tears on my pillow
Martha Reeves & The Vandellas Lyrics


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People say I'm the life of the party
Because I tell a joke or two
Although I might be laughing loud and hearty
Deep inside I'm blue
So take a good look at my face
You'll see my smile looks out of place

If you look closer, it's easy to trace
The tracks of my tears
I need you, need you
Since you left me if you see me with another girl
Seeming like I'm having fun
Although she may be cute

She's just a substitute
Because you're the permanent one
So take a good look at my face
You'll see my smile looks out of place
If you look closer, it's easy to trace
The tracks of my tears

I need you, need you
Outside I'm masquerading
Inside my hope is fading
Just a clown oh yeah
Since you put me down
My smile is my make up

I wear since my break up with you
So take a good look at my face
You'll see my smile looks out of place




If you look closer, it's easy to trace
The tracks of my tears

Overall Meaning

The song "The Tracks of My Tears" by Martha Reeves & The Vandellas is a poignant portrayal of a person's struggle with heartbreak and loneliness. The lyrics of the song describe a person who seems to be the life of the party, always laughing and joking, but deep inside, they are filled with sorrow and pain. The song highlights the idea that people often wear masks to hide their true emotions from others.


The opening lines of the song, "People say I'm the life of the party because I tell a joke or two" reveal that the person is trying to put up a happy facade in front of others to hide the pain they are feeling inside. The chorus "So take a good look at my face, you'll see my smile looks out of place, if you look closer, it's easy to trace the tracks of my tears" suggests that the person is crying inside, and their attempts to mask their emotions are not working.


The song conveys a universal theme of heartbreak and the pain of lost love. Through its profound lyrics, "The Tracks of My Tears" has become an iconic song that has been covered by numerous artists over the years, and its legacy continues to resonate with audiences everywhere.


Line by Line Meaning

People say I'm the life of the party
People think I'm always happy and having fun


Because I tell a joke or two
Because I try to make others laugh to hide my true feelings


Although I might be laughing loud and hearty
Even though I may appear happy and carefree


Deep inside I'm blue
Inside, I'm actually sad and hurting


So take a good look at my face
If you really look at me closely


You'll see my smile looks out of place
You'll see that my smile doesn't fit my true emotions


If you look closer, it's easy to trace
If you pay attention, you can see


The tracks of my tears
The evidence of me crying and feeling sad


I need you, need you
I really miss and crave you


Since you left me if you see me with another girl
If you see me with someone else since you left me


Seeming like I'm having fun
Appearing to be enjoying myself


Although she may be cute
Even though she's attractive


She's just a substitute
She's just a temporary replacement


Because you're the permanent one
Because you're the one I really want to be with


Outside I'm masquerading
Externally, I'm pretending to be something I'm not


Inside my hope is fading
Internally, I'm losing hope and feeling hopeless


Just a clown oh yeah
I'm just a fool and feeling foolish


Since you put me down
Since you broke up with me


My smile is my make up
I use my smile to cover up my true feelings


I wear since my break up with you
I've been using my smile as a facade since we broke up


So take a good look at my face
If you really look at me closely


You'll see my smile looks out of place
You'll see that my smile doesn't fit my true emotions


If you look closer, it's easy to trace
If you pay attention, you can see


The tracks of my tears
The evidence of me crying and feeling sad




Lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC
Written by: Marvin Tarplin, Smokey Robinson, Warren Moore, William Robinson Jr.

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@migueltomlinson6131

Martha was noone to play with vocally!!!