When The Children Cry

Album: Pride (1987)
Charted: 88 3
Play Video

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.

Comments: 1

  • Bean from Columbus Oh This song really touches my soul so deeply. It's so relevant to the state of our world today. It would be the perfect song to put out for the cause for us all to consider how our actions are going to affect our future generations!! It's our responsibility to prepare for their future!!
see more comments

Editor's Picks

Famous Singers' First Films

Famous Singers' First FilmsSong Writing

A look at the good (Diana Ross, Eminem), the bad (Madonna, Bob Dylan) and the peculiar (David Bowie, Michael Jackson) film debuts of superstar singers.

Zac Hanson

Zac HansonSongwriter Interviews

Zac tells the story of Hanson's massive hit "MMMbop," and talks about how brotherly bonds effect their music.

Jeff Trott

Jeff TrottSongwriter Interviews

Sheryl Crow's longtime songwriting partner/guitarist Jeff Trott reveals the stories behind many of the singer's hits, and what its like to be a producer for Leighton Meester and Max Gomez.

Oliver Leiber

Oliver LeiberSongwriter Interviews

Oliver Leiber talks about writing and producing hits for Paula Abdul, and explains his complicated relationship with his father, the songwriter Jerry Leiber.

Loreena McKennitt

Loreena McKennittSongwriter Interviews

The Celtic music maker Loreena McKennitt on finding musical inspiration, the "New Age" label, and working on the movie Tinker Bell.

Ian Anderson: "The delight in making music is that you don't have a formula"

Ian Anderson: "The delight in making music is that you don't have a formula"Songwriter Interviews

Ian talks about his 3 or 4 blatant attempts to write a pop song, and also the ones he most connected with, including "Locomotive Breath."