If he brings you happiness
Then I wish you all the best
It’s your happiness that matters most of all
But if he ever breaks your heart
If the teardrops ever start
I’ll be there before the next teardrop falls

Si te quiere de verdad
Y te da felicidad
Te deseo lo más bueno pa’ los dos
Pero si te hace llorar
A mé me puedes hablar
Y estaré contigo cuando triste estás

Song Story

Another song about unrequited love, “Before the Next Teardrop Falls” is about a man’s undaunted determination to save his heart for the just-departed object of his deep love. Hoping that the woman’s new relationship does not work out, he still clings to it and believes that she will remember his love and love him in return.

It is indeed difficult to love someone with that person not paying that love back. This song just gives all the feels and hope despite the new situation happening between both lovers. In addition, this song narrates that the man is ready to be beside the woman if ever her new partner makes her cry and leaves her.

This song showcases Fender’s tenor and Meaux’s Tex-Mex musical styling. “Before the Next Teardrop Falls” jump-started his career. In the months and years that followed, Fender recorded several bilingual standards which became major hits, most notably “Secret Love“.

Texas Tornados Perform "Before The Next Teardrop Falls" 1

Freddy Fender and the Texas Tornados. (Photo by wideopencountry.com)

Song Facts

Originally penned by Vivian Keith and Ben Peters, “Before the Next Teardrop Falls” is an American country and pop song famously recorded by Freddy Fender. Recorded more than two dozen times, the song was written in 1967.

Aside from the success of Fender and his band, Texas Tornados, with this song, “Before the Next Teardrop Falls” had achieved its success in different versions and covers from a number of artists. In 1968, the original version by Duane Dee ranked no. 44 on the Billboard country chart. On the other hand, Linda Martell’s version reached no. 33 in 1970. Jerry Lee Lewis also recorded a cover of the song in 1969 and included it on his album, Another Place Another Time.

The Song’s Success

Selling out over 1 million units, “Before the Next Teardrop Falls” was certified gold by the Recording Industry Association of America. In 1975, the song also won the Single of the Year award from the Country Music Association. Moreover, it has led Fender to win that year’s Album of the Year and Male Vocalist of the Year awards.

Aside from the accolades, “Before the Next Teardrop Falls” was used in the movie The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada in 2005 in which  Tommy Lee Jones starred and directed.

Furthermore, “Before the Next Teardrop Falls” was one of six songs released in 1975 that topped both the Billboard Hot 100 and Billboard Hot Country Singles charts.

Watch Freddy Fender and the Texas Tornados perform “Before the Next Teardrop Falls” live in Austin, Texas.

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