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Eric Clapton

Tears In Heaven

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  “Tears in Heaven” is a ballad written by Eric Clapton and Will Jennings about the pain Clapton felt following the 1991 death of his four-year-old son, Conor, who fell from a 53rd-story window in his mother’s friend’s New York City condominium. By all accounts, the death was simply a tragic accident, and Clapton was distraught for months afterwards. This song is one of Clapton’s most successful, reaching #2 on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart in the U.S. The song also spent three weeks at #1 on the American adult contemporary chart in 1992. Clapton wrote the song with Will Jennings, who was reluctant at first to help him with such a personal song. The song was initially featured on the soundtrack to the film Rush, and it won three Grammy awards for Song of the Year,... Read on...

Song lines: ♪ If I saw you in heaven ... Would you know my name ... I must be strong and carry on

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This song is listed #353 on Rolling Stone Magazine’s 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.

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