Popular Music/The Weeknd/Save Your Tears

"Save Your Tears" is a song by Canadian singer-songwriter The Weeknd. It was released on August 9, 2020, as the fourth single of his fourth studio album, After Hours (2020). It was written by the Weeknd himself and co-written by Ahmad Balshe, Jason Quenneville, Max Martin, and Oscar Holter. The song has been extremely well-received by music critics and music reviewers, who have praised the Weeknd's vocals. Billboard hailed the song as the best song on the album, praising it as being "one of the most pop-driven songs on the album", further praising the Weeknd for his honesty in admitting and taking responsibility for past mistakes with his lovers and for not "[holding] back when it comes to the rather cold nature he usually finds himself adopting when it comes to his lovers."

Background and promotionEdit

On July 12, 2019, a snippet of the track surfaced online, leading many fans to believe that it was set to appear on After Hours. On March 17, 2020, the music identifying app Shazam revealed that the record would be the eleventh song on the Weeknd's fourth studio album. Later that day, the Weeknd confirmed the piece's presence as the album's track list was released.


The song is in the key of C Major and is set to a tempo of 118 beats per minute. The Weeknd's vocal range spans from the low note of G3 to the high note of A4.

Lyrically, the song is about past relationships and is meant as a recollection on the experiences that the Weeknd experienced with his ex-girlfriend, simultaneously providing support for her. Genius describes the song as bright, upbeat, and synth-heavy, in contrast with the "darker, muddier tracks seen during the middle of the record." In the song, he admits and owns his past mistakes of rudely abandoning the girl. Genius explains the line "I don't know why I run away" as the Weeknd admitting to his mistakes: "Abel admits that he abandons his former relationship when he is having problems with his girl but is trying to figure out why he reacts like this when the issues between them both become difficult to handle." The girl is understandably hurt, and the Weeknd is understanding, too, admitting that his actions were "insensitive" when he deserted her.

Music videoEdit

The music video was uploaded on January 5, 2021, at noon EST (17:00 UTC). As of November 2022, the video has over 976 million views. The table below shows a history of the cumulative view count, as of noon EDT (16:00 UTC) each day, for the past 7 days. Note that due to daylight saving time, noon EDT is one hour earlier in the day than noon EST, so the age of the video, in days, is not an integer.

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