Tu do do do, tu do do do, tu do do do, tu do do do do do do
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
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)
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
So take a good look at my face
Oh, you'll see my smile looks out of place
If you look a little bit closer, it's easy to trace
Oh, the tracks of my tears

Oh, I need you (need you), need you (need you)
Hey yeah, 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
Oh, you'll see my smile looks out of place
Yeah, just look closer, it's easy to trace
The tracks of my tears, baby baby, baby, baby, baby, baby
Baby, take a good look at my face
Yeah, you'll see my smile looks out of place
Ooh, look a little bit closer, it's easy to trace


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Tracks of My Tears Lyrics as written by Smokey Robinson Marvin Tarplin

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    General Commentthis song was in platoon. it was during the scene when they were all smoking their troubles away. it was fitting for that scene because it shows that despite outward appearances theres inner turmoil, that even though theyre trying to forget where they are and what theyre doing, inside theyre in pain.
    lily(myoneandonly)on November 21, 2004   Link
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    General Commenti cant believe theres only one comment on this.

    its about how you have to put on a brave face even when you're completely torn apart inside from needing somebody who isnt there anymore.
    story of the last year of my life.
    little_miss_failureon January 11, 2006   Link
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    General Commenti hate american idol but did you see smokey give adam lambert a standing ovation when he acoustically covered this song on air. it was a moment to see. Smokey can write some moving words yo, no matter who's singing 'em
    convinceon April 10, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentAnother thing about Platoon: I was watching the dvd with the comments track on and Oliver Stone was talking during the scene how this music helped them stay sane and humane and said that "...humanity is engraved to this music". That's something that describes the whole motown music and why I love it.
    Durang0on February 20, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthank god for american idol and adam lambert's rendition of this amazing song..otherwise i never would have known about it
    .)
    gunner-chicaon April 25, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentPersonally, I prefer the Justin Hayward version! ;)
    Dogsofwarmenofhateon July 29, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentOne of the best pop love songs of all time. Perfectly sums up how someone tries to hide sadness with a smile. Smokey is a lyrical genius.
    zakinbristolon April 01, 2014   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThe face of depression is often a happy one.
    toastiston July 31, 2019   Link

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