Song Lyric Sunday — Lyin’ Eyes

Let’s face it, Jim Adams had facial features on his mind when he chose “Chin, Ears, Eyes, Face, Mouth, and Nose” as the theme for this week’s Song Lyric Sunday theme. I am keen on people’s eyes, and there are tons of songs about eyes. But I’m also keen on The Eagles, which is why I chose “Lyin’ Eyes.”

“Lyin’ Eyes” was written by Don Henley and Glenn Frey, although Henley said that Frey was the main writer of the song. It was recorded in 1975 by The Eagles, with Frey singing lead vocals. Their second single from their album One of These Nights, “Lyin’ Eyes” reached number 2 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and number 8 on the Billboard Country chart.

This song is about a woman who cheats on her husband. She is confused and lonely, and tells her rich, old husband, whose hands are as cold as ice, that she is going to see a friend when she is actually going to meet her lover across town. When she gets there, she falls into his arms, but has to leave to go back home. She swears someday she will come back forever, because she is happy there.

When they were a struggling band in LA, The Eagles saw a lot of beautiful women around Hollywood who were married to wealthy, successful men, and wondered if they were unhappy. One night they were drinking in at their favorite watering hole, Dan Tana’s, when they spotted a beautiful young woman accompanied by a much older, fat, rich guy. As they were half laughing at them, Frey said, “Look at her, she can’t even hide those Lyin’ eyes!”

Frey realized he had a song title and he, Henley, and the other band members began grabbing cocktail napkins and writing down lyrics to go with Frey’s observation.

Here are the lyrics to “Lyin’ Eyes.”

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 feelin’ down
But he knows where she’s goin’ as she’s leavin’
She is headed for the cheatin’ side of town

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

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
‘Cause 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 comin’ back forever
She pulls away and leaves him with a smile

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

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

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 lyin’ eyes
There ain’t no way to hide your lyin’ eyes
Honey, you can’t hide your lyin’ eyes

17 thoughts on “Song Lyric Sunday — Lyin’ Eyes

  1. dawnbirdau December 1, 2019 / 3:22 am

    One of my favourite bands. I didn’t know the backstory! Interesting!

    Liked by 1 person

  2. Maggie December 1, 2019 / 6:07 am

    Great choice for this week. One of my favorites by The Eagles. Great backstory, too.

    Liked by 1 person

  3. newepicauthor December 1, 2019 / 8:05 am

    I always had the same problem with all the beautiful women trying to get me into bed with them, but that was in my dreams. Nice song Fandango.

    Liked by 1 person

  4. J-Dub December 1, 2019 / 11:35 am

    Love the Eagles. This song is one of my faves.

    Liked by 1 person

  5. msjadeli December 1, 2019 / 12:58 pm

    I don’t see it as a country song at all but it shows what I (don’t) know. The Eagles had a whole string of mega-hits. This song isn’t one of my favorites, but this line is worth a fortune:
    “every form of refuge has its price” Good choice, Fandango!

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  6. leigha66 December 2, 2019 / 12:20 am

    I love this song! But you can’t go wrong with the Eagles.

    Liked by 1 person

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