Song Lyric Sunday — Tracks of My Tears

My first inclination when I saw that Helen Vahdati’s Song Lyric Sunday theme this week was “lost,” was to go with the Righteous Brothers’ song, “You’ve Lost That Loving Feeling.” But then I remembered a song about love lost from my early college days after the girl of my dreams jilted me. That song is “The Tracks of My Tears” by Smokey Robinson and the Miracles.

Written by Smokey Robinson, Pete Moore, and Marv Tarplin, and released on Motown’s Tamla label, it was a 1965 R&B hit for The Miracles, reaching number 2 on the Billboard R&B chart, and number 16 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.

The song is about a guy who is trying to put on a brave face even though he’s completely torn apart inside from needing somebody who isn’t there anymore. It illustrates how someone attempts to hide the sadness of a lost love with a smile.

Here are the lyrics to “The Tracks of My Tears.”

People say I’m the life of the party
Because 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

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
You’ll see my smile looks out of place
If you look a little bit closer, it’s easy to trace
The tracks of my tears
I need you, need you

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

So baby take a good look at my face
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 take a good look at my face
You’ll see my smile looks out of place
Oh look a little bit closer, it’s easy to trace
The tracks of my tears

13 thoughts on “Song Lyric Sunday — Tracks of My Tears

  1. Somewhere Sea October 21, 2018 / 3:31 am

    Great song, but I have to say I really like “You’ve Lost That Loving Feeling” 🙂

    Liked by 2 people

    • Fandango October 21, 2018 / 7:58 am

      Yeah, it was a hard choice, but when it comes to popular songs, there are so many to choose from when it comes to lost love.

      Like

  2. Paula Light October 21, 2018 / 6:21 am

    Great song but agree with Somewhere Sea that I love your first thought AND I’m surprised it didn’t occur to me!

    Liked by 1 person

  3. talesfromthemindofkristian October 21, 2018 / 10:35 am

    I absolutely love that song.

    I also find this and ‘Tears of a Clown’ quite appropriate for me. I smile a lot but often that’s a front but people like to try to tear me down because they ‘hate’ the fact that I’m always happy. But I’m not really.

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