Song of the Day #1,578: ‘Private Eyes’ – Hall & Oates

Hall & Oates is another band that has eluded me over the years. I’m certainly familiar with their biggest hits — ‘Sara Smile,’ ‘I Can’t Go For That,’ ‘Kiss On My List,’ ‘Private Eyes’ — but I’ve never owned an album of theirs nor could I tell you much about them.

My most significant exposure to Daryl Hall, in fact, came through his duet with Elvis Costello on the latter’s ‘Only Flame in Town.’

Hall & Oates’ music is often described as blue-eyed soul or white soul, two labels I find hilarious. Does that make Darius Rucker black country?

My wife tells me she wore out a cassette of Hall & Oates’ greatest hits when she was a teenager. I wonder if that made her more or less cool in the late 80s.

These days there seems to be some hipness factor associated with kids who appreciate 80s music. They see through the bland superficiality of modern pop music and find meaning in… the bland superficiality of 25-year-old pop music.

Someday our grandchildren will seem retro and deep for spinning Pitbull and Katy Perry on their mind-controlled cochlear implants.

I see you, you see me
Watch you blowin’ the lines
When you’re making a scene
Oh girl, you’ve got to know
What my head overlooks
The senses will show to my heart
When it’s watching for lies
You can’t escape my

Private Eyes
They’re watching you
They see your every move
Private Eyes
They’re watching you
Private Eyes
They’re watching you
Watching you
Watching you
Watching you

You play with words
You play with love
You can twist it around, baby
That ain’t enough
‘Cos girl
I’m gonna know
If you’re letting me in
Or letting me go
Don’t lie
When you’re hurting inside
‘Cos you can’t escape my

Private Eyes
They’re watching you
They see your every move
Private Eyes
They’re watching you
Private Eyes
They’re watching you
Watching you
Watching you
Watching you

[Instrumental Interlude]

Why you try to put up a front for me
I’m a spy but on your side, you see
Slip on into any disguise
I’ll still know you
Look into my Private Eyes
They’re watching you
They see your every move
Oh, babe, Private Eyes
They’re watching you
Private Eyes
They’re watching you, yeah
They see your every move
They see it
Ooooh, they’re watching you
Private Eyes
They’re watching you…

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5 thoughts on “Song of the Day #1,578: ‘Private Eyes’ – Hall & Oates

  1. Dana says:

    There are some songs by hall & oats that I really like, including “Rich Girl” and “Sara’s Smile.” But they lost me with songs like today’s SOTD and “Maneater.”

  2. Rob says:

    I agree with Dana. I loved the 70’s output, especially the album “Abandoned Luncheonette”, but the 80’s output was a little too formulaic for my tastes. They really started stringing up the hits with the album “Voices”, but oddly enough, I like all the non-hit songs on that album … they weren’t as formulaic as “Kiss On My List”, but more new wave. I saw them a few years ago in Montreal with the Funk Brothers opening. The Funk Brothers taught them a thing or two about putting on a show.

  3. Shawn says:

    I would say by the late 80’s you were stretching your cool card by listening to Hall & Oates. Any song I thought was great back then I bought on a 45 and, uh, never got any H&O. But “Kiss On My List” does bring back a memory from sixth grade when someone’s kiss definitely was on my list and I got her to dance with me through that one. And, no, I never did kiss her.

  4. Karen says:

    Didn’t pay any attention to H&O in the 80’s, certainly knew their music, but gave it little no-never-mind. I have recently given them more attention…and have become more appreciative of what they do, I think it might be because they look better now, not those bizarre fashions and hairstyles of yester-year.

  5. Amy says:

    I don’t know that I’ve ever owned a H&O’s album, but I smile my way through every one of their songs. This is just fabulous. Sara Smile is my favorite, but I like them all.

    As for your disturbing image of my grandchild spinning Pitbull on her mind-controlled cochlear implant, just…. ewwwwww!

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