The Underground Youth + Laura Carbone Collab on Haunting Cover of Roy Orbison’s ‘Crying’

Above image by André Leo

The 1962 Roy Orbison classic ‘Crying’ opens with a genuinely heartbreaking lyric, one that recalls a moment in life that nearly everyone recognizes: having a chance meeting with someone you are still in love with, but who is no longer in love with you.

“I was alright for awhile
I could smile for awhile
But I saw you last night, you held my hand so tight
As you stopped to say, ‘Hello’
Oh, you wished me well, you couldn’t tell

That I’d been crying over you
Crying over you”

That German songstress Laura Carbone and her fellow Berliners The Underground Youth chose to cover it in 2021 seems fitting, as we are living through such melancholy times, and music so often reflects the universal mood. It’s part of a new four-song EP of all Orbison covers titled In Dreams (also available on 10″ vinyl) which is released today via Future Shock Records. Another highlight is their update of ‘Love Hurts,’ which they premiered in late October. But it’s their version of ‘Crying’ that truly stands apart, raw and piercingly visceral as it is, and layered with haunting atmospherics that give it an almost Lynchian aura.

The accompanying video was filmed at the stunning Zionskirch in Berlin Mitte, and directed by TUY drummer Olya Dyer.

“It’s a near impossible task to summon the emotion needed to sing lyrics as powerful as these,” admits TUY singer Craig Dyer, who duets with Carbone on the track, “to depict it in a video is crossing another bridge entirely. Laura and I avoided eye contact, and opted for minimal movement within this beautiful setting. In doing so Olya’s gentle movement of the camera, our facial expressions and the subtle flickering of the candles that surround us, are all that draw attention away from the beauty and power of the song.”

“These halls are very dear to me,” adds Carbone of the 19th Century church turned cultural venue, “they fill me with energy, lightness and ease and have been giving me so much comfort – especially in times when love hurt”.

The Underground Youth’s Craig Dyer on Two Roy Orbison Classics


There have been few artists throughout history that have been able to summon the emotion and rawness of heartbreak in the power of a vocal performance – Roy Orbison is an absolute master in the art. ‘Crying’ is perhaps one of the most perfect examples you could use to prove this. His voice is an instrument used with the skill of a virtuoso, and it’s in the ease with which this appears to be delivered that lies Roy Orbison’s genius use of his talent.

‘Love Hurts’

Made popular by a vast number of other artists, for me Orbison’s version remains unparalleled. The wonderful orchestration aside, Roy’s vocal brings to the song precisely what so many other artists have failed to: a pain, an honesty and a belief in the truth of what the lyrics are attempting to convey – love can, and does, hurt. 

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