Dry Your Eyes

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This article is about the song by The Streets. For the BBC Northern Ireland comedy series, see Dry Your Eyes (TV series). For the song by Neil Diamond and Robbie Robertson, see The Last Waltz.
"Dry Your Eyes"
Single by The Streets
from the album A Grand Don't Come for Free
Released 19 July 2004
Format CD
Genre Alternative hip hop
Length 4:32
Label 679
Writer(s) The Streets
Producer(s) The Streets
The Streets singles chronology
"Fit But You Know It"
"Dry Your Eyes"
"Blinded by the Lights"

"Dry Your Eyes" is a song written by English rappers The Streets for their second album A Grand Don't Come for Free (2004). The song describes the persona trying to cope with his girlfriend breaking up with him. It was released as the album's second single on 19 July 2004. The song is The Streets' most successful single, reaching number one in the United Kingdom on 25 July 2004, six days after its release.[1] "Dry Your Eyes" also went straight to number one in Ireland staying there for three weeks in a row.

In Australia, the song was ranked #19 on Triple J's Hottest 100 of 2004. In October 2011, NME placed it at number 87 on its list "150 Best Tracks of the Past 15 Years".[2]

Music structure[edit]

"Dry Your Eyes" is a composed in the key of A major. It is written in common time and moves at a slow tempo of 80 beats per minute. The song is carried by a first inverted triad.[3]

The radio edit of the song, lasting 3:22, omits the bridge and third verse. The official video uses this edit.

The melody was taken straight from a royalty-free samples CD released in 1999.[4] A plagiarism claim by unknown artist Epic was reported in the press in 2004, but no case was ever made.[5]

Cover versions[edit]

Track listing[edit]


  1. "Dry Your Eyes"
  2. "It's Too Late (Live Radio Session)"

Australian/UK CD2:

  1. "Dry Your Eyes"
  2. "Let's Push Things Forward (Live Radio Session)"
  3. "Has It Come To This? (Live Radio Session)"
  4. "Dry Your Eyes (Enhanced Video)"
Preceded by
"Lola's Theme" by Shapeshifters
UK Singles Chart number-one single
25 July 2004 – 31 July 2004
Succeeded by
"Thunderbirds/3am" by Busted


  1. ^ Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 701. ISBN 1-904994-10-5. 
  2. ^ "150 Best Tracks Of The Past 15 Years". Nme.Com. 2014-03-26. Retrieved 2014-04-02. 
  3. ^ Sheet music for "Dry Your Eyes". Hal Leonard Corporation. 2004.
  4. ^ "Streets Star: I'm Confused About Plagiarism Claims". Contactmusic.com. Retrieved 2014-04-02. 
  5. ^ "Streets Star Hits Back At Plagiarism Claims". Contactmusic.com. Retrieved 2014-04-02.