Don't Cry is a heartfelt ballad that explores the complexities of relationships and love. The song is one of Guns N' Roses' most iconic pieces, and it continues to resonate with music enthusiasts today. Its universal themes and emotional depth make it a timeless classic that has cemented the band's legacy as one of the most influential rock bands in history.
Guns N' Roses released the song in 1991, and it was penned by Axl Rose and Izzy Stradlin. Its lyrics explore the lingering feelings of love and loss, and the struggle to let go. The song has been interpreted as an emotional catharsis, a tribute to the enduring power of love and a promise of a better future.
The song's music video was directed by Mark Racco and Andy Morahan. It features a scene in which Axl Rose appears to be trying to commit suicide, but is stopped by his girlfriend. According to Rose, the scene was based on a real-life experience in which he was on the edge of taking his own life.
The song was also included in the Use Your Illusion albums, but with different lyrics. The album also featured a third version that was recorded during the Appetite for Destruction early sessions. The three versions were all released on the same day (17 September 1991). Although there are slight differences in the lyrics, the two songs share the same melody and rhythm. They form a trilogy with Estranged and November Rain, which were inspired by the short story “Without You” by Del James.