Song of the Day #3,025: ‘Lyin’ Eyes’ – The Eagles

eagles_one_of_these_nightsThe Random iTunes Fairy is amused that I bought an Eagles album after years of dissing the band. Specifically, I downloaded their extended greatest hits collection after discovering that it’s really just Hotel California (the song and the album) that turns me off. I’m actually pretty fond of the earlier, more country-flavored songs.

‘Lyin’ Eyes,’ from the 1975 release One of These Nights is a good example. Written, like so many Eagles hits, by Don Henley and Glenn Frey, ‘Lyin’ Eyes’ won a Grammy and reached the top ten on Billboard’s Hot 100 and Country charts.

[Verse 1]
City girls just seem to find out early
How to open doors with just a smile
A rich old man
And she won’t have to worry
She’ll dress up all in lace and go in style
Late at night a big old house gets lonely
I guess every form of refuge has its price
And it breaks her heart to think her love is
Only given to a man with hands as cold as ice
So she tells him she must go out for the evening
To comfort an old friend who’s feeling down
But he knows where she’s going as she’s leaving
She is headed for the cheating side of town

[Chorus]
You can’t hide your lying eyes
And your smile is a thin disguise
I thought by now you’d realize
There ain’t no way to hide your lying eyes

[Verse 2]
On the other side of town a boy is waiting
With fiery eyes and dreams no one could steal
She drives on through the night anticipating
Because he makes her feel the way she used to feel
She rushes to his arms
They fall together
She whispers that it’s only for awhile
She swears that soon she’ll be coming back forever
She pulls away and leaves him with a smile

[Chorus]
You can’t hide your lying eyes
And your smile is a thin disguise
I thought by now you’d realize
There ain’t no way to hide your lying eyes

[Verse 3]
She gets up and pours herself a strong one
And stares out at the stars up in the sky
Another night, it’s gonna be a long one
She draws the shade and hangs her head to cry
She wonders how it ever got this crazy
She thinks about a boy she knew in school
Did she get tired or did she just get lazy?
She’s so far gone she feels just like a fool
My, oh my, you sure know how to arrange things
You set it up so well, so carefully
Ain’t it funny how your new life didn’t change things
You’re still the same old girl you used to be

[Chorus]
You can’t hide your lying eyes
And your smile is a thin disguise
I thought by now you’d realize
There ain’t no way to hide your lying eyes
There ain’t no way to hide your lying eyes
Honey, you can’t hide your lying eyes

One thought on “Song of the Day #3,025: ‘Lyin’ Eyes’ – The Eagles

  1. Dana says:

    It’s funny how much we diverge when it comes to the Eagles. I generally don’t like their more country or more Frey-influenced offerings (not too surprising as I generally don’t like country music) and instead prefer their more rock and Henley/Walsh-influenced songs.

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