To Die For: 25 Flawless Songs About Death

Eric Clapton "Tears in Heaven" (1992)


March 20, 1991: Eric Clapton's four-year-old son Conor died accidentally when he fell from the window of a 53rd-floor apartment in New York City. Clapton was devestated; he dealt with the pain by writing "Tears in Heaven" with songwriter Will Jennings. The song dealt explicitly with the death of his son, and he credited it with enabling him to deal with his tragic passing. By the mid-2000s, he had stopped playing it in performances, saying that he could no longer connect with the same feelings he had when the song was initially written.

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