Tears of Pearls
Savage Garden Lyrics


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And we stare each other down
Like victims in the grind
Probing all the weakness and
Hurt still left behind and we cry
The tears of pearls
We do it. Oh we do it.

Is love really the tragedy the way you
Might describe?
Or would a thousand lovers
Still leave you cold inside?
Make you cry
These tears of pearls

All these mixed emotions
We keep locked away like stolen pearls
Stolen pearl devotions we
Keep locked away from all the world

Your kisses are like pearls,
So different and so rare
But anger stole the jewels away
And love has left you bare,
Made you cry
These tears of pearls

Well I could be the tired joker
Pour my heart to get you in
Sacrifice my happiness just so I could win
Maybe cry
These tears of pearls

All these mixed emotions
We keep locked away like stolen pearls
Stolen pearl devotions we
Keep locked away from all the world

We twist and turn where angels burn
Like fallen soldiers we will learn
Once forgotten, twice removed
Love will be the death
The death of you

All these mixed emotions
We keep locked away like stolen pearls




Stolen pearl devotions we
Keep locked away from all the world

Overall Meaning

The lyrics of "Tears of Pearls" by Savage Garden describe a relationship marked by hurt and vulnerability. The lovers stare each other down, probing each other's weaknesses and the hurts that still linger. These emotions are so intense that they are compared to tears of pearls. The lines "Is love really the tragedy the way you might describe? / Or would a thousand lovers still leave you cold inside?" suggest that despite the intensity of their emotions, they are struggling to find a love that can truly satisfy them.


The song continues with descriptions of emotions that are kept hidden from the world, like stolen pearls. The imagery of pearls is used here to suggest that these emotions are valuable, but also vulnerable to being stolen or lost. The chorus repeats, with the lovers crying tears of pearls and questioning whether love is worth the pain it causes. The lines "Your kisses are like pearls, / So different and so rare / But anger stole the jewels away / And love has left you bare" suggest that even though love can be precious like pearls, it can also be taken away just as easily.


The song concludes with the lines "We twist and turn where angels burn / Like fallen soldiers we will learn / Once forgotten, twice removed / Love will be the death / The death of you." These metaphors suggest that love can be a struggle and that it can bring pain and even cause one's own downfall. The use of the image of pearls throughout the lyrics adds a layer of metaphorical complexity to an already emotionally charged song.


Line by Line Meaning

And we stare each other down
We look into each other's eyes, searching for any sign of weakness.


Like victims in the grind
Our relationship often feels like it is struggling to survive.


Probing all the weakness and
We explore each other's vulnerabilities because we're both hurt.


Hurt still left behind and we cry
We are both still in pain and we can't help but cry.


The tears of pearls
Our tears are like precious pearls.


We do it. Oh we do it.
We can't help but cry, we do it a lot.


Is love really the tragedy the way you
Love can be considered a tragedy if you frame it that way.


Might describe?


Or would a thousand lovers
Having many lovers may not be enough to fill an emotional gap.


Still leave you cold inside?
It's possible to still feel empty even if you have many lovers.


Make you cry
It can still hurt, even with many lovers.


These tears of pearls
We still cry tears that are like precious pearls.


All these mixed emotions
We have many different feelings and they are often conflicting.


We keep locked away like stolen pearls
We keep our emotions hidden away and protected, like stolen pearls.


Stolen pearl devotions we
Our devotion to each other is like stolen pearls.


Keep locked away from all the world
We keep our love hidden from others, and we keep it to ourselves.


Your kisses are like pearls,
Your kisses are rare and precious.


So different and so rare
Your kisses are unique and very special.


But anger stole the jewels away
But anger and hurt have taken away the precious parts of our relationship.


And love has left you bare,
Our love has left us feeling exposed and vulnerable.


Made you cry
Our love has made us cry.


These tears of pearls
Our tears are like precious pearls.


Well I could be the tired joker
I could put on a facade of being happy, even though I am exhausted.


Pour my heart to get you in
I could open up and pour out my heart to try and win you over.


Sacrifice my happiness just so I could win
I would give up my own happiness to try to make our relationship work.


Maybe cry
I might end up crying regardless.


These tears of pearls
Our tears are like precious pearls.


We twist and turn where angels burn
Our relationship feels like it is in chaos, where even angels may struggle.


Like fallen soldiers we will learn
As our relationship struggles, we will learn from the mistakes and the hardships that we face.


Once forgotten, twice removed
We may forget our love for each other, but only time will tell.


Love will be the death
Our love may be the downfall of our relationship.


The death of you
Our love will lead to the loss of you from my life.


All these mixed emotions
We have many different feelings and they are often conflicting.


We keep locked away like stolen pearls
We keep our emotions hidden away, as if they are precious pearls that need protecting.


Stolen pearl devotions we
Our devotion to each other is like stolen pearls.


Keep locked away from all the world
We keep our love hidden from others and only between us.




Lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC
Written by: DANIEL JONES, DARREN HAYES

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