|Single by Van Halen|
|from the album Van Halen|
|Length||3 min 34 sec|
|Van Halen singles chronology|
"Jamie's Cryin" is a 1978 song by Van Halen from their debut album, Van Halen. The song was written and recorded live during the three week sessions for the album. The song discusses a woman who meets a man that only wants a one-night stand. She turns him down, but is sad for what might have been. Drummer Alex Van Halen identifies this song as his least favorite Van Halen song.
For recording of the song vocalist David Lee Roth wanted to go for a cleaner "poppier" sound and quit smoking and drinking for a week before the final version was to be recorded. The band noticed the difference on Roth's vocals on what was to be the album version and Ted Templeman ordered him outside to smoke a cigarette. He smoked one, and slammed half a bottle of whiskey. Roth returned about half an hour later and recorded the track with more huskiness to his voice in 45 minutes.