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The Tracks of My Tears
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The Tracks of My Tears

Smokey Robinson and The Miracles
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Song Meaning of The Tracks of My Tears by Smokey Robinson and The Miracles


Audiences would break into tears when Robinson and the Miracles performed “The Tracks of My Tears.” “It tapped into their emotions,” said Warren “Pete” Moore of the Miracles.


Pete Townshend of The Who, was obsessed the lyric “substitute” (“Although she may be cute/She’s just a substitute”). he said, “that I decided to celebrate the word with a song all its own” — which is how he came to write the Who’s 1966 hit “Substitute.”


The song "Tracks of My Tears" was originally created by Marv Tarplin, a young kitty who plays guitar for our act, according to Robinson, who also provided the following explanation. He had this musical idea, so we played around with it and eventually it became "Tracks of My Tears".


Motown founder Berry Gordy proclaimed it a masterpiece.



Song Lyrics and Guitar Chords for The Tracks of My Tears by Smokey Robinson and The Miracles


INTRO:

     G C     C D      G C  C Bm Am G

VERSE:

  G      C                       D         

People say I'm the life of the party            

   G             C      C*G                    

'cause I tell a joke or two                         

  G                  C                 D        A –

Although I might be laughing loud and hearty 

  G     C       C*G

Deep inside I'm blue

 

 

CHORUS:

           G    C          D

So take a good look at my face

               G     C            D

You'll see my smile looks out of place

              G           C        D

If you look closer, it's easy to trace

      D            G    C   C*G

The tracks of my tears.

 

 

BREAK:

G       C         G          C         G

I need you (need you), need you (need you)

 

 

VERSE:

 G         C              D            G

Since you left me if you see me with another girl

  C                     C*G

Seeming like I'm having fun

 G                   C

Although she may be cute

              D

She's just a substitute

        G           C        C*G

Because you're the permanent one.

 

 

CHORUS:

           G    C          D

So take a good look at my face

               G     C            D

You'll see my smile looks out of place

                    G           C        D

look a little bit closer, it's easy to trace

      D            G    C   C*G

The tracks of my tears.

 

 

BREAK:

G       C         G          C         G     G  (N.C.)

I need you (need you), need you (need you)

 

  C  G         C       G

      Hey hey hey yeah

    C  G              C  G

Outsiiiide I'm masquerading

   C   G           C  G

Inside my hope is fading

       C          G

Just a clown ooh yeah

           C      G

Since you put me down

    Em

My smile is my make up

                               D

I wear since my break up with you

 

 

CHORUS:

           G    C          D

So take a good look at my face

               G     C            D

You'll see my smile looks out of place

             G            C        D

If you look closer, it's easy to trace

      D            G     C              G

The tracks of my tears. Baby,baby,baby,baby

 

 

CHORUS:

        G    C          D

Take a good look at my face

               G     C             D

You'll see my smile looks out of place

              G           C        D

If you look closer, it's easy to trace

      D            G    C   C*G

The tracks of my tears.

Release Date

1965

Songwriter/s

William "Smokey" Robinson Jr. Warren Moore, Marvin Tarplin

Producer/s

Smokey Robinson

Label/s

Tamla

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