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Tracks of My Tears

Smokey Robinson and The Miracles

from the album Going to a Go-Go released in 1965

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Lyrics

Intro

G C ... C D ... G C ... C G/B Am G

Verse

G C D ...People say I'm the life of the party G C C G/B Am G 'Cause I tell a joke or two G C D Although I might be laughing loud and hearty G C C G/B Am G Deep inside I am blue

Chorus

G C D So take a good------ look at my face... G C D You'll see my smile----- looks out of place... G C D If you look closer it's easy to trace... G C C G/B Am G The tracks of my tears... (repeat verse & chorus progressions for each matching section below)

Bridge

C G C G 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 C G C G G (let ring, one measure break) I need you...... need you....... C G C G .......Yeah, baby.... C G C G ...Outside..... I'm masquerading...... C G C G Inside...... my hope is fading..... C G C G I'm just a clown...... since you put me down...... C* D My smile is my make-up I wear since my break-up with you (* = see Notes & Tab section for alternate riff you can play here) Baby, take a good look at my face You'll see my smile looks out of place Yeah, just look closer it's easy to trace The tracks of my tears Baby, baby, baby... 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 (repeat chorus to end)

Notes & Tabs

Guitar Chords Used

Here is how to play the chords used in this song a guitar. Note, this is mainly a three chord song (G, C, and D) so you can approach the chords from a few different angles. Here are some of the approaches you can take. You can use as few or as many of these variations as you choose -- it all depends on the sound you're aiming for, etc.

e-|---3---0---2---  ---3-----------  ---3-----------
B-|---0---1---3---  ---0---1---3---  ---3---5---7---
G-|---0---0---2---  ---0---0---0---  ---4---5---7---
D-|---0---2---0---  ---0---2---4---  ---5---5---7---
A-|---2---3-------  ---2---3---5---  ---5---3---5---
E-|---3-----------  ---3-----------  ---3-----------
      G   C   D        G   C   D        G   C   D 

Main Walkdown Riff

There is one main riff that occurs through the song, that being the bass walkdown from C to G. At its simplest, you can play this by only focusing on the bassnotes as follows:

e-|---------------------3------0------------------
B-|---------------------0------1------------------
G-|---------------------0------0------------------
D-|---------------------0------2------------------
A-|---------------------2------3-----3--2--0------
E-|---------------------3---------------------3---
                        G      C              G 
      "The tracks of my tears..."

However, I like to often play more than just the bassnote. Here is the same sequence but with a few more strings accompanying each note of the walkdown:

e-|---------------------3------0--------------------------
B-|---------------------0------1--------------------------
G-|---------------------0------0--------0---0---2---------
D-|---------------------0------2--------2---0---2---0-----
A-|---------------------2------3--------3---2---0---2-----
E-|---------------------3---------------------------3-----
                        G      C        C  G/B  Am  G 
      "The tracks of my tears..."

Alternate Bridge Walkdown

At the end of the bridge, there is a prolonged walkdown section that slightly differs from the one above. Here is how I play it. This one is a bit more difficult to pull off, but sounds great in contributing toward the song's build up. This is simply a G-Bm-Am progression that repeats several times. Check out the guitarist in the video section of this page to see how this is played.

e-|------3-----2---0----3----2---0---3----2-----0---3-----2---0----2------
B-|------3-----3---1----3----3---1---3----3-----1---3-----3---1----3------
G-|------4-----4---2----4----4---2---4----4-----2---4-----4---2----2------
D-|------5-----4---2----5----4---2---5----4-----2---5-----4---2----0------
A-|-----------------------------------------------------------------------
E-|-----------------------------------------------------------------------
         G     Bm  Am   G    Bm  Am  G    Bm    Am  G     Bm  Am   D 
     "My smile is  my   make-up  I   wear since my  break up  with you..." 

Videos

Official Album Version

Here is the original recorded version by Smokey Robinson and the Miracles. Refer to this video if you don't have the song handy otherwise. Listening along for reference always helps.



Live Smokey Robinson Version

Here is a nice, subdued version performed by Smokey Robinson on the Merv Griffin show. Very stripped down and bare, which is nice to hear.



Adam Lambert American Idol Version

I first learned of this song through American Idol, when Adam Lambert sang it with Smokey Robinson as a mentor. Absolutely love the stripped down quality of this version as well.



Basic Guitar Lesson

Here is a very simple guitar lesson if you want a instructional primer for this song.



How to Play the Intro

The intro, originally played on electric guitar, is broken down in a few videos here. First, this shows a simple way you can play it:



And if you want a more advanced version that is closer to how it is probably truly played, check this out.



Chord Progressions

Intro

| G . . . | C . . . | C . . . | D . . . |
| G . . . | C . . . | C . . . | G . . . |
            (...with walkdown on final C)

Verse

"People say I'm the life of the party..."
| G . . . | C . . . | C . . . | D . . . |
| G . . . | C . . . | C . . . | G . . . |
            (...with walkdown on final C)

Chorus

"So take a good look at my face..."
| G . . . | C . . . | C . . . | D . . . |
| G . . . | C . . . | C . . . | D . . . |
| G . . . | C . . . | C . . . | D . . . |
| G . . . | C . . . | C . . . | G . . . |
            (...with walkdown on final C)

Bridge

"I need you... need you..."
| C . . G . . . . | C . . G . . . . |
                 (...repeat as necessary)

Song Info

Song: Tracks of My Tears
Artist: Smokey Robinson and The Miracles
Album: Going to a Go-Go
Year: 1965
Label: Tamla

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Since I started playing guitar over 10 years ago, I've often been frustrated by the preponderance of mediocre and incomplete song tabs littered across the internet. To combat this, I started keeping my own collection of notes for each song I learn -- always taking the extra time to make sure accuracy and completeness are never compromised. Years later, my collection grew to the point where I knew I had to share it online with fellow aspiring musicians.

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