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"Golden Tears"
Single by Dave & Sugar
from the album Stay With Me/Golden Tears
Released January 1979
Format 7"
Recorded 1978
Genre Country
Length 2:28
Label RCA Records
Writer(s) John Schweers
Producer Jerry Bradley and Dave Rowland
Dave & Sugar singles chronology
"Tear Time"
"Golden Tears"
"Stay With Me"

"Golden Tears" is a song made famous by the country music trio Dave & Sugar. The song was released in 1979 and became the group's third and final No. 1 hit on the Billboard magazine Hot Country Singles chart.


Country music journalist Tom Roland called "Golden Tears" a "highly coindental release." Dave & Sugar frontman Dave Rowland, it seemed, had driven Chevrolets for most of his life, including the early period of Dave & Sugar's national success. However, Rowland had just purchased a new Lincoln when he heard the demo tape for the song. The song's first line in the refrain: "From a Chevy to a Lincoln ... ."[1]

The song is about a woman who marries a rich man for his money, but quickly realizes that money does not necessarily buy happiness. In one sense, it is also about life in the fast lane and, as Roland put it, "supported the adage, 'it's lonely at the top.'"[2]

Of Dave & Sugar's three No. 1 songs, "Golden Tears" was the only multi-week chart-topper, spending three weeks at No. 1 in March. The trio enjoyed several more top 10 singles thereafter before beginning to fade in popularity during the early 1980s.

Preceded by
"Every Which Way but Loose"
by Eddie Rabbitt
Billboard Hot Country Singles
number one single

March 3-March 17, 1979
Succeeded by
"I Just Fall in Love Again"
by Anne Murray


  1. ^ "The Billboard Book of Number One Country Hits" (Billboard Books, Watson-Guptill Publications, New York, 1991 (ISBN 0-82-307553-2)), p. 228-229.
  2. ^ ibid.


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