Tears in heaven
There's no shortage of sad songs in the history of popular music. Artists have a tendency to channel their sorrows into their work, leaving us with countless sad songs about everything from breakups to addictions to death. Picking the very best of these songs is no easy task, but that's exactly what we asked our readers to do last week. Votes poured in by the hundreds. Click through to see the results. Three years before he died, Hank Williams poured out all the pain from his failing marriage to his wife Audrey Sheppard into this masterpiece. Williams wrote hundreds of songs and scored many huge hits during his brief life, but this is one of the few you still hear all the time, all these decades later. That's probably because the message is so universal and his raw pain is impossible to ignore. Like many songs on this list, the Alice in Chains classic "Nutshell" took on a new meaning after the singer Layne Staley died tragically at a young age. When you listen to this song today, it's impossible not to think about his death, and lines like "I'd feel better dead" are positively chilling.
Eric Clapton Lyrics. Would you know my name If I saw you in heaven? Would it be the same If I saw you in heaven?
Eric Clapton turned to the healing power of music at one of his darkest personal moments — and although it was surely never part of the plan, the results became one of the biggest hits from an incredibly distinguished career.
It appeared on the Rush film soundtrack. The song was Clapton's best-selling single in the United States and reached number two on the Billboard Hot 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. In August , Clapton's manager, two of his roadies and his friend and fellow musician Stevie Ray Vaughan were killed in a helicopter accident. On 20 March , Clapton's 4-year-old son Conor died after falling from the 53rd-floor window of a New York City apartment belonging to Conor's mother's friend. After isolating himself for a period, Clapton began working again, writing music for the film Rush He dealt with the grief of his son's death by cowriting "Tears in Heaven" for the soundtrack with Will Jennings. And it is a little ambiguous because it could be taken to be about Conor but it also is meant to be part of the film. In an interview with Daphne Barak, Clapton said: "I almost subconsciously used music for myself as a healing agent, and lo and behold, it worked I have got a great deal of happiness and a great deal of healing from music.
Would it be the same, if I saw you in heaven? Though it achieved incredible international success, the creation of the song, like many adored ballads and laments, was heavily influenced by the emotional state of its creator. For Clapton, it arose out of the pain following the accidental death of his 4-year-old son Conor, and it is infused it with all the loss, heartache and longing of a grieving parent. Conor accidentally fell to his death from the 53rd-floor residence through a window that had been inadvertently left open following janitorial work in the apartment. Clapton was staying in a hotel nearby and was preparing to pick up Conor for a planned father-son lunch and visit to the Central Park Zoo. Lory was on the other end of the phone, and she was hysterical, saying he was dead. And I could not let myself believe it. Upon entering the apartment, then filled with emergency service responders, Clapton recalls feeling like the scene had nothing to do with him. Clapton described his bond with Conor as the closest relationship he had up to that point in his life, and he credits his son as being one of the main reasons he became and remains sober. Only three years sober when Conor died, Clapton says the tragedy gave him the strength to fully commit to his sobriety instead of relapsing.
Eric Clapton Lyrics. Would you know my name If I saw you in heaven? Would it be the same 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 you be the same If I saw you in heaven? Submit Corrections. This track was featured on the soundtrack for the film "Rush" This song was co-written by Will Jennings. Eric Clapton came up with the first verse when he mourned his four-years-old son, Conor, who died six month earlier. Jennings told in an interview, "Eric and I were engaged to write a song for a movie called Rush. We wrote a song called 'Help Me Up' for the end of the movie… then Eric saw another place in the movie for a song and he said to me, 'I want to write a song about my boy.
Clapton recalled, "Her argument was that it might in some way help somebody, and that got my vote. He explained, "I didn't feel the loss anymore, which is so much a part of performing those songs. I really have to connect with he feelings that were there when I wrote them. They're kind of gone and I really don't want them to come back, particularly. My life is different now. They probably just need a rest and maybe I'll introduce them for a much more detached point of view.
Eric Clapton wrote about this song in his autobiography, "Will we really meet again? It's difficult to talk about these songs in depth, that's why they're songs. Their birth and development is what kept me alive through the darkest period of my life. When I try to take myself back to that time, to recall the terrible numbness that I lived in, I recoil in fear. I never want to go through anything like that again. Lyrics licensed by.