Dreaming with Tears in My Eyes
Jimmie Rodgers Lyrics


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My heart is longing for you, love
I cared for you more than you knew
Though you have broken each promise
Yesterday's dreams are untrue

Alone, I'll be yearning tomorrow
When sunshine brings memories of you
My sunshine will turn into sorrow
As a dream of the love you once knew

Why should I always be lonesome?
When sunny and blue are the skies
While shadows and loneliness linger
I'm dreaming with tears in my eyes

Why did you promise me sweetheart
Never to leave me alone?
Yesterday's sunshine is faded
You're love wasn't true like my own

Alone, I'll be yearning tomorrow
When sunshine brings memories of you
My sunshine will turn into sorrow
As a dream of the love we once knew

Why should I always be lonesome?
When sunny and blue are the skies




While shadows and loneliness linger
I'm dreaming with tears in my eyes

Overall Meaning

"Dreaming with Tears in My Eyes" is a heartbreaking song by Jimmie Rodgers that delves into the pain and longing of a person who has been left behind by their loved one. The lyrics convey a deep sense of longing and disappointment, as the singer reflects on a past love that has unraveled. They express their profound affection for the person, stating that they cared for them more than they ever knew. However, despite their devotion, the loved one has broken every promise made, causing the dreams they once shared to become untrue.


The singer sings about the loneliness they will experience in the future, as memories of their lost love flood their mind when the sun shines. The sunshine that used to bring joy and warmth to their heart now turns into sorrow, as they can only dream of the love they once knew. They question why they should always be left alone, when the skies are sunny and blue. The shadows of past memories and the loneliness that lingers haunt them, leaving them to dream with tears in their eyes.


In essence, "Dreaming with Tears in My Eyes" is a poignant expression of heartbreak and longing. It captures the emotions of someone who has been let down by a love that was never true, as they grapple with the pain of lost promises and shattered dreams. The melancholic tone of the song is amplified by Rodgers' soulful delivery, making it a powerful and emotive piece of music.


Line by Line Meaning

My heart is longing for you, love
I feel a deep and aching desire for your presence and affection


I cared for you more than you knew
I loved and nurtured you with a depth that you were unaware of


Though you have broken each promise
You have shattered every commitment and vow you made to me


Yesterday's dreams are untrue
The hopes and aspirations we had in the past have proven to be false and illusory


Alone, I'll be yearning tomorrow
I will experience intense longing and longing for you in the days to come, all by myself


When sunshine brings memories of you
Whenever the sun shines, it reminds me of the moments we shared together


My sunshine will turn into sorrow
But now, the joy and warmth that used to come from you has transformed into deep sadness


As a dream of the love you once knew
It feels like a distant dream, the love and affection we once had for each other


Why should I always be lonesome?
I question why I am constantly burdened and engulfed by loneliness


When sunny and blue are the skies
Even though the weather is pleasant and the skies are clear and vibrant


While shadows and loneliness linger
There is a persistent presence of darkness and isolation surrounding me


I'm dreaming with tears in my eyes
In my dreams, tears stream down my face, reflecting the pain and sadness I feel


Why did you promise me sweetheart
I wonder why you made heartfelt promises to me, my dear


Never to leave me alone?
To never abandon or forsake me in solitude


Yesterday's sunshine is faded
The brightness and happiness of the past have diminished and vanished


You're love wasn't true like my own
Your affection and devotion were not genuine and sincere as mine


Alone, I'll be yearning tomorrow
Once again, I will feel an intense longing and yearning for you in the days to come, all on my own


When sunshine brings memories of you
Whenever the sun shines, it triggers memories of our time together


My sunshine will turn into sorrow
But now, the happiness and warmth that used to come from you will transform into profound sadness


As a dream of the love we once knew
It will feel like a distant and fading dream, the love we once shared


Why should I always be lonesome?
Once again, I question why I am constantly burdened and overwhelmed by loneliness


When sunny and blue are the skies
Even though the weather is pleasant and the skies are clear and serene


While shadows and loneliness linger
There is an enduring presence of darkness and isolation that persists


I'm dreaming with tears in my eyes
In my dreams, tears stream down my face, highlighting the pain and sorrow I experience




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Comments from YouTube:

Joe Mc

My favorite Jimmie Rodgers song. Too much like my own life to hold back the tears

Savoy209

it never ends .. thank you jimmie, the Rawls family still remembers you.

Joy Smith

Voice and guitar all that’s needed Beautiful ❤️🎶🎶❤️

Jenny Line

My dad had most of Jimmie Rodger's old bluebird records...this who we listened to when I was growing up..
he was the best

Jack Caddell

Listening to this is the first time I've relaxed since the pandemic began 14 months ago.

wero8a1

What a beautiful song, bono from U2 did an also great job with this !!

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wero8a1 You’re right!!!

GravityAngel

0:08 My heart is longing for you, dear
I cared for you more then you knew
Though you have broken each promise
And yesterday's dreams are untrue

0:31 Alone, I'll be yearning tomorrow
When sunshine brings memories of you
My sunshine will turn into sorrow
As I dream of the love we once knew

0:53 Why should I always be lonely
When sunny and blue are the skies
While shadows and loneliness linger
I'm dreaming with tears in my eyes

1:36 Why did you promise me sweetheart
Never to leave me alone
Yesterday's sunshine is faded
Your love was not true like my own

1:59 Alone, I'll be yearning tomorrow
When sunshine brings memories of you
My sunshine will turn into sorrow
As I dream of the love we once knew

2:21 Why should I always be lonely
When sunny and blue are the skies
While shadows of loneliness linger
I'm dreaming with tears in my eyes

David Randall

Jimmy. Died. 1933 may. 26.

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