About the song

Ah, Conway Twitty. Now there’s a name that evokes a bygone era of country music, a time of weepin’ steel guitars and heartbreak ballads. Twitty, with his deep, resonant baritone and a touch of rockabilly swagger, carved out a unique space in the genre, becoming a legend who transcended country music itself.

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Today, we delve into one of Twitty’s lesser-known gems, a song that encapsulates the raw pain of betrayal and lost love: Eternal Tears. Released in, well, pinpointing the exact year might be tricky (reliable sources like Twitty’s biography on Wikipedia don’t list it amongst his major hits), Eternal Tears stands as a testament to Twitty’s ability to deliver a powerful emotional punch even outside the mainstream spotlight.

The song itself is a stark and melancholic affair. The instrumentation is stripped down, likely just acoustic guitar and pedal steel, placing the focus squarely on Twitty’s voice and the poignant lyrics. The opening lines paint a picture of a man on the precipice of despair: “I find that I have three last steps to go / The first step was heartache, the one I took when you cheated.” The imagery is direct, leaving no room for ambiguity. The betrayal has been a blow, a first step on a path towards a sorrowful end.

Eternal Tears doesn’t dwell on the details of the infidelity. Twitty, a master storyteller, uses suggestion to evoke a deeper sense of loss. He speaks of “the next step” being heartbreak, implying a period of agonizing grief after the discovery. The final step, the one he’s “picking now,” is shrouded in mystery. Is it leaving? Is it a metaphor for succumbing to the weight of his sorrow? The ambiguity adds a layer of intrigue, allowing the listener to project their own interpretation onto the narrative.

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The chorus is where the song truly takes flight. Twitty’s voice, heavy with emotion, croons, “So near the last step I’m taking / Now that you love another because you lie / I cry these Eternal Tears.” The repeated phrase, “Eternal Tears,” becomes a desperate plea, a cry of anguish that seems to echo into eternity. The love that once existed is now replaced by a hollowness, a sense of unending sorrow.

The second verse delves deeper into the protagonist’s emotional state. He sings, “My journey is over now and I realize / These Eternal Tears forever I cry.” The journey, presumably the relationship, has reached its inevitable conclusion. The future stretches out before him, a desolate landscape filled with nothing but the constant sting of heartbreak.

Eternal Tears might not be a chart-topping hit, but within the realm of country music, it holds a certain weight. It’s a song that resonates with anyone who has experienced the devastating effects of betrayal. Twitty’s raw performance and the evocative lyrics create a powerful emotional connection, reminding us that sometimes, love’s wounds can leave scars that seem to last an eternity.

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Lyrics

“Eternal Tears”

Well, I have walked love’s winding pathway
Seeking to find love’s treasures untold
And just when I reached the end of my journey
I’d find that I have three last steps to go

The first step was heartache I took when you cheated
The next step was heartbreak he held you so near
The last step I’m taking now that you love another
Because you lie I cry these eternal tears

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My fortune to love like rain from above
I never know eternaly I love you so

My journey is over now and I realized
These eternal tears forever I’ll cry

My fortune to love like rain from above
I never know eternaly I love you so

My journey is over now and I realized
These eternal tears forever I’ll cry

My journey is over now and I realized
These eternal tears forever I’ll cry