the ways I loved you, no
So you took a chance, made other plans
But I bet you didn’t think that they would come crashing down, no
You don’t have to say, what you did
I already know, I found out from him
Now there’s just no chance
With you and me
There’ll never be
Don’t it make you sad about it?
You told me you love me
Why did you leave me all alone
Now you tell me you need me
When you call me on the phone
Girl I refuse
You must have me confused with some other guy
The bridges were burned
Now it’s your turn, to cry
Cry me a river (x4)
You know that they say somethings are better left unsaid
It wasn’t like you only talked to him
And you know it
(Don’t act like you don’t know it)
All of these things people told me
Keep messing with my head
Should’ve picked honesty
Then you may not have thought it
[Bridge & Hook]
The damage is done, so I guess I be leaving
Cry me a river
I agree with you that I enjoy Timberlake more as an actor and on SNL than as a singer. I have mentioned in the past that, generally, a common element in the artists I really love is “edge.” JT has a great voice, but neither his voice nor his music has that edge.