Song of the Day #2,628: ‘Laid So Low (Tears Roll Down)’ – Tears for Fears

tears_for_fears_laid_so_lowOne thing I enjoy about Random iTunes Weekends is they allow me to dive into the back stories of songs and bands about which I don’t know much.

I own Tears for Fears’ greatest hits album, 1982’s Tears Roll Down, but I had no idea it was released a year after the band broke up. Or, more specifically, a year after founding member Curt Smith left and co-founder Roland Orzabal continued recording under the Tears for Fears moniker in his absence.

Today’s SOTD was the first post-Smith release, a reworked version of an earlier instrumental track, and it served as the lead single for the greatest hits collection that shared its name.

Smith eventually returned to the band in 2000 and the duo has recorded and toured together since.

Chewed the bone down too low
Got fed on tea and sympathy
Blew the sail like the wind
I wish you were my enemy
I was humble for you
What a fool I’ve been to have
Laid so low for so long

Into that void of silence
Where we cry without sound
Where tears roll down
Where tears roll down
And where your mother’s violence
Sent your soul underground
Where tears roll down
Where tears roll down

Drew the blade way too slow
Was shackled by your honesty
Made a mess, I guess I have should have known
That life was lust and liberty
Not a chance mutation or the last temptation
Laid so low for so long, so low

Into that void of silence
Where we cry without sound
Where tears roll down
Where tears roll down
And where your mother’s violence
Sent your soul underground
Where tears roll down
Where tears roll down

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One thought on “Song of the Day #2,628: ‘Laid So Low (Tears Roll Down)’ – Tears for Fears

  1. Dana says:

    I suspect Curt Smith was the “Oats” of Tears for Fears, or maybe the “Garfunkel.” Anyway, I doubt his absence was missed, nor do I think his return was all that noticed. I was into this band for a few years in my college years, and then I moved on, as I think did the rest of the world.

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