Eric Clapton turned to the healing power of music at one of his darkest personal moments — and although it was surely never part of the plan, the results became one of the biggest hits from an incredibly distinguished career. The song in question, "Tears in Heaven," was inspired by the death of Clapton's 4-year-old son Conor after a tragic fall from a New York high-rise where the boy had been living with his mother, actress and Italian television personality Lory Del Santo. Gutted by grief, Clapton turned to his work — which at the time included delivering the score and soundtrack for the crime drama Rush. Though Jennings understandably tried to demur his way out of the latter track, he ultimately found himself unable to say no. Finally there was nothing else but do to as he requested, despite the sensitivity of the subject. This is a song so personal and so sad that it is unique in my experience of writing songs. For Clapton, the assignment was completed on something approaching pure instinct. Understandably, "Tears in Heaven" is far from a happy song — and Rush quickly faded from theaters — but the song's hopeful, probing approach to unimaginable grief strongly resonated with listeners, who sent the track soaring to No. For Clapton, the response to "Tears in Heaven" had to be bittersweet at best, but with hindsight, he had enough distance to be able to try and appreciate the aspects of the song that made it so popular.
Clapton 'went cold' when he learned about his son's accidental death
Eric Clapton Lyrics. Would you know my name If I saw you in heaven? Would it be the same 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? Submit Corrections.
There's no shortage of sad songs in the history of popular music. Artists have a tendency to channel their sorrows into their work, leaving us with countless sad songs about everything from breakups to addictions to death. Picking the very best of these songs is no easy task, but that's exactly what we asked our readers to do last week. Votes poured in by the hundreds. Click through to see the results. Three years before he died, Hank Williams poured out all the pain from his failing marriage to his wife Audrey Sheppard into this masterpiece. Williams wrote hundreds of songs and scored many huge hits during his brief life, but this is one of the few you still hear all the time, all these decades later. That's probably because the message is so universal and his raw pain is impossible to ignore. Like many songs on this list, the Alice in Chains classic "Nutshell" took on a new meaning after the singer Layne Staley died tragically at a young age.
Would it be the same, if I saw you in heaven? Though it achieved incredible international success, the creation of the song, like many adored ballads and laments, was heavily influenced by the emotional state of its creator. For Clapton, it arose out of the pain following the accidental death of his 4-year-old son Conor, and it is infused it with all the loss, heartache and longing of a grieving parent. Conor accidentally fell to his death from the 53rd-floor residence through a window that had been inadvertently left open following janitorial work in the apartment. Clapton was staying in a hotel nearby and was preparing to pick up Conor for a planned father-son lunch and visit to the Central Park Zoo. Lory was on the other end of the phone, and she was hysterical, saying he was dead. And I could not let myself believe it. Upon entering the apartment, then filled with emergency service responders, Clapton recalls feeling like the scene had nothing to do with him. Clapton described his bond with Conor as the closest relationship he had up to that point in his life, and he credits his son as being one of the main reasons he became and remains sober.