Would you know my name
If I saw you in heaven?
Would it be 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

Would you know my name
If I saw you in heaven?
Would you be 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

Lyrics submitted by nabzouk

Tears in Heaven Lyrics as written by Will Jennings Eric Patrick Clapton

Lyrics © Universal Music Publishing Group, Warner Chappell Music, Inc.

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  • +9
    General CommentBefore my sister died of aids, she would sit in her room and play this song over and over. She wanted us to know that she would wait for us and know us when we got to the other side.
    cbearon February 23, 2002   Link
  • +6
    General CommentOn 20 March 1991 at 11:00AM, Clapton's son Conor, who was four and a half, died when he fell from the 53rd-story window of his mother's New York City apartment, landing on the roof of an adjacent four-story building. Clapton's grief was expressed in the song "Tears in Heaven" (on the soundtrack to the 1991 movie Rush), co-written with Will Jennings, which, like the MTV Unplugged album that followed it, won a Grammy award.
    mortakon August 02, 2007   Link
  • +5
    General CommentI know why Eric Clapton wrote this song. Songs are like poems and the listener also has meaning in the words. With that said here is my meaning. My husband killed himself. In my grief and guilt over his death I tried to kill myself as well. I know my husband is in heaven and the questions of whether he would even know me if I got to heaven was on my mind. I survived my attempt an now realize that even though I still grieve I do not belong in heaven right now. I wish I had listened to this song before my attempt but now I listen to remind myself. If anyone has ever experienced a tragic death of a loved one there is always that desire to go to heaven with them. When t is finally my time to go I think he will be there even if it is another 30 or 40 years from now.
    cathy196684on September 05, 2013   Link
  • +4
    General Commentgreat song! you can really feel what clapton is trying to express in this song; dealing with the death of his son
    bubbronon January 20, 2002   Link
  • +3
    General Commentim an idiot for thinking anyone is gonna read this far, but i must add my story about someone who died recently
    i didn't know him personally (although i really wish i did); it was in 7th grade, he had leukemia, and everyone who knew him loved him, they weren't just being nice about him after his death
    he was a great student (athletic too!) despite missing so much school for treatment, and he was really nice to everyone; one of his best friends was arguably the biggest loser in our grade
    surprisingly, i did not hear this song in association with his passing; in fact i don't remember hearing any song played specifically for him, though a few days after he went one of my teachers was playing the radio in class and "you're my best friend" (by queen) came on, and everyone thought of him, especially above-mentioned loser... but i digress
    so this song made me think of him (even though i never knew him), and if im still in the same school for the 2nd anniversary of his passing, i'll remind people of this... i think a lot of people will know it, even if they didn't think of it at first

    r.i.p. Jack Sanders, Conner Clapton, and all the people (and pets) who are reminded of by this song
    HiOnMusicon March 09, 2009   Link
  • +2
    General CommentOn Dec. 19th 2006, my only son passed away. He was 22 years old and had been battling with cancer. I had heard the song and knew the story behind it. It must have been very difficult for Clapton to deal with his son's death and now I understand what it feels to lose a son. This song has a new meaning in my life and I know he (my son) will know my name if he saw me in heaven. He lives in my heart, and this song just fulfills my heart and soul.
    jmsaurion November 27, 2007   Link
  • +2
    General CommentEric Clapton had written this song because his son (which was a toddler), had fallen out of a window because his maid had accidentally left the window open, and he passed away. He wrote this song for encouragement, saying "Beyond the gates, there's peace I'm sure", he is trying to encourage himself in saying that his son is living the perfect life in heaven.
    And him asking the questions such as "would you know my name", because his son was just so young, he wasn't sure if he'd even remember him.
    This song can be both sad and really encouraging. :)
    kurisuta13on March 06, 2013   Link
  • +1
    General Commentalmost a full year ago, a girl at my school died in a car accident. she was only 15, a freshman at the time. with the anniversary approching, my whole school is holding their breaths. a memorial run has been set up, and i know things will be hard there. this song means a lot to the kids at my school. on the day of her death, they may play it for us. we may have another service, or we may have a period of mourning. but, if anyone's out there, pray for Ali. she shouldn't have died. she meant a lot, and her life was cut short.
    glennsarmychickon April 27, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General CommentMy best friend in the universe died when I was 9. I think of him evrytime i hear this song. the line coz i know i dont belong here in heaven kills me, because he was so good and sweet and if he met me now would he still want to know me and hold my hand.

    well thats my 2 cents worth
    brokengirlon August 01, 2007   Link
  • +1
    My Interpretationi love this song and can relate to it. i lost my brother in 2012 due to heart failure and hewasnt spose to be alive because when he was born he had a hole in his heart. this song makes me think of my brother and i can just feel every emotion that clapton has put in. makes me think that i know mybrother is watching over me
    bonkabonkon March 13, 2014   Link

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