My Father's Eyes

Eric Clapton

About My Father's Eyes

"My Father's Eyes" is a song written and performed by Eric Clapton and produced by Clapton and Simon Climie. It was released as a single in 1998 and was featured on the album Pilgrim. The song reached the top 40 on the Billboard Hot 100 Airplay chart, peaking at number 16, and spent five weeks at number two on the Billboard Hot Adult Contemporary chart. It became a major hit in Canada, where it peaked at number two, and it reached the top 20 in Austria, Iceland and Norway. "My Father's Eyes" won a Grammy award for Best Male Pop Vocal Performance. Clapton performed this track for the first time in 1992 and again in 1996, in both electric and unplugged versions. These versions of the song were completely different from the official single release in 1998. He would later retire the song in 2004, along with "Tears in Heaven", until the 50 Years Further On Up The Road world tour in 2013. 


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2003
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Sailing down behind the sun, 
Waiting for my prince to come. 
Praying for the healing rain 
To restore my soul again. 

Just a toe rag on the run. 
How did I get here? 
What have I done? 
When will all my hopes arise? 
How will I know him? 
When I look in my father's eyes. 
My father's eyes. 
When I look in my father's eyes. 
My father's eyes. 

Then the light begins to shine 
And I hear those ancient lullabies. 
And as I watch this seedling grow, 
Feel my heart start to overflow. 

Where do I find the words to say? 
How do I teach him? 
What do we play? 
Bit by bit, I've realized 
That's when I need them, 
That's when I need my father's eyes. 
My father's eyes. 
That's when I need my father's eyes. 
My father's eyes. 

Then the jagged edge appears 
Through the distant clouds of tears. 
I'm like a bridge that was washed away; 
My foundations were made of clay. 

As my soul slides down to die. 
How could I lose him? 
What did I try? 
Bit by bit, I've realized 
That he was here with me; 
I looked into my father's eyes. 
My father's eyes. 
I looked into my father's eyes. 
My father's eyes. 

My father's eyes. 
My father's eyes. 
I looked into my father's eyes. 
My father's eyes.

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Eric Clapton

Eric Patrick Clapton, CBE (born 30 March 1945) is an English guitarist and singer-songwriter. Clapton is the only three-time inductee to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame: once as a solo artist, and separately as a member of The Yardbirds and Cream. Clapton has been referred to as one of the most important and influential guitarists of all time. Clapton ranked second in Rolling Stone magazine's list of the "100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time" and fourth in Gibson's Top 50 Guitarists of All Time. more »

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Written by: Eric Patrick Clapton

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10 facts about this song

Artist Background
"My Father's Eyes" is a song written and performed by Eric Clapton, an English rock and blues guitarist, singer, and songwriter. He is hailed as one of the most influential guitarists of all time and has won several prestigious awards for his contributions to music.
Album Details
This track was initially released as part of the 1998 album "Pilgrim," which is Clapton's 13th solo studio album. Produced by Clapton himself, alongside Simon Climie, this album marked Clapton's first album of original material in five years.
Personal Significance
This song is notably significant due to the deeply personal meaning behind its lyrics. Eric Clapton wrote "My Father's Eyes" as a reflection on his life and emotions after the death of his son, Conor, who tragically fell from an apartment window in 1991. The song also addresses his longing to see his father, who had died before he was born.
Inspirational Sources
Clapton has mentioned that this song's idea came when he was playing with his son Conor. During their play, he suddenly realized he was seeing himself—in his own child—as his father would have seen him.
Single’s Release
"My Father's Eyes" was released as a single in 1998 and reached the top 10 on the Billboard Adult Contemporary chart.
Awards and Recognition
The song won the Grammy Award for Best Male Pop Vocal Performance in 1999, marking another significant achievement in Clapton's illustrious career.
Musical Collaborations
Phil Collins contributed to this song by providing backing vocals.
Live Performances and Rereleases
The live version of "My Father's Eyes" appears on Clapton's 1999 album named "Clapton Chronicles: The Best of Eric Clapton."
Song Composition
Musically, "My Father's Eyes" is known for its poignant lyrics, emotional delivery, and understated but beautifully fitting guitar work. This track reflects Clapton’s signature style, which blends rock, pop, and blues influences to produce resonant and deeply personal music.
Charitable Use
Eric Clapton often performed this song during benefit concerts for his Crossroads Centre, a drug rehabilitation center he established in Antigua in 1998.

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