When The Children Cry

Album: Pride (1987)
Charted: 88 3

Songfacts®:

  • Running to 4 minutes 18 seconds and co-written by vocalist Mike Tramp and guitarist Vito Bratta, "When The Children Cry" is the tenth and final track on the 1987 Pride album.

    In a March 1988 interview with Gary Blockus of The Morning Call, asked about the sentiment behind this and other antiwar songs, Tramp shouted in reply, "Without a doubt! You've gotta be f--king blind not to see what's going on today. All you have to do is turn on the 5 o'clock news. It's just problem after problem".
  • "When The Children Cry" was also released as a single in both 7 inch vinyl and CD formats on the Atlantic label backed by "Lady Of The Valley".

    Although this was the band's biggest hit, it didn't sell well in the UK but was re-released prior to the 2003 Gulf War. >>
    Suggestion credit:
    Alexander Baron - London, England, for above 2
  • This was the biggest American hit for White Lion, a Brooklyn-based band that fit every criteria for the emerging "Hair Metal" genre when they released their first album, Fight to Survive, in 1984. Akin to Bon Jovi and Skid Row, many of their songs took on social issues and were softer ballads. "When The Children Cry" and "Wait" were huge radio hits, but didn't fill arenas the way Motley Crue could with their swaggering stadium rockers. "Singing about big cocks is alright if you write it in one song, but it's always the same thing," their lead singer Mike Tramp once said.

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