About the song

Don’t Cry Joni is a song written and recorded by American country music artist Conway Twitty. He released it in August 1975 as a single from the album The High Priest of Country Music. The song is a duet with his daughter Joni Lee, who was 16 years old at the time.

The song tells the story of a young man named Jimmy and his love for a girl named Joni. Jimmy and Joni are neighbors and childhood friends, but Jimmy is older than Joni and he goes off to war before they can be together. Joni writes letters to Jimmy, but he never replies. Years later, Jimmy returns to his hometown and visits Joni, who is now married and has a child. Jimmy confesses that he always loved Joni, but he was too afraid to tell her. He asks her not to cry for him, and he leaves.

The song was one of Twitty’s most successful duets, reaching No. 4 on the Billboard Hot Country Singles chart and No. 63 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart . It was also one of his few non-Loretta Lynn duets that achieved major success. The song has been covered by several artists, including Vietnamese singers Phuong Vy and Sean Trace, and Mizo singers Lalchhanchhuaha and Zualbawihi.