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The Lost Boys Soundtrack

Updated on November 26, 2015

Cry Little Sister, Come Free Your Brothers

Released in July 1987, the soundtrack to The Lost Boys has become one of the most popular motion picture soundtracks in history. Featuring INXS & Jimmy Barnes, Echo and the Bunnymen, Lou Gramm, Gerard McMann, and more, it includes the hit song Cry Little Sister (Theme From The Lost Boys).

Track Listing

  1. Good Times by INXS and Jimmy Barnes
  2. Lost in the Shadows (The Lost Boys) by Lou Gramm
  3. Don't Let the Sun Go Down on Me by Roger Daltrey
  4. Laying Down the Law by INXS and Jimmy Barnes
  5. People are Strange by Echo & The Bunnymen
  6. Cry Little Sister (Theme from The Lost Boys) by Gerard McMann
  7. Power Play by Eddie & the Tide
  8. I Still Believe by Tim Cappello
  9. Beauty Has Her Way by Mummy Calls
  10. To the Shock of Miss Louise by Thomas Newman

The soundtrack clocks in at 41:14 and was released July 31st, 1987 by Atlantic Records. Originally available on LP vinyl and cassette, October 25, 1990 saw the soundtrack released on CD. It has remained in print since its release, becoming one of the most popular soundtracks in motion picture history.

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Good Times

Performed by INXS & Jimmy Barnes

Everybody shake

Everybody groove

Everybody shake

Mary, Mary, you’re on my mind

The folks are gone and the place’ll be mine

Mary, Mary, wanna be with you

And this is what I’m gonna do

I’m gonna put a call to you

‘Cause I feel good tonight

And everything’s gonna be right, right, right

I’m gonna have a good time tonight

Rock and roll music gonna play all night

Come on, baby, it won’t take long

Only take a minute just to sing my song

Boney Moroney’s gonna be with him

I said, Long Tall Sally’s gonna be with Slim

And Short Fat Fanny’s gonna, she’s gonna be there too

And this is what I’m gonna do

Well, I’ve got to put a call to you

‘Cause I feel good tonight

And everything’s gonna be right, right, right

I’m gonna have a good time tonight

Rock and roll music gonna play all night

Come on, baby, it won’t take long

Only take a minute just to sing my song

Boney Moroney’s gonna be with Jimmy

Long Tall Sally’s gonna be with him

And Short Fat Fanny’s gonna be there too

And this is what I’m gonna do

I’ve got to put the call to you

‘Cause I feel good tonight

And everything’s gonna be right, right, right

I’m gonna have a good time tonight

Rock and roll music gonna play all night

Come on, baby, it won’t take long

Only take a minute just to sing my song

Song Trivia

In The Film: Good Times is heard when Michael visits the Boardwalk for the second time, purchasing a leather jacket and looking at the ear piercing booth. Star appears, offering to pierce his ear for him. It is heard a second time when the Lost Boy Dwayne is killed in the "Death By Stereo" scene.

Lost In The Shadows (The Lost Boys)

Performed by Lou Gramm

Say hello to the night
Lost in the shadows
Say hello to the night
Lost in the loneliness
Say hello to the night
Lost in the shadows
No one knows

I can’t wait, I can’t wait, no
When I see little lights in the shadows
One must hide when the sun gets higher
I don’t know what this madness means
Here comes the night
The bedroom in shadows
Candle lights
I don’t know where it’s coming from
But I, I keep moving on
Till the darkest thought makes me want to try these wings

[chorus repeat]

Loneliness pours over you
Emptiness can pull you through
Did you go to sleep with the light on?
I can’t wait for this feeling to free me, yeah
Wind blows hard but it doesn’t matter
‘Cause when the sun goes down
Nothing else matters
The line is where the night lies
I will wait outside her window tonight

[chorus repeat]

Say hello to the night (Lost Boys)
Lost in the shadows
Say hello to the night
Lost in the loneliness
Say hello to the night
Lost in the shadows
No one knows (The Lost Boys)

Huh huh huh huh huh huh huh Lost Boys
Huh huh huh huh huh huh huh Lost Boys

Loneliness pours over you
Emptiness can pull you through
Did you go to sleep with the light on?
I can’t wait for this feeling to free me

Say hello to the night (Lost Boys)
Lost in the shadows
Say hello to the night (Lost Boys)
Lost in the loneliness
Say hello to the night (Lost Boys)
Lost in the shadows
Say hello to the night (Lost Boys)
Lost in the loneliness

Lost Boys x6

Song Trivia

Lost In The Shadows (The Lost Boys) was the only song from the soundtrack to be made into a music video. The video featured clips from the movie, as well as scenes that were deleted from the final cut. It was also included on the Special Edition Two-Disc DVD release of the film.

