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"Tears In Heaven" Essay

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“Tears in Heaven”
Eric Clapton co-wrote the song “Tears in Heaven” in 1992 I remember listening to this song because I was a father of two beautiful girls by the time it came out. Although this is a very sad and emotional song, it brought Eric a lot more popularity. According to Wikipedia, Eric wrote the song “Tears In Heaven” after his son died in a tragic accident when he was very young. This song won Eric three awards, because people were able to relate to the feeling of losing a loved one. I was one of those people who could relate to this song.
The year was 1991; Eric Clapton was at the top of his professional career as a songwriter and performer. Eric had much success, but soon ...view middle of the document...

The awards were Song of the Year, Record of the Year, and Male Pop Vocal Performance.
The song became an instant success to everyone who has ever lost a loved one, I could understand the meaning to each lyric. Throughout the song, his voice keeps the same low monotone sound, which expresses how sad he was, and one can feel his pain and sorrow. It feels like the loss happened to you, because of the connection he makes with his audience, and the meaning of the lyrics. Eric does rhyme some of the words such as in lines AA, BBB, CC, DDD, EE, and FF but it is not so much about how he rhymes the words that conveys the meaning to the song. I think the way he makes the song flow from verse to verse is more important than the words he rhymes. On the first verse we get a feeling of how scared Eric as to whether Conor “Would know his name if he saw him in heaven, would it be the same.” In every verse Eric describes his feelings about losing Conor, and how it’s affecting him to have so much unknown.
The guitar in the song makes the perfect sound for it. Eric’s guitar style is a perfect fit for the song he plays an acoustic guitar in the song which it really makes the feeling of the lyrics stand out. The sound is the same throughout it has a sad, slow style and it makes us feel his pain. That sound of the guitar is the pain he feels inside. When Eric gets to the second verse, “I must be strong Cause I don’t belong,” he raises his voice as to let us know that he is starting to understand the loss. Again in the fourth verse, he changes to a low, sad tone as if to let the song describe that he is trying to understand, but yet his pain is too strong to go on.
The song is portraying the pain that Eric felt after the loss of Conor. It’s very clear that Eric needs to make peace with Conor, because he feels he lost out on the first part of Conor’s life. Now Eric is trying to find a place of peace that begins with heaven. Eric’s thinking at this point is all about being in a place where he can continue the...

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