Seven Tears (song)

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"Seven Tears"
Goombay Dance Band Seven Tears single cover.jpg
Single by Goombay Dance Band
from the album Holiday in Paradise
Released 1981
Format 7", 12"
Genre Euro disco
Length 3:54
Label CBS, Epic
Writer(s) Wolff-Ekkehardt Stein, Wolfgang Jass
Producer(s) Jochen Peterson
Goombay Dance Band singles chronology
"Seven Tears"
"Christmas at Sea"

"Seven Tears" is a popular song by the Goombay Dance Band, released in 1981. It was released as the only single from their third studio album, Holiday in Paradise, and was subsequently featured on the UK-only compilation Seven Tears.

Written by Wolff-Ekkehardt Stein and Wolfgang Jass, and produced by Jochen Peterson, "Seven Tears" was a major hit across Europe in the winter and spring of 1982. The song spent three weeks at number one on the UK Singles Chart,[1] being only the second time a German act had topped the UK chart, six weeks after Kraftwerk had achieved that feat with "The Model".[2]

Track listings[edit]

7" vinyl single[3]
Side one
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Seven Tears" Wolff-Ekkehardt Stein, Wolfgang Jass 3:54
Side two
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Mama Coco" Uve Schikora 3:30
12" vinyl single[4]
Side one
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Seven Tears" (Extended Dance Mix) Wolff-Ekkehardt Stein, Wolfgang Jass 5:21
Side two
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Mama Coco" Uve Schikora 3:30

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (1981-82) Peak
Australia (Kent Music Report)[5] 25
Austrian Singles Chart[6] 15
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders)[7] 6
Dutch Singles Chart[8] 7
Dutch Top 40[9] 4
Germany (Official German Charts)[10] 13
Irish Singles Chart[11] 1
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)[12] 28
UK Singles Chart[1] 1
Preceded by
"The Lion Sleeps Tonight" by Tight Fit
UK number one single
23 March 1982 - 14 April 1982
Succeeded by
"My Camera Never Lies" by Bucks Fizz

Cover versions[edit]

  • French singer Séverine recorded a German version in 1981 named "Sieben Tränen".[13]
  • Dutch singer Arne Jansen recorded a Dutch version, named "Zeven brieven", which was a charting hit in 1982.[14]
  • The song was covered by Croatian pop singer Darko Domijan as "Sedam suza" in 1982.[15]
  • Croatian singer Maja Blagdan also covered the song as "Sedam suza" in 1997.[16]


  1. ^ a b "The Official Charts Company - Seven Tears by Goombay Dance Band Search". The Official Charts Company. 11 February 2015. [dead link]
  2. ^ Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. pp. 405–7. ISBN 1-904994-10-5. 
  3. ^ "Goombay Dance Band - Seven Tears (Vinyl) at Discogs". Retrieved 2015-02-10. 
  4. ^ "Goombay Dance Band - Seven Tears (Extended Dance Mix) (Vinyl) at Discogs". Retrieved 2015-02-10. 
  5. ^ Kent, David (1993). Australian Chart Book 1970–1992 (Illustrated ed.). Sydney: Australian Chart Book. ISBN 0-646-11917-6. 
  6. ^ "Discographie Goombay Dance Band". (in German). Retrieved 14 June 2009. 
  7. ^ " – Goombay Dance Band – Seven Tears" (in Dutch). Ultratop 50.
  8. ^ "Discografie Goombay Dance Band". (in Dutch). Retrieved 14 June 2009. 
  9. ^ "Top 40-lijst van week 25, 1982". (in Dutch). Retrieved 14 June 2009. 
  10. ^ " – Goombay Dance Band Single-Chartverfolgung" (in German). Media Control Charts. PhonoNet GmbH.
  11. ^ "The Irish Charts - All there is to know". Archived from the original on 3 June 2009. Retrieved 14 June 2009. 
  12. ^ " – Goombay Dance Band – Seven Tears". Top 40 Singles.
  13. ^ "Severine – Sieben Tränen muß ein Mädchen weinen, sieben Tränen auf dem Weg zur Frau Lyrics". (in German). Retrieved 2015-02-10. 
  14. ^ "Songtext von Arne Jansen - Zeven brieven Lyrics". (in German). Retrieved 2015-02-10. 
  15. ^ "Darko Domijan - Put U Raj (Vinyl, LP, Album) at Discogs". Retrieved 2015-02-10. 
  16. ^ "Maja Blagdan - Ljubavi Moja Jedina at Discogs". Retrieved 2015-02-10. 

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