Song of the Day #1,066: ‘Tomorrow In Her Eyes’ – Ron Sexsmith

The nice thing about theme weekends is that it gives me a chance to revisit the albums of a favorite artist in chronological order, enjoying the evolution. Often an album I’d kind of lost track of over time will reemerge as a favorite.

That has been the case with Retriever, an understated Ron Sexsmith album that followed the more showy Blue Boy and Cobblestone Runway.

I lose this album in a blur of the other material Sexsmith released in later years because it doesn’t have as overt an identity as its predecessors.

But listening to it for this weekend’s blog entries, I’m finding it not only holds up, it stands out. It would be difficult to rank Sexsmith’s albums one through nine, because I can make an argument that every one of them is worthy of the top three spots. Retriever is no exception.

Today’s track is one of Sexsmith’s romantic ballads. I find it exceptionally well arranged and produced. Listen closely during the first verse and you’ll hear a creaking sound that could be a piano bench or the working of the piano’s pedals. You really buy into this image of a man alone at the keyboard when you realize that a subtle string section has been added to the mix. Then, following the bridge, the drums kick in (just as subtly) and carry you beautifully to the finish.

I see tomorrow in her eyes
And where my future lies
So I don’t need a crystal ball
At all because I’ve seen tomorrow
In her eyes

Whenever life tears us away
I’ll hold on to the words we say
And if I have to wait awhile
Then I’ll be dreaming of tomorrow
And her smile

Someday soon love
Someday soon love
There’ll be time for you and I love

And time shall hold no sad surprise
More hellos than goodbyes
So I don’t need my fortune told
I know because I’ve seen tomorrow
In her eyes

No, I don’t need a crystal ball
At all because I’ve seen tomorrow
In her eyes

I’ve seen tomorrow in her eyes

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2 thoughts on “Song of the Day #1,066: ‘Tomorrow In Her Eyes’ – Ron Sexsmith

  1. pegclifton says:

    I love the lyrics, so simple yet so lovely. Love the Shakespeare quote at the end of the video, nice touch.

  2. Dana says:

    This has a bit of a Rufus Wainwright feel, though it is more straightforward musically.

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