Tears In Heaven

Eric Clapton

About Tears In Heaven

"Tears in Heaven" is a song by Eric Clapton and Will Jennings, written about the death of Clapton's four-year-old son, Conor. It appeared on the 1991 Rush film soundtrack. In January 1992, Clapton performed the song in front of an audience at Bray Studios, Berkshire, England for MTV Unplugged, with the recording appearing on his Unplugged album. The song was Clapton's best-selling single in the United States and reached number two on the Billboard Hot 100. In his home country the United Kingdom it reached number five on the UK Singles Chart, and also charted in the top 10 in more than twenty nations around the world. It won three Grammy Awards for Best Male Pop Vocal Performance, Song of the Year, and Record of the Year. In 2004, Rolling Stone ranked "Tears in Heaven" 362nd on its list of "The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time". 


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Would you know my name
If I saw you in heaven?
Would it be the same
If I saw you in heaven?
I must be strong and carry on
'Cause I know I don't belong here in heaven

Would you hold my hand
If I saw you in heaven?
Would you help me stand
If I saw you in heaven?
I'll find my way through night and day
'Cause I know I just can't stay here in heaven

Time can bring you down, time can bend your knees
Time can break your heart, have you begging please, begging please

Beyond the door there's peace I'm sure
And I know there'll be no more tears in heaven

Would you know my name
If I saw you in heaven?
Would it be the same
If I saw you in heaven?
I must be strong and carry on
'Cause I know I don't belong here in heaven

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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, Will Jennings

Lyrics © Universal Music Publishing Group, Warner Chappell Music, Inc.

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10 facts about this song

Song Composition
Eric Clapton co-wrote "Tears in Heaven" with Will Jennings, an American songwriter with numerous chart-topping songs to his credit.
Inspirational Backstory
"Tears in Heaven" was penned by Clapton following the tragic death of his four-year-old son, Conor. The song is a powerful expression of his grief and longing for his son.
Film Involvement
The song first appeared in the 1991 film "Rush". Clapton composed the entire score for the movie.
Musical Accolades
"Tears in Heaven" won numerous awards including three Grammys in 1993 for Record of the Year, Song of the Year, and Best Male Pop Vocal Performance.
Performance History
Eric Clapton has stated that he found singing "Tears in Heaven" too emotionally challenging after a time, and hence discontinued the song’s inclusion in his live performances in 2004.
Global recognition
"Tears in Heaven" was a huge commercial success, reaching number two on the Billboard Hot 100 and number one on the Adult Contemporary chart in the United States. It also topped the charts in numerous other countries, including Canada and Australia.
Platinum Certification
The song achieved multi-Platinum certification in the U.S from the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) due to its massive commercial success.
Duration and Collection
The song, around four minutes long, is part of Clapton's album "Unplugged".
Timeless Appeal
Despite its tragic backstory, "Tears in Heaven" remains a beloved song and resonates with anyone who has experienced loss.
Popular Cover Versions
Over the years, several artists have covered the song, including artists like Josh Groban, which attests to its lasting popularity and universal appeal.

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  • garyt.25680
    Such a sad yet sweet song for a tragedy he had and many of have had. A gift for all who suffer the loss of a loved one no matter the age or relationship. I cried the first time I heard this song when it came out about his son. I cried again when I heard after the passing of my wife. Lovely song about a simple wish for us to those who have departed. "Will you know who I am when I am there in heaven?" Thank you Eric. GT 
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