Flashback Friday: “Tears in Heaven” by Eric Clapton

eric clapton tears in heavenIn my opinion, Eric Clapton is one of the top five greatest guitarists in Rock ‘n Roll history. He’s been rocking since before I was born, but my first real exposure to his music was an acoustic ballad released in 1992 – “Tears in Heaven.”

“Tears in Heaven” was written about the pain and loss Eric Clapton felt after his four-year-old son Conor fell from the window of a 53rd floor apartment in New York City. His son’s death impacted Clapton greatly, and he took a 9-month hiatus from performing to grieve for his son. When he got back on stage, he was a softer and more reflective musician. “Tears in Heaven” was featured on the soundtrack for the movie “Rush,” a turbulent movie about drug addiction, but gained soaring popularity after Clapton performed it live for MTV’s Unplugged.

“Woud you know my name…if I saw you in heaven?”

Eric Clapton Tears in Heaven“Tears in Heaven” was the #6 most popular song of 1992 on the Billboard Hot 100 charts. It reached #2 on the Hot 100 Singles chart, and was #1 on the adult comtemporary charts for three weeks in 1992. The song won 3 Grammy Awards – Song of the Year, Record of the Year, and Male Pop Vocal Performance. In 2004, Rolling Stone listed “Tears In Heaven” on their 500 Greatest Songs of All Time” list.

I have very dear memories of “Tears in Heaven.” It brings back a lot of memories of my youth. It reminds me of a boy I was in a band with (he played guitar, I played bass). It reminds me of my dad – we finally had a song on a contemporary radio that we could agree on. It reminds me of funerals I’ve attended. I’ve spent a lot of time pondering the lyrics and learning to play the bridge on acoustic guitar. I just really love this song.

“Beyond the door, there’s peace I’m sure. And I know there’ll be no more tears in heaven.”

Do you have memories of “Tears in Heaven”?

  • Jan LeBaron

    You played bass? in a band? One of my first dates in high school was with the son whose dad owned Tower Records. It was back in the early sixties. We got cool tickets to see all the famous rock bands. “I love rock and roll, put another dime in the jukebox, baby!” I have lots of stories about Rock and Roll! Great post, yet, sad memory of his son’s death.

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