In The Film: Lost In The Shadows (The Lost Boys) is heard when Michael meets the Lost Boys for the first time. Challenged to "keep up", the song is played while the Lost Boys and Michael race along the beach to their cave lair.

Lost In The Shadows (The Lost Boys) - Music Video

Don't Let The Sun Go Down On Me

Performed by Roger Daltrey

I can’t light no more of your darkness

All my pictures seem to fade to black and white

I’m growing tired and time stands still before me

Frozen here on the ladder of my life

Too late to stop myself from falling

I took a chance and changed your way of life

But you misread my meaning when I met you

Closed the door and left me blinded by the light

Don’t let the sun go down on me

Although I search myself, it’s always someone else I see

I’d just allow a fragment of your life to wander free

But losing everything is like the sun going down on me

I can’t find the right romantic line

But see me once and see the way I feel

Don’t discard me just because you think I mean you harm

But these cuts I have they need love to help them heal

Don’t let the sun go down on me

Although I search myself, it’s always someone else I see

I’d just allow a fragment of your life to wander free

But losing everything is like the sun going down on me

Song Trivia

Originally recorded by Elton John in 1974, it is a popular song and has been covered many times. It has also been performed by many American Idol contestants.

In The Film: Don't Let The Sun Go Down On Me plays in its entirety during the film's credits. It is the only song not used in during the movie.

Laying Down The Law

Performed by INXS & Jimmy Barnes

I’m laying down the law

Showdown in the northland

Just the whiff of corruption

Is the tip of the iceberg

Savor and sweet liberty

And there’s trouble from the south

Shouting from the gallery

Now I find I’ve got to shut it out

I’m searching for a light

To kill my sense of fear

To break through darkened nights

And take me through the years

There’s no need to tell you

What I think has gone wrong

There’s grey clouds of dissension

Let it show, let it show a silver lining

Sweet blood on the razor

Is it poetry or politics?

Forget about the nightmare

I’ll make it a dream that changes everything

I’m searching for a light

To kill my sense of fear

To break through darkened nights

And take me through the years

Sweet blood on the razor

Is it poetry or politics?

Forget about the nightmare

I’ll make it a dream that changes everything

I’m searching for a light

To kill my sense of fear

To break through darkened nights

And take me through the years

Song Trivia

In The Film: Laying Down The Law is heard in the film with Sam enters the Boardwalk comic shop and meets the Frog Brothers for the first time.

People Are Strange

Performed by Echo and the Bunnymen

People are strange when you’re a stranger

Faces look ugly when you’re alone

Women seem wicked when you’re unwanted

Streets are uneven when you’re down

When you’re strange

Faces come out of the rain

When you’re strange

No one remembers your name

People are strange when you’re a stranger

Faces look ugly when you’re alone

Women seem wicked when you’re unwanted

Streets are uneven when you’re down

When you’re strange

Faces come out of the rain

When you’re strange

No one remembers your name

People are strange when you’re a stranger

Faces look ugly when you’re alone

Women seem wicked when you’re unwanted

Streets are uneven when you’re down

When you’re strange

Faces come out of the rain

When you’re strange

No one remembers your name

About Echo and the Bunnymen

Echo & the Bunnymen are an English post-punk group, formed in Liverpool in 1978. Their original lineup consisted of Ian McCulloch, guitarist Will Sergeant and bass player Les Pattinson, supplemented by a drum machine assumed by many to be “Echo”, though the band denies this. In the 1982 book Liverpool Explodes!, Will Sergeant explains in an interview:

“We had this mate [Smelly Elly] who kept suggesting all these names like The Daz Men or Glisserol and the Fan Extractors. Echo and the Bunnymen was one of them. I thought it was just as stupid as the rest.”

The band’s early cult status quickly turned into mainstream success in the mid-1980s, as they scored a UK Top 10 hit with “The Cutter”, and their Porcupine (1983) album reached #2 (see 1983 in music). The next album, Ocean Rain (1984), again spawned hit singles to match their critical acclaim, and the band’s success continued. The departure of frontman Ian McCulloch in 1988, followed by the death of their drummer Pete de Freitas the following year, culminated with a complete split in 1990.

In 1997, however, the Bunnymen returned with the UK Top 10 hit "Nothing Lasts Forever" (see 1997 in music), and both press and fans were delighted by their heroes' return. Since then, both their artistic and commercial successes have been in something of a decline, their original post-punk sound gradually being replaced by a more retro '60s sound. Echo and the Bunnymen continue to perform regularly.

Song Trivia

Originally recorded by the Doors, People Are Strange was released on their second album in 1967. The song was covered by Echo and the Bunnymen for the soundtrack.

