Eric Clapton Plays “Tears In Heaven” For The First Time On TV


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Get Ready To Tear Up

“Tears in Heaven” is one of those songs that touch your soul. No matter how many times you’ve heard it, it never loses its power over you and just squeezes your heart. Maybe it’s because more than the sadness of the song itself, we all know the tragic event that inspired this classic hit.

During a live interview with English broadcaster Sue Lawley back in 1992, Eric Clapton performed “Tears in Heaven” for the first time. We can see how emotional he gets and we can’t help but be impressed with the way he managed to keep it together. Lawley said that “it is going make a lot of people cry” and she’s absolutely correct. Watching this video already makes us want to bawl our eyes out, what more if we were actually there listening to him live?


It’s the saddest song in existence and we can feel his pain with every note he played.

“Tears in Heaven” was written by Eric Clapton and Will Jennings for the 1991 crime/drama film Rush. It was Clapton’s way of dealing with the loss of his 4-year old son Conor who fell from the open window of the 53rd floor of a high-rise New York apartment building.

“When he was born, I was drinking, and he was really the chief reason that I went back to treatment, because I really did love this boy. I thought, ‘I know he’s a little baby, but he can see what I’m doing, and I’m tired of this.'” – Eric Clapton

Writing the song helped him heal and also eased the pain of losing his child. And so anyone who listens to this will always remember that heartbreaking backstory.

“I almost subconsciously used music for myself as a healing agent, and lo and behold, it worked … I have got a great deal of happiness and a great deal of healing from music.” – Eric Clapton

It’s a lovely masterpiece which can easily move you to tears.