Dancing with Tears in My Eyes

"Dancing with Tears in My Eyes" is the second single from Lament, Ultravox's seventh studio album, released in 1984.

The single effectively put Ultravox back on the map, peaking at no. 3 in the UK Singles Chart, and reaching the top 10 in several European countries. The song also entered the Australian and Canadian Top 75 but failed to chart in the US.

The 7" single was released in three versions: with a standard picture sleeve, with a gate-fold booklet sleeve, and with a gate-fold booklet sleeve and a clear vinyl disc. All versions had the same catalogue number, "UV 1", and the same tracks. The 12" was released in two versions, with the same catalogue number "UVX 1": in a stickered gatefold sleeve containing a band poster and in a standard picture sleeve.

The B-side, "Building", is a piano ballad. "Dancing with Tears in My Eyes" was the second song that Ultravox performed during the Live Aid charity event at the old Wembley Stadium, on 13 July 1985, for which Ure also played the lead guitar.


The video is about a nuclear power plant meltdown. The music video depicts Midge Ure driving home after discovering that a nuclear explosion is imminent. The video ends with the power plant exploding, and the image of a home movie of Ure, his wife (played by Diana Weston) and their child, with the visual effect of a melting film.

Track listing

7" vinyl

  • UK: Chrysalis – UV 1
  • Germany: Chrysalis – 106 449
  • US: Chrysalis – VS4 42781
  • Canada: Chrysalis – CHS – 42781

    12" vinyl (UK and Europe)

  • UK: Chrysalis - UVX 1
  • Germany: Chrysalis - 601 322

    12" vinyl (North America)

  • US: Chrysalis - 4V9 42783
  • Canada: Chrysalis - CS 42783

    Live cover performances

  • Midge Ure played the song at "Rockpalast Fall 2006".

    Chart performance

    Weekly charts

    Year-end charts