Why did Eric Clapton Write “Tears in Heaven”?


Tears in Heaven is a grief-spurred ballad penned by Clapton after losing his 4-year-old son, who died upon falling from an apartment window. The tragedy took the singer to conjure up this memorable piece that resonates with pain, loss and a throbbing ache.

The song has won three Grammy awards so far and has been featured as the soundtrack for the movie Rush.

Would you know my name

If I saw you in heaven?

Would you feel 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