"No Tears" as written by Wayne Hector, Steve Robson and James Blunt....
Don't I know it? Nobody has to say
I've been lucky.
Guess I was born that way
I thank my father,
His absence has made me strong
And I love my mother
But she had troubles with God

No tears for the life that you've led
You've had angels in your head
Did you hear them singing in the end
All the things that you've seen
All the things that could have been
Well I've been everything I want to be
So no tears, no tears for me

Yeah, I've bathed in sunshine
But cherished the fading light
And I heard my heartbeat faulter
On a winter's night
I loved a woman
She didn't hear my prayers
So Lord, oh Lord, I'm yours

No tears for the life that you've led
You've had angels in your head
Did you hear them singing in the end
All the things that you've seen
All the things that could have been
Well I've been everything I want to be
So no tears, no tears for me

'Cause someone some where's going home tonight
Trying to understand the sacrifice
So save your tears for those left behind

For the life that you've led
You've had angels in your head
Did you hear them singing in the end
All the things that you've seen
All the things that could have been
Well I've been everything I want to be
So no tears, no tears
No tears for me


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"No Tears" as written by Wayne Hector James Blount

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    General CommentI can't believe this doesn't have more comments! It's such a beautiful song!

    Anyway, I think it is clearly about someone dying young. The line "All the things that could have been, well I've been everything I wanna be, so no tears for me" suggests that the person is young and had so much more living to do. However it's written to point out that even if the person's life was short, it was meaningful and he accomplished everything he wanted to, and therefore no one should cry or feel sorry for him.
    JenLynMicon March 10, 2011   Link
  • +1
    My InterpretationFor me, it's a conversation between two soldiers - and one of them is about to die.
    Let's call them A and B, B being the one who's dying.

    B is extremely religious. He believes in God and just feels that he's right. A is an

    ordinary soldier, a friend, but he doesn't believe or love God. For A, God makes no

    difference or doesn't even exist.

    B is deeply wounded and about to die. Probably, he sacrificed himself, in order to

    save A. A is calling him "crazy" and doesn't understand his sacrifice. So, with that

    in mind, let's talk about the lyrics:

    "Don't I know it? Nobody has to say"

    A is probably calling B stupid for being such a nice person, because he sacrificed

    himself for someone else. And B answers, telling A that he knows that, but he's ok

    just like that.

    "I've been lucky.
    Guess I was born that way"

    B tells A something about him. For such a gentle soul, he could get that far in the

    war. So he's been lucky, he could be one of the first deads.

    "I thank my father,
    His absence has made me strong"

    B doesn't know his father, or at least he was left with his mother when he was a

    child. I don't think his father is actually dead, it sounds to me like they were

    abandoned.

    "And I love my mother
    But she had troubles with God"

    He loves his mother, she raised him, but she didn't believe in God. Or were angry with

    God. Or she thought it could be a waste of time believing in such a thing.

    "For the life that you've led
    You've had angels in your head
    Did you hear them singing in the end"

    A still cannot believe that B is dying. He was a nice and pure soul. A is angry

    because he couldn't do a thing to save his friend, B. So he says that B was so

    positive and what the fuck he thought at that moment? He believed in angels, so A

    asked angrily if B heard them singing in the end/air?.

    "All the things that you've seen
    All the things that could have been"

    This is still A telling B that he could've been so much, he deserved a better life

    than that.

    "Well I've been everything I want to be
    So no tears, no tears for me"

    B tells A that he had been everything he wanted to be. B had no regrets, he made that

    for loving his comrades.

    "Yeah, I've bathed in sunshine
    But cherished the fading light
    And I heard my heartbeat faulter
    On a winter's night
    I loved a woman
    She didn't hear my prayers
    So Lord, oh Lord, I'm yours"

    B tells A some of his memories (people says that when we're about to die, we can see

    our life right before our eyes) and tells that he loved deeply a woman, but she didn't

    believed in God neither, or didn't respect his beliefs. So he has no regrets, he's

    asking God to take him away, finally.

    "Because someone somewhere's going home tonight
    Try to understand the sacrifice
    So save your tears for those left behind"

    At this point, A's crying. B asks him to not cry, because there's someone, somewhere

    (maybe his mother or a relative) who can't understand why B sacrificed himself for the

    others. So B's asks A to save all his tears for those who lived (the other soldiers

    and their relatives), because B was kinda happy, he would finally reach God. Maybe,

    for the first time, B was entirely happy.
    Leafaron December 28, 2012   Link
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    General CommentThis is about a soldier dying and having no regret.
    I think Blunt wrote it seeing that he was in a tank the english army.
    DARKPILATUSon January 22, 2011   Link
  • 0
    My InterpretationI think, especially the last lines, are about people being alone ("someone somewhere's going home tonight") ....("for those left behind ")

    Those "left behind" try to understand the world and its meaning and why their alone ("Trying to understand the sacrifice ")

    And i think in general its about accepting the things that happened to you (especially the bad things)
    DavyJones92on June 20, 2011   Link
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    Song Meaningi think james was talking about what he has seen in life, what he has been able to achieve and what he has not been able to achieve, and so he says that no one should cry for him when he dies.
    pato1986on February 24, 2012   Link

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