Lyin’ Eyes [April A2Z]

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

Welcome to my April A-Z! I’m exploring songs by the fabulous Eagles and today’s feature is “Lyin’ Eyes,” from their 1975 album One of These Nights. Don Henley and Glenn Frey wrote the song, and it reached No. 2 on Billboard Hot 100 and No. 8 on the Billboard Country chart. They also received a Grammy for “Lyin’ Eyes.”

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

The inspiration for the lyrics happened as Henley and Frey observed beautiful women floating around Dan Tana’s restaurant… they began to wonder if the women were cheating on their husbands, especially the younger women with older, wealthy, unattractive husbands. Glenn said of one in particular: “She can’t hide her lyin’ eyes,” and a song was born. He was the main writer of the lyrics and said it only took them a couple days to finish. Note that the single is much shorter than the album version, with the second verse, the second chorus, and other lines missing. I embedded the longer version.

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

Frey sang lead on this song, while Henley was on drums and backing vocals. Don Felder played acoustic guitar, Bernie Leadon played lead guitar, and Randy Meisner was on bass. Leadon and Meisner also provided backing vocals.

E-trivia: Jim Ed Norman played acoustic piano on “Lyin’ Eyes.” He started out playing keyboards for