Cry is the 13th song featured on MJ's tenth and final studio album Invincible. The song was written by R&B singer-songwriter R. Kelly and was produced by Jackson and Kelly. It was released in December 2001 under Epic Records as the second single from Invincible. The song is 5 minutes and 1 second long.
Somebody shakes when the wind blows
Somebody's missing a friend, hold on
Somebody's lacking a hero
And they have not a clue
When it's all going to end
Stories buried and untold
Someone is hiding the truth, hold on
When will this mystery unfold
And will the sun ever shine
In the blind man's eyes when he cries?
You can change the world (I can't do it by myself)
You can touch the sky (going to take somebody's help)
You're the chosen one (I'm going to need some kind of sign)
If we all cry at the same time tonight
People laugh when they're feeling sad
Someone is taking a life, hold on
Respect to believe in your dreams
Tell me where were you
When your children cried last night?
Faces fill with madness
Miracles unheard of, hold on
Faith is found in the winds
All we have to do
Is reach for the truth
And when that flag blows
There'll be no more wars
And when all calls
I will answer all your prayers
Change the world
- The themes of "Cry" are world issues such as isolation, war, and brotherhood. It also suggests if everyone pulls together as one, then they make a change to the world, with Jackson singing, "You can change the world/I can't do it by myself".
- "Cry" was promoted by a music video, or "short film," as Jackson would refer to it. The video was directed by Nicholas Brandt, who had previously directed "Earth Song" (1995), "Childhood" (1995) and "Stranger in Moscow" (1996).
- Jackson did not make an appearance in the video.