Tears Dry on Their Own

Album: Back to Black (2006)
Charted: 16
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Songfacts®:

  • Like the other songs on the Back to Black album, this was written during a difficult time in Winehouse's life. Her then boyfriend Blake Fielder-Civil had abandoned her to return to his previous girlfriend, leaving Amy devastated. In an interview with the Sun newspaper October 27, 2006 Amy explained: "'Tears Dry On Their Own' is a track about the breakup with Blake, my ex. Most of these songs are about him. I shouldn't have been in a relationship with him because he was already involved with someone else a bit too close to home. The song is about when we split up and saying to myself: 'Yes, you're sad but you'll get over it.' And I did."

    Blake subsequently returned to Amy and they got married in May 2007.
  • This is based around the background music arrangement for the Ashford and Simpson Motown song "Ain't No Mountain High Enough," which was an American #1 for Diana Ross in 1970.
  • Amy told the crowd at Shepherd's Bush in 2007: "This song's about when you're in a relationship and you know it's going to end, and you know you're going to be upset, but you know that you have to do it." >>
    Suggestion credit:
    Peter - Belfast, United Kingdom

Comments: 5

  • Si from Auckland, New ZealandI was listening to this song over and over again when I was in unrequited love with a guy. Although I wish he, or someone, could wipe away the tears, ultimately it is only you who can save yourself, and you grow because of that. It is sad in a way, that you're picking up the pieces, but it's good at the same time that you're growing stronger. I really like how this song reflects this confused sense of loss and gain at the same time.
  • Stingrae from Washington, DcRegardless of what she may be going thru, Amy Winehouse is a Phenomenal singer. She's a typical person who goes thru typical issues like everyone else in the world. She just happens to be in the spotlight because of her fame. I'd love to be included in a Jam session with her or sing for/with her. Amy, God is your ONLY judge and I'll keep you in my prayers.
  • Amy from Liverpool, United KingdomAmy's a brilliant singer but she needs to get her act together if shes ever going to be seen seriously in the eyes of the public.
  • Tiffany from Little Rock, ArThis is a really nice, uptempo arrangement of A&S's original tune. I think it's also the most "uplifting" of songs on Back to Black, as this is the song where Amy realizes she's "grown" and can get on without her ex.
  • Freya from Walsall, United KingdomIT IS AREALLY GREAT SONG
    AND AMY WINEHOUSE IS REALLY TALENTED SO I THINK SHE IS FANTASTIC
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