Song Review: Warrant – “Sometimes She Cries”

“Sometimes She Cries” was released as the fourth single from Warrant’s 1989 album, Dirty Rotten Filthy Stinking Rich. The single was released late in 1989, and peaked at number 20 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.

I was 14 years old and in the ninth grade when this song was released as a single. I had a fondness for “power ballads” back then, so it’s really not surprising that I gravitated to this song. “Sometimes She Cries” tells a story about a young woman named Mercy who’s having a hard time with love and how it’s affecting her. Jani Lane’s vocal performance, combined with the musical arrangement, add a lot of power to the lyrics of the song. “Sometimes She Cries” is a fantastic power ballad, and I think the song still holds up well almost 25 years later.

The music video for “Sometimes She Cries” intercuts footage of the band performing with Mercy’s story. At the beginning of the video, Mercy’s boyfriend leaves her and their young child behind. In the video, we see how Mercy is trying to cope with his absence. Near the end, it appears some time has passed, because the small infant we see Mercy holding at the beginning of the video is now a toddler. The boyfriend starts contacting her again, and in the end, the couple reconciles. While the video may not be anything spectacular visually, I still like how the director was able to convey Mercy’s story over the roughly four-minute length of the music video.

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