Don't Cry

from Nothing to Say by Elijah Jalil

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Elijah Jalil is a singer-songwriter based in Missoula, Montana. Originally from the Bay Area (CA), Elijah made his way towards the mountains after studying theater in Portland, OR to work on his Masters of Fine Arts in Acting at the University of Montana. He is a dedicated social justice artist focused on changing the world by creating and collaborating on all forms of art.

Largely inspired by Hip-Hop, R&B, Soul, and other Pop genres, Elijah started his journey with a guitar and his voice. After playing at multiple open mics around Missoula, the consistently magical collaboration with Britt Arnesen helped this debut album, Nothing to Say, come to life.

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8. DON’T CRY
Words and music by Elijah Jalil


My oldest memory was when I was a young boy
Going into show and tell with a new toy
It was a fire truck
I got it from my uncle

It's kindergarten, I'm excited and my truck is red
Ended up in the front of class and then I said
This is my fire truck
I got it from my uncle

This is the last thing he gave me before he died
And before I could go on I cried and cried

Like ohhhh
Ohhhhhh

Don't cry... that's not what men do
Don't cry... I'm tryna tell you
I'm alright... I'm tryna tell you
I'm alright


Don't cry... that's not what men do
Don't cry... I'm tryna tell you
I'm alright... I'm tryna tell you
I'm alright


Don't cry... that's not what men do
Don't cry... I'm tryna tell you
I'm alright... I'm tryna tell you
I'm alright

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from Nothing to Say, released September 18, 2020
Elijah Jalil - songwriter, vocals, world-changing inspiration
www.instagram.com/the_elijahjalil

Britt Arnesen - acoustic guitars, piano, upright bass, mandola, backup vocals, musical director, producer, recording engineer www.instagram.com/britt_arnesen

Elli C - duet vocalist on "Fuckitup"

Hudson James - duet vocalist and co-writer for "Wait and See"

Ron Meissner - electric guitar, electric bass, percussion

Rosie Cerquone - vibraphone on "Much Love" and "Downpour"

Barb Collins - violin on "Sunrise"

Spencer Hoveskeland - cellos on "Much Love" and "Nothing to Say", string bass on "Downpour"

Brian Hazard (Resonance Mastering) - mixing/mastering engineer

Recorded at Free Cycles Missoula in spring/summer 2020.

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Britt Arnesen Missoula, montana

Britt K. Arnesen is a Montana folksinger, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and record producer. Her latest projects are Nothing to Say by Elijah Jalil and a solo gospel-inspired album, Move in Closer. Britt is originally from Juneau, Alaska.

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