The Tracks Of My Tears

by Smokey Robinson & The Miracles

Duration:
2:54
Released:
Jun 23, 1965
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Lyrics for The Tracks Of My Tears by Smokey Robinson & The Miracles:

{Intro}

Verse 1
People say I'm the life of the party
'Cause I tell a joke or two
Although I might be laughing loud and hearty
Deep inside I'm blue

Chorus
So take a good look at my face
You'll see my smile looks out of place
If you look closer, it's easy to trace
The tracks of my tears

I need you (need you)
Need you (need you)

Verse 2
Since you left me, if you see me with another girl
Seeming like I'm having fun
Although she may be cute, she's just a substitute
Because you're the permanent one

Chorus
So take a good look at my face
You'll see my smile looks out of place
Look a little bit closer, it's easy to trace
The tracks of my tears

I need you (need you)
Need you (need you)

(Outside) I'm masquerading
(Inside) my hope is fading
Just a clown, oh yeah, since you put me down
My smile is my make up I wear since my break up with you

Baby, take a good look at my face
You'll see my smile looks out of place
Yeah, just look closer, it's easy to trace
The tracks of my tears

Take a good look at my face
Ooh yeah, you'll see my smile looks out of place
Look a little bit closer, it's easy to trace
The tracks of my tears

{outro}

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Song Facts

One of the biggest hits for Motown, “The Tracks of My Tears” tells the story of a heartbroken young man trying to hide his pain over lost love by playing the role of a fun-loving, merry man. Guitarist Marv Tarplin got the idea for the melody after hearing Harry Belafonte’s hit, “The Banana Boat Song (Day-O)”.

In a 2006 interview with NPR, Smokey Robinson recalled how the song’s lyrics began to come together:

One day I was listening, and it just came – the tracks of my tears – like footprints on my face. So that was what I wrote about.

The song was featured on the group’s 1965 album Going To a Go-Go, and the single peaked at #16 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #2 on the Billboard Top R&B charts. The song has been awarded with many accolades, including being ranked #50 on Rolling Stone’s list of The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time list in 2004 and it was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 2007, as well as receiving the #5 spot in a list of the Greatest Songs of All Time as chosen by a panel of legendary songwriters for British magazine Mojo.

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