In The Film: People Are Strange is heard during when the Emerson family arrive in Santa Carla. Scenes of the Boardwalk and towns folk are shown.

Cry Little Sister (Theme From The Lost Boys)

Performed by Gerard McMann

A last fire will rise behind those eyes

Black house will rock, blind boys don’t lie

Immortal fear, that voice so clear

Through broken walls, that scream I hear

Cry, little sister - Thou shall not fall

Come to your brother - Thou shall not die

Unchain me, sister - Thou shall not fear

Love is with your brother - Thou shall not kill

Blue masquerade, strangers look on

When will they learn this loneliness?

Temptation heat beats like a drum

Deep in your veins, I will not lie

Little sister - Thou shall not fall

Come to your brother - Thou shall not die

Unchain me, sister - Thou shall not fear

Love is with your brother - Thou shall not kill

My Shangri-Las

I can’t forget

Why you were mine

I need you now

Cry, little sister - Thou shall not fall

Come to your brother - Thou shall not die

Unchain me, sister - Thou shall not fear

Love is with your brother - Thou shall not kill

Song Trivia

Having become one of the most loved movie themes, Cry Little Sister (Theme From The Lost Boys) has been covered by the likes of Charlie Sexton, Carfax Abbey, Blutengel, The Lost Brothers, and most recently by Aiden for the soundtrack of Lost Boys: The Tribe.

Considered to be a "Gothic anthem", the song has been incorrectly attributed to the Sisters of Mercy multiple times. The Sisters of Mercy have never covered this song.

In The Film: Pieces of Cry Little Sister (Theme From The Lost Boys) are heard throughout the movie. The most notable use is during Michael confronting Star in the cave after nearly attacking Sam and the during the return of the Lost Boys to the cave the next morning. It is also heard during the death scene of David, after he has been impaled on the oryx horns.

Power Play

Performed by Eddie and the Tide

They're out of order in war

They're out of order in love

They need to feed, they both agree

The hawk and the dove

But don't get mad, get even

And don't let 'em get to you

I never promised

It was fair and true

Before they're through

They'll have me hunting you (remember)

It's not important

It's just a power play

Good and evil

They're neck and neck

Bases loaded

And there's three on deck

We're in the final quarter

And it's running out

You needn't fight

Life has no time out

He'll lift you out of the cradle

Help you into the grave

But don't be fooled by all the rules

And don't be the slave

You take a chill pill, and, baby

Relax, float downstream

Life is no rehearsal

You know what I mean

And freedom seems

To be a far-off dream (remember)

It's not important

It's just a power play

Good and evil

They're neck and neck

Bases loaded

And there's three on deck

We're in the final quarter

And it's running out

You needn't fight

Life has no time out

About Eddie and the Tide

Eddie and the Tide were a band started by Steve "Eddie" Rice in 1983. They continued to play the San Francisco Bay Area from 1983 to 1990. They released five albums and one EP. They appeared on the Lost Boys soundtrack with the song Power Play.

Song Trivia

In The Film: A part of Power Play is heard when the Lost Boys enter Max's video store. On the television screens the music video for Centerfold by The J. Geils Band is being played.

I Still Believe

Performed by Tim Cappello

I been in a cave

For forty days

Only a spark

To light my way

I wanna give out

I wanna give in

This is our crime

This is our sin

But I still believe

I still believe

Through the pain

And through the grief

Through the lies

Through the storms

Through the cries

And through the wars

Oh, I still believe

Flat on my back

Out at sea

Hopin’ these waves

Don’t cover me

I’m turned and tossed

Upon the waves

When the darkness comes

I feel the grave

But I still believe

I still believe

Through the cold

And through the heat

Through the rain

And through the tears

Through the crowds

And through the cheers

Oh, I still believe

I’ll march this road

I’ll climb this hill

Upon my knees

If I have to

I’ll take my place

Upon this stage

I’ll wait till the end of time

For you like everybody else

I’m out on my own

Walkin’ the streets

Look at the faces

That I meet

I feel like I

Like I wanna go home

What do I feel?

What do I know?

But I still believe

Yes, I still believe

Through the shame

And through the grief

Through the heartache

Through the tears

Through the waiting

Through the years

For people like us

In places like this

We need all the hope

That we can get

Oh, I still believe

Song Trivia

In The Film: I Still Believe is actually performed by Tim Cappello in the movie. When Michael and Sam are attending a free concert at the Boardwalk, you can see Tim Cappello (commonly referred to as the 'buff guy in purple pants and chains playing the saxophone') as Star and Laddie are seen by Michael for the first time.

Beauty Has Her Way

Performed by Mummy Calls

I know what you want

I know what you need

Better than you do

I know why you came

I promise you

I know where you go

I know what you do

Better than you do

When nothing remains

I come to you

Sometimes she shines, and I know

Beauty has her way

With her hooks and her grace

Beauty has her way

Lights down, we drown, and I know

Beauty has her way

This plain day

Beauty has her way

The trembling lengths

The conquering touch

Everything to you

And into your flame

I’ll follow you

Where all wishes twist

And bitter they kiss

Everything to you

In doorways and dreams

I run to you

Sometimes she shines, and I know

Beauty has her way

With her hooks in your face

Beauty has her way

Lights down, we drown, and I know

Beauty has her way

This plain day

Beauty has her way

I know what you want

I know what you need

I know where you go

I know what you do

Sometimes she shines, and I know

Beauty has her way

This plain day

Beauty has her way

I know what you want

I know what you need

Better than you do

I know why you came

I promise you

About Mummy Calls

Mummy Calls was a pop band who released their self-titled album in 1986. Members included Paul Howard (Saxophone), John Luongo (Producer), Alan Bint (Keyboards), Andrew Hingley (Bass), Michael Brooks (Drums), and Dave Banks (Vocals).

Song Trivia

In The Film: Beauty Has Her Way is heard in the film when Star and Laddie rejoin the Lost Boys after Michael has chased them around the Boardwalk.

To the Shock of Miss Louise

Performed by Thomas Newman

There are no lyrics to this song. It is an instrumental piece, like traditional carousel music.

Song Trivia

In The Film: To the Shock of Miss Louise is heard several times during the film. First heard during the opening of the film when the Lost Boys confront the Surf Nazis on the Looff carousel at the Boardwalk, as well as when Michael confronts the Lost Boys before they reveal their true nature.

Ain't Got No Home

Performed by Clarence "Frogman" Henry

Ain't Got No Home is a song used in the film but not included on the soundtrack. It is heard in the scene while Sam is taking a bath and singing along to the radio, just before Michael tries to attack Sam.

Walk This Way

Performed by Run DMC and Aerosmith

Walk This Way is another song used in the film but not included on the soundtrack. During the scene in while the Lost Boys attack the group of Surf Nazis, the song is heard prominently.

The Missing Music

All performed by Thomas Newman

What you see above is not the complete version of the soundtrack. In fact, there was a lot of instrumental compositions that you hear during the film that were not included on the release.

Below is a list of the following pieces also scored by Thomas Newman for the film:

Closing Time

Back to the Carnival

The Old Resort

Drinking Blood

Falling Home

Headlights

Bathtub Attack

The Wind

You Must Feed

Borrowing the Car

Dead Meat

Preparations

Awakening

They're Coming

Bow & Arrow

These tracks, as well as three other unused score pieces, are available on the Complete Original Soundtrack. Basically a collector's item, if you dig hard enough online you will come upon it.

Hearing the scores without the dialoge and atmospheric sounds of the film is truly a treat for any fan!

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      filmic 5 years ago

      Damn! someone's already made this lens!? was gonna be my next project. You've done it justice though!!!! great lens, all time best movie soundtrack! CRY is still one of my fav pieces of music!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      One of the best movie soundtracks ever I reckon. Great lens

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      Mary 6 years ago from Chicago area

      Echo & the Bunnymen had a vocal sound that (imo) has influenced even some of today's bands -- like Arcade Fire sometimes reminds me of them. Nice full lens here; blessed :)

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      Sherry Venegas 6 years ago from La Verne, CA

      I love movie soundtracks. My favorite for the last decade is the Dead Man soundtrack. I have to listen to There Will Be Blood sound track some day to see if that will leap to number one on my list. Of course, there are a few others but I do not listen to music much any more. Age is a curious thing.

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      BW Duerr 7 years ago from Henrietta, New York

      I had a hard time picking a favorite song because I like so many of them. Have to think about it... :D Lensrolled to all my vampire lenses. Thanks!

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      i love the film with all of the cast , i like vampiers but i didn';t like the 2nd film. but ROCK ON

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      anonymous 9 years ago

      These songs are timeless, as well as the movie. I have the soundtrack and listen to it continually. Thanks for all the really tricked out facts.

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      Robin S 9 years ago from USA

      Wow, I used to listen to this one endlessly! I think it's time for a new copy!

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      flowski lm 9 years ago

      The soundtrack from The Lost Boys is great. Thanks for the interesting facts about the music tracks, very interesting.

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      GypsyPirate LM 9 years ago

      Wow. This has long been one of my all time favorite soundtracks (I wore out one cassette, and now have it on cassette and CD). You have done a spectacular job with this lens - the trivia is awesome! Thanks for making it, I love it!

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