"Don't Cry for Me Argentina" is a song from the 1978 musical "Evita" with music by Andrew Lloyd Webber and lyrics by Tim Rice. The musical concentrates on the life of Argentine political leader Eva Perón, the second wife of Argentine president Juan Perón. Sung by the title character Eva Perón, the song was titled "It's Only Your Lover Returning" before Rice settled on the eventual name. It appears early in the Act II as Evita addresses the crowd from the balcony of the Casa Rosada and features a sweeping melody tied to broad emotional themes of regret and defiance. She speaks to her adoring supporters, revealing that despite her initial goal of achieving fame and glory, she has found her true calling to be the people of her country. "Don't Cry for Me Argentina" appeared also near the end of the show, as the spirit of the dead Eva Perón exhorts the people of Argentina not to mourn her. Tim Rice points out that in this instance "cry" refers to shouting or calling out rather than weeping.
As a child stamp collector, Tim Rice had been fascinated by Eva Perón's image on the Argentine stamps, but was unaware of her significance in Argentina's history. He began research and the more Rice investigated Eva Perón, going so far as to travel to Buenos Aires to research her life with many documents and contacts, the more fascinated he became by the woman; he even named his first daughter after her.
It was not until 1996 that "Evita" came to the big screen. Alan Parker directed the film, with Madonna in the title role, Antonio Banderas as Che and Jonathan Pryce as Perón. The film was nominated for five Academy Awards.
Madonna's interpretation, not only in this song but in the whole musical, is wonderful and exciting...
*Correction in 2nd Image (title): "Don't *Cry* for Me Argentina"
"Don't Cry For Me Argentina"
It won't be easy, you'll think it strange
When I try to explain how I feel
That I still need your love after all that I've done
You won't believe me
All you will see is a girl you once knew
Although she's dressed up to the nines
At sixes and sevens with you
I had to let it happen, I had to change
Couldn't stay all my life down at heel
Looking out of the window, staying out of the sun
So I chose freedom
Running around, trying everything new
But nothing impressed me at all
I never expected it to
Don't cry for me Argentina
The truth is I never left you
All through my wild days
My mad existence
I kept my promise
Don't keep your distance
And as for fortune, and as for fame
I never invited them in
Though it seemed to the world they were all I desired
They are illusions
They are not the solutions they promised to be
The answer was here all the time
I love you and hope you love me
Don't cry for me Argentina
Have I said too much?
There's nothing more I can think of to say to you.
But all you have to do is look at me to know
That every word is true...
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