Song of the Day #3,588: ‘Tears Are In Your Eyes’ – Yo La Tengo

Like Sleater-Kinney, Yo La Tengo is a band I would have sworn I’d featured on the blog before. I’ve certainly heard the band name enough to have thrown a post their way out of curiosity sometime in the last ten years.

But no, this is the first Yo La Tengo song on Meet Me In Montauk. It comes from the 2000 album And Then Nothing Turned Itself Inside-Out, the band’s ninth studio release and one of their best received.

Yo La Tengo hails from Hoboken, New Jersey, and has recorded for more than 30 years, mostly as a trio. Producing a mix of mellow rock (like today’s SOTD) and more experimental work, the band has been frequently compared to The Velvet Underground. I certainly hear that connection in this song.

And Then Nothing Turned Itself Inside-Out is apparently their most laid-back album, so laid back that even a lover of melancholy like me finds it a bit too sleepy. Nice sound, though.

You tell me summer’s here
And the time is wrong
You tell me winter’s here
And your days are getting long

Tears are in your eyes tonight

You tell me that you haven’t
Slept in days
You tell me sleeping only makes you tired
Anyway

Tears are in your eyes tonight
Tears are in your eyes every night

Although you don’t believe me, you are strong
Darkness always turns into the dawn
And you won’t even remember this for long
When it ends all right

Please tell me how you know tomorrow
Staring at your shoes

Tears are in your eyes every night
Tears are in your eyes every night
Tears are in your eyes tonight

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2 thoughts on “Song of the Day #3,588: ‘Tears Are In Your Eyes’ – Yo La Tengo

  1. Dana Gallup says:

    I’ve never heard of this band either, but this is a lovely song.

  2. Peg Clifton says:

    I agree it’s a bit sleepy but pretty

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