It's just coincidence
Well, you can talk that way
But I have to say, I don't believe in it
But with the chill of chance
I desired to dance the days away

And I wasn't worried at all
Sneaking through, through the back door
No, I wasn't worried at all
Dreams are what you live for

Waiting for the light to turn green
And carry me home
To the kindest eyes that I've ever seen
Carry me home
Well, can you tell me how will it be now?
How will it be?
Can you tell me how will it be now?
How will it be?

Well, we were younger then
And the days were long and slow
But were we wiser then?
I couldn't say, I wouldn't know

But I wasn't worried at all
I had someone to run to
No I wasn't worried at all
I knew which way the wind blew

Picking out the chaos and gloom
Carry me home
I watched the ceiling spin 'round the room
Carry me home
Well, can you tell me how will it be now?
How will it be?
Can you tell me how will it be now?
How will it be?

In a cold world how will it be?
In the real world how will it be?
In the lonely world how would it be?
Will the ghosts just stop following me?

In a cold world how will it be?
In the real world how will it be?
Beg and crawl, how will it be?
Will the ghosts just stop following me?

Oh, now drawn to the sun
He was the only one
He calls out to everyone
For his only son

From the window of my room
I can see the colored moon now
Haunting the look in my eyes now, what will you see?
If you could look into my eyes now, what would you see?
What would you see?
Just coincidence
You can talk that way
It's just coincidence
Well you can talk that way
Don't believe him
Don't believe him

Lyrics submitted by cate12305

Tears Lyrics as written by David Fielding Mark Burgess

Lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC

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  • +2
    General CommentTo me, this song is about someone waking up to a cold, cruel and stoic reality after living in an innocent and carefree way for a while. This innocence is the innocence of love - of throwing yourself wholeheartedly into something without ever thinking of the consequences, only to find despair once that love is lost.

    The price that one pays for wisdom and maturity is a permanent disconnection from what is pure and beautiful. Once we are confronted with loss, we are never the same again, and the memories of everything that was meaningful and seemed to last forever haunt us. Because the songs depicts this in such a vivid and poignant way, it will always be one of my favourites, a song which I keep close to my heart.
    jdillinger34on May 23, 2017   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI had always heard it was written about one of Mark's close friends who had recently died of cancer. Here is what Mark says as posted on their official website:

    "A few months prior to starting 'Strange Times' I'd lost a very old and dear friend to cancer. At that time it was the hardest blow I'd ever been dealt and I wanted to write something specially, the idea 'Tears' originally 'Tears Are Not Enough' seemed perfect for it. I think it had been earmarked as a single by both the producer and the label from the word go, hence the first 'rocky' version, which I liked up to a point, but it didn't quite capture what I'd had in mind and so I argued and eventually got, an alternative treatment. The studio was residential but the producer chose to commute each day from nearby London. We chose to continue working into the night and it was the band and the engineer that put the track together, the producer then coming in on the mix. Personally, the night we recorded it was one of the highlights of the album."

    What a beautiful song! Definitely THE BEST overlooked band of the 80s.
    monster36604on January 12, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentMark Burgess wrote this song about a good friend who died of cancer. I'm surprised there are no comments yet on this as this really is a moving song. Incidentally, if you don't know the Chameleons then give them a try, they must be the ultimate "overlooked" band.
    hairydonuton October 12, 2005   Link
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    General Commenthey fellow hairy man, on the chameleons' website it says that it's about Mark's dear departed pet dog named Sandy. I think it's a beautiful expression of the love between a boy and his dog (Does anybody have kinder eyes than a dog's?). It also makes sense as a song about someone lost to cancer. Really it's just an awesome song about loss and remembrance.
    hairyliberalon March 18, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Comment...Am I the only one who thought this was about a secret affair he had, and then the lover died?
    GlitteringPrizeson February 01, 2012   Link

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