Happy Tears is the title track and one of the eight songs recorded for an unreleased multimedia project.
Songs for the Happy Tears album were described as a collection of bedtime stories narrated by and sung in English, German and Spanish by Mayte. Although She Gave Her Angels (one of the songs planned for this project) is sung solely by Prince, the album was supposed to be credited to " and Mayte". It is therefore safe to assume that the title track features Mayte as a co-lead vocalist.
The song was most likely recorded in Spring 1996, at Paisley Park Studios in Chanhassen, Minnesota. It was announced as the first single to be released for the album but the whole project was canceled when and Mayte’s son died from complications caused by Pfeiffer Syndrome in October 1996. The song remains unreleased.