"Cry Little Sister"
Cry Little Sister (front).jpg
Single by Gerard McMahon
from the album The Lost Boys: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
LabelAtlantic Records
  • McMahon
  • Mainieri
Gerard McMahon singles chronology
"True to You"
"Cry Little Sister"

"Cry Little Sister" is a song written by Gerard McMahon (under the pseudonym Gerard McMann) and Michael Mainieri, and performed by McMahon for the soundtrack to the 1987 film The Lost Boys, which peaked at number 15 on the Billboard 200.[1] The original song failed to chart, although it charted in Australia and the United Kingdom in 2003 when the track was remixed.

The track has been covered by several other bands. Aiden recorded a cover for the soundtrack to the 2008 sequel, Lost Boys: The Tribe[2] and appeared again in the closing credits of Lost Boys: The Thirst. In 2010, Seasons After scored a top twenty hit on Billboard's Mainstream Rock Songs with their version of the track,[3] after it was included on their 2010 album Through Tomorrow. Eight years later, Marilyn Manson released their version of the song as a single after it was featured in a promotional trailer for television series Titans.

Composition and style

The song was predominantly composed by McMahon, who said that its refrain was "brewing in my head with the choir as a chorus backing me. That all seemed to come within half an hour. [Producer] Mike Mainieri had this hypnotic beat, we refined it together and my melody and chords melted right into it. Then I wrote the lyrics within an hour or two [and] recorded the demo". Despite appearing on the soundtrack to The Lost Boys, the song's lyrics do not specifically reference vampires, as it was composed before McMahon had seen any footage from the film. After hearing the track, director Joel Schumacher commented: "You nailed my theme song to The Lost Boys! I can't believe you wrote this without seeing a frame of film!". McMahon additionally explained: "I always say that if I'd have seen the film first, I would probably not have written 'Cry Little Sister'. I didn't want the song to be specific to the vampire. I wanted it to be about the longing for family from a rejected youth's perspective, which I went through myself and that many of us have felt."[4]

Remixes and re-releases

The track has been remixed on multiple occasions. It was remixed by The Lost Brothers and issued as a single in 2003 under the title "Cry Little Sister (I Need U Now)", crediting McMahon by the name of his current band, G Tom Mac.[5] The remix peaked at number 21 on the UK Singles Chart,[6] number fourteen in Scotland,[7] and in the top forty of the Australian ARIA Charts.[8] G Tom Mac subsequently released a number of other versions of the song. The "Rebel Angel Remix" was issued on their 2005 EP How to Be Pop, Stupid, Cool, while "Cry Little Sister... Thou Shalt Not (The Mash Up)" was included on the 2007 album Thou Shalt Not Fall. The latter version mashed the original recording with elements of the 2003 remix. A video for "Cry Little Sister (Club Cave Mix)" was produced by DJ Lee and G Tom Mac, and included as a bonus feature on the Lost Boys: The Tribe DVD in 2008. A blues-inspired acoustic rendition was released as a non-album single in 2009, subtitled the "Blood Swamp Version".[9] In 2015, a remix of "Cry Little Sister" was featured on the trailer for the 'Definitive Edition' of the DmC: Devil May Cry video game.[10]

Formats and track listings

  1. "Cry Little Sister (Theme from The Lost Boys)" – 4:44
  2. "I Still Believe" (performed by Tim Cappello) – 3:42
  1. "Cry Little Sister (I Need U Now)" (Edit to Go) – 2:44
  2. "U Don't Know Me" (performed by The Lost Brothers) – 8:10
  3. "Cry Little Sister (I Need U Now)" (Club Mix) – 8:19
  4. "Cry Little Sister (I Need U Now)" (Enhanced Music Video)
  1. "Cry Little Sister (I Need U Now)" (Original Radio Mix) – 3:43
  2. "Cry Little Sister (I Need U Now)" (Steve Murano Remix Edit) – 3:14
  3. "Cry Little Sister (I Need U Now)" (Reeloop & Kaylab Remix Edit) – 3:46
  4. "Cry Little Sister (I Need U Now)" (Original Club Mix) – 8:22
  5. "Cry Little Sister (I Need U Now)" (Steve Murano Remix) – 7:41
  6. "Cry Little Sister (I Need U Now)" (Reeloop & Kaylab Remix) – 7:33
  1. "Cry Little Sister" (Blood Swamp Version) – 4:13


Chart (2003–04) Peak
Australia (ARIA)[8] 32
Scotland (OCC)[7] 14
United Kingdom (OCC)[6] 21

Marilyn Manson cover

"Cry Little Sister"
Marilyn Manson - Cry Little Sister.jpg
Single by Marilyn Manson
ReleasedJune 15, 2018
LabelLoma Vista
  • McMahon
  • Mainieri
Producer(s)Tyler Bates[11]
Marilyn Manson singles chronology
"Cry Little Sister"
"God's Gonna Cut You Down"
Music video
"Cry Little Sister" on YouTube

Marilyn Manson released a cover version of the song on June 15, 2018. It was set to be the first single taken from the soundtrack to Josh Boone's then upcoming film, The New Mutants.[12] The film was originally scheduled for an April 2018 release, but has since been delayed to August 28, 2020. According to Rolling Stone, the eponymous vocalist opted to release the song as originally planned, "rather than keeping [it] under wraps for another year".[13] Despite the delay, Manson's version also appeared in another comic book adaption when it was played in the promo for the DC TV series Titans.[14] The band had been performing the song live for several months during the "Heaven Upside Down Tour".[15] A one-track digital single was issued on June 15.[15] A music video for the song was released on June 28, and was directed by Bill Yukich, but when The New Mutants soundtrack album was finally released “Cry Little Sister” did not appear.[16]


Chart (2018) Peak
UK Download (OCC)[17] 87
US Hot Rock & Alternative Songs (Billboard)[18] 15
US Rock Digital Songs (Billboard)[19] 5

Other cover versions


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