"Tears" as written by and James Gerard Mcdermott....
Our love, girl, is going through changes
I don't know if I'm alive, dead, dying, or just a little jaded
Someone throw me a line
You know I need it
I need it bad

Lost in a maze of my own making
No way out that I can find, send home your hard-working jury
I'm going down this time
You better believe it
Yes you had

So if you hear me crying, or talking in my sleep
Don't be afraid, it's just the hours that I keep
We gotta love to last for a million years
A love that could never fade through the tracks of your tears

All I can do is hope that you will see me fall
Do your best to smash my picture on your wall
Forgive me baby, absolve me, my dear
I've seen the future in the tracks of your tears

I've seen the future in the tracks of your tears
Of your tears
All those tears

I cast a shorter shadow with every passing day
No time to think, I'm just fading away
Some kind of magic in all your hopes and fears
Shows me the future through the tracks of your tears


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"Tears" as written by John Squire

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  • +2
    My InterpretationEpic song. The great thing about songs\poetry is the ambiguity allows the listener\reader to project the meaning from their own lives onto it, and hence it becomes far more significant and enjoyable.

    To me, this is a man in a long-term relationship ("We gotta love to last for a million years"), who knows he doesn't love her ("Our love, girl, is going through changes. I don't know if I'm alive, dead, dying, or just a little jaded"). He's once again in bad-books ("send home your hard-working jury, I'm going down this time"). He knows the relationship is doomed, knows he must end it, yet can't tell her ("So if you hear me crying, or talking in my sleep. Don't be afraid, it's just the hours that I keep"), because he knows it will destroy her ("I've seen the future in the tracks of your tears").

    He thinks the only way she'll ever get over him is if he splits because of some failure in his own life, perhaps drug-addiction, then he'll never have to break her by telling her he's fallen out of love ("All I can do is hope that you will see me fall"). He knows it's coming ("I cast a shorter shadow with every passing day
    ... I'm just fading away"), and when he does leave her, he desperately wants her to be strong enough overcome her loss ("Do your best to smash my picture on your wall"). But he knows he means the world to her ("Some kind of magic in all your hopes and fears") and he's beset with worry that she'll never recover ("All those tears") ("I've seen the future in the tracks of your tears").

    Utterly haunting and brilliant.
    QuintessODon April 04, 2014   Link
  • +1
    General CommentRealizing that you have found someone who makes you contemplate your whole way of living. But even though you want to change a reckless way of living for this person, you feel like you can't do it yourself - that you need another person to hold your hand along the way. This song hopes for the other person to see your fading and carry you to better things.
    tubesockson September 02, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General Commentanyone else think this sound abit like the second half of Stairway to Heaven?
    AnnCoateson December 09, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthe second coming is better than the stone roses, sorry
    Boon May 05, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commentsorry bo the second coming is good but the stone roses is in a league of it's own.
    scottishboyon March 19, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General Commentyeh supose
    Boon April 21, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General Commentmy shadow is hrot and getting shorter every day, no matter how hard I try to hold on....this song is jesus
    gilbagon April 15, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentYou guys are crazy for thinking that.
    Shortdude123on March 12, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Comment1 of the guys from the stone roses sed it themselves dat da 1st album is betta.
    Ruud10on March 26, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentUnderated tune. Seems like a girl is screwing with his head
    isavedchipon October 05, 2006   Link

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