Don't Be Sad

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"Don't Be Sad"
Single by Whiskeytown
from the album Pneumonia
Released 2001
Format CD Single
Genre Alternative country
Label Lost Highway
Songwriter(s) Ryan Adams/Mike Daly/James Iha
Producer(s) Ethan Johns
Whiskeytown singles chronology
"'Car Songs'"
"Don't Be Sad"
"'"San Antone" / "The Great Divide"'"
Car Songs
"Don't Be Sad"
"San Antone" / "The Great Divide"

"Don't Be Sad" is a song by alt-country band Whiskeytown, from their album, Pneumonia. It was co-written by Ryan Adams, Mike Daly, and James Iha (Smashing Pumpkins),[1] and issued as a single to radio in 2001.[2]

Ryan Adams says this about the track: "I think there's a duality in that song. I think on one hand, it's saying, 'Hang on, we'll get through this,' but deep down, we know we're not going to get through it at all. I don't know. Damn, that song just kinda says it all, doesn't it?"[2]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Don't Be Sad" Adams/Daly/Iha 3:21



  • Ryan Adams — Guitars, vocals, piano & harmonica
  • Caitlin Cary — Fiddle & backing vocals
  • Mike Daly — Guitars, pedal steel, lap steel, dulcimer, mandocello, mandolin, keyboards & backing vocals
  • Brad Rice — Guitars
  • Jennifer Condos — Bass
  • Mike Santoro — Bass
  • Richard Causon — Keyboards
  • James Iha - Guitars & Backing vocals
  • Tommy Stinson — Guitar & dobro
  • James Jumbo Aumonier — Celeste
  • Ethan Johns — Drums, bass, mandolin, mandocello, keyboards, percussion & guitars

Production credits[edit]

  • Produced by Ethan Johns
  • Engineered by Trina Shoemaker
  • Mixed & engineered by Ethan Johns
  • Recorded at Dreamland Studios & House Of Blues Studios
  • Mixed at The Sound Factory
  • Mastered by Doug Sax & Robert Hadley at the Mastering Lab, Hollywood, CA


  1. ^ Pneumonia (Media notes). Whiskeytown. Universal City, CA: UMG Recordings, Inc. 2001. 088 170 199-2. 
  2. ^ a b "Don't Be Sad (US/UK DJ Single)". Retrieved 2011-02-01.