Born on 30 March 1945 – Eric Clapton is one of the many best guitarists that the world ever has. If we start to write about Clapton’s career and his music story, probably this post would not have an end.
He is the reason for bands like The Yardbirds, Derek and the Dominos and Cream. Eric Clapton had a lot of collaborations together with artists such as B.B. King, J.J. Cale, Mark Knopfler, Phil Collins, Elton John, Carlos Santana, Jeff Beck, John Lennon, and Keith Richards.
Those names are big proof for his successful career, his variety, and his talent and music sense about creating songs. Even today, we can’t choose which are the best songs from him. Over 50 years of music activity he is still fresh and ready for something new.
His masterpieces of songs will be forever in this world, and his amazing lyrics will be forever in many people’s ears.
Anyway, we just want to take a look back at his lyrics and his quotes. In the early 70s and late 80s, there was one sentence that many people used: “Clapton is God”. We can now say that “Clapton is Legend” such as Mark Knopfler is for his fans.
This song is written by J.J. Cale for Clapton’s 1977 album “Slowhand”. The song reached the number three spot on the Canadian RPM Top Singles chart and number 30 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 chart.
An interesting fact for this song is that if fans have carefully begun to listen, they will found that this song is “cleverly anti-cocaine.”
Clapton used cocaine and alcohol as a way to curb his heroin addiction and he felt that he was able to sing about it because he didn’t believe it controlled his life and he could quit whenever he wanted. Eric Clapton clearly stated that the song is – “quite clearly anti-cocaine”.
“If your day is gone
And you want to ride on
Don’t forget this fact
You can’t get it back
“Tears in Heaven”
“Tears in Heaven” is one of the most personal songs from Eric Clapton. This song is co-written with Will Jennings about the intense pain which Clapton experienced after the death of his four-year-old son Conor.
We do not want to write any more about Clapton’s loss, because it was long ago and we know that many of our readers and fans already know that sad story. In 2004 Clapton decided he would not sing “Tears in Heaven” anymore because he no longer experienced the intense feelings of loss that he had when he wrote the song. Those feelings, according to Clapton, are an important part of performing the song.
“Tears in Heaven” won the Grammy awards for Song of the Year, Record of the Year and Best Male Pop Performance of the Year. The video for “Tears in Heaven” took home the 1992 MTV Music Award for Best Male Video. The best and most heart-breaking verse of the song:
“Would you know my name
If I saw you in heaven?
Would you feel the same
If I saw you in heaven?”
“Let it Rain”
Realizing how deeply in love he is, “Let it Rain” song – tell us the story of a man besotted by a woman. All that he wants is just to be immersed in her love. When you are in love, you will do everything about your lovely woman.
This song is single written and released by Clapton on his debut album from 1970 – Eric Clapton. The song is released as a single in 1972, and the best verse of the song is:
“Her life was like a desert flower
Burning in the sun
Until I found the way to love
It’s harder said than done”
All in all, if we throw back at Eric Clapton’s life, we will see many sad and happy moments but we all just want one thing, and that is his songs and his music! we all have sad and happy moments, but what stays forever from us is our soul and our words.
“In my lowest moments, the only reason I didn’t commit suicide was that I knew I wouldn’t be able to drink anymore if I was dead.” – Eric Clapton.
“Risk is trying to control something you are powerless over.” – Eric Clapton.
“One of the most beneficial things I’ve ever learned is how to keep my mouth shut.” – Eric Clapton.
“When all the original blues guys are gone, you start to realize that someone has to tend to the tradition. I recognize that I have some responsibility to keep the music alive, and it’s a pretty honorable position to be in.” – Eric Clapton.