"Cry Me a River" is a popular American torch song, written by Arthur Hamilton, first published in 1953 and made famous in 1955 with the version by Julie London.
A jazzy blues ballad, "Cry Me a River" was originally written for Ella Fitzgerald to sing in the 1920s-set film, Pete Kelly's Blues (released 1955), but the song was dropped. Columbia Records A&R chief Mitch Miller objected to the word "plebeian" in the lyric [for being too sophisticated for a black person]. Fitzgerald first released a recording of the song on Clap Hands, Here Comes Charlie! in 1961.