April 6, 2006

Dry Your Eyes (Skinner v. Martin)

Thanks to my favorite music tipster, I went on a quest yesterday to find a rare version of a song from The Streets that is one of Mike Skinner’s most personal (and pretty) songs ever, now made even better.

“Dry Your Eyes” was featured on A Grand Don’t Come For Free, but the specific version I was seeking featured Chris Martin from Coldplay providing the vocals for the hook. The result of the joint effort is a song makes me feel like something is broken inside; the strings eviscerate me.

It’s got all the torrid music industry controversy, which makes it hard to find: Martin’s label didn’t want him guesting, so the track was yanked after a very brief window of radio play, and now it’s off the record and very hush hush:

Dry Your Eyes (featuring Chris Martin)” – The Streets

Huge thanks to Ben at the Work For It blog, who was the actual quester who sought this out and was so kind to provide it to me. Check out his musical musings.

Tagged with , .


  • This song was awesome to begin with, and it somehow became something even cooler with chris. Thanks so much for the dl!

    Honey — April 6, 2006 @ 6:10 pm

  • this is pretty awesome! thanks for passing it along.

    earl grey — April 6, 2006 @ 8:23 pm

  • You’re my new hero.

    Anonymous — April 6, 2006 @ 8:44 pm

  • I’ve been looking for this version forever. Thanks soooo much!

    Anonymous — April 6, 2006 @ 10:20 pm

  • ooh thanks heaps Heather

    have also been looking for this track


    supergurg — April 7, 2006 @ 3:40 am

  • Rumor has it that Martin recorded the vocals there on a laptop, but they both thought the original version sounded better. The new album is good- “Never Went To Church” is the new “Dry Your Eyes”

    Jamie — April 7, 2006 @ 7:28 am

  • i am not a real fan of skinner, though i try. but i love chris’s voice, especially when he is not doing his falsetto, and just sings in his actual register, like he does on this one. this is really cool. thanks!

    c — April 7, 2006 @ 9:34 am

  • awesomee…. i’ve been looking for this song for Ever!!
    u’re the man

    Anonymous — April 22, 2006 @ 9:28 pm

  • Thanks a ton for finding this version. I have been looking for this for almost 2 years. I love Martin’s voice, it adds so much. Its a shame coldplay’s management vetoed it for the streets record.

    Thanks once for finding it!

    mikejohnminneapolis — May 1, 2006 @ 11:07 pm

  • You rock, I needed this for a playlist I was making and could not find it. Thanks so much.

    Anonymous — July 14, 2006 @ 10:15 pm

  • This download doesn’t seem to work any more.

    Anonymous — July 27, 2006 @ 6:27 am

Comments RSS

Sorry, the comment form is closed at this time.

Subscribe to this tasty feed.
I tweet things. It's amazing.

Bio Pic Name: Heather Browne
Location: Colorado, originally by way of California
Giving context to the torrent since 2005.

"I love the relationship that anyone has with music: because there's something in us that is beyond the reach of words, something that eludes and defies our best attempts to spit it out. It's the best part of us, probably, the richest and strangest part..."
—Nick Hornby, Songbook
"Music has always been a matter of energy to me, a question of Fuel. Sentimental people call it Inspiration, but what they really mean is Fuel."
—Hunter S. Thompson

Mp3s are for sampling purposes, kinda like when they give you the cheese cube at Costco, knowing that you'll often go home with having bought the whole 7 lb. spiced Brie log. They are left up for a limited time. If you LIKE the music, go and support these artists, buy their schwag, go to their concerts, purchase their CDs/records and tell all your friends. Rock on.

View all Interviews → View all Shows I've Seen →