"Tracks Of My Tears" by Big Country
From the Album "King Biscuit Flower Hour"

Lyrics and music: Smokey Robinson, Warren “Pete” Moore & Marvin Tarplin
Original artist: Smokey Robinson & the Miracles

Tab by Colin Dawson - colin_g_dawson@hotmail.com - February 2006

Comments and corrections welcome!

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h = hammer
p = pull
s = slide
sd = slide down
r = let ring (sustain)

Intro;

  E     A      A     B           E     A        A E B E
E|---0----0------0------0-2-0------0-----0--------------0---|
B|0---0-2--2---2---2-4--------4--0---0-2---2----2-0-------0-|
G|1-----2----2-2-----4-----------1-----2-----2--2-1-4-1-----| Play four times
D|2-----2------2-----4-----------2-----2--------2-2-4-2-----|
A|2-----0------4-----------------2-----0------------2-2-----|
E|0------------------------------0--------------------0-----|

 

Verse 1;

E         A           A           B
   People say I’m the life of the party

E              A            A E B E
Cause I tell a joke or two

             E        A        A          B
And though I might be laughing   Loud and hearty

E         A             A E B E
   Deep inside I’m blue

Chorus;

          E    A          A     B
So take a good look at my face

              E     A            A     B
You’ll see my smile looks out of place

            E           A       A        B
If you look closer it’s easy to trace

                 E      A     A E B E
The tracks of my tears

 

Middle bit;

       E                   E
I need you (need you) need you (need you)

 

Intro;

  E     A      A     B           E     A        A E B E
E|---0----0------0------0-2-0------0-----0--------------0---|
B|0---0-2--2---2---2-4--------4--0---0-2---2----2-0-------0-|
G|1-----2----2-2-----4-----------1-----2-----2--2-1-4-1-----| Play twice
D|2-----2------2-----4-----------2-----2--------2-2-4-2-----|
A|2-----0------4-----------------2-----0------------2-2-----|
E|0------------------------------0--------------------0-----|

E           A              A             B
  Since you left me if you see me with another girl

E                A             A E B E
   Look like I’m having fun

             E        A                 A        B
Although she might be cute she’s just a    substitute

        E              A              A E B E
Because     you’re the permanent one

 

Chorus;

          E    A          A     B
So take a good look at my face

              E     A            A     B
You’ll see my smile looks out of place

            E           A       A        B
If you look closer it’s easy to trace

                 E      A     A E B E
The tracks of my tears

 

Middle bit;

       E                   E
I need you (need you) need you (need you)

    A                E
(Outside) I’m masquerading

   A                E
(Inside) my love is fading

            E                           A
(I’m just a clown) Ooh, yeah, since you put me down

   C#m                   C#m                         B
My smile is my make-up I wear since my break-up with you

 

Chorus;

            E    A          A     B
Baby take a good look at my face

       E           A             A     B
You’ll see my smile looks out of place

            E           A       A        B
If you look closer it’s easy to trace

                 E      A     A E B E
The tracks of my tears

 

Chords:

CHORD | E A D G B E
A     | 0 0 2 2 2 0
A     | 0 4 2 2 2 0
B     | 2 2 4 4 4 2
C#m   | 4 4 6 6 5 4
E     | 0 2 2 1 0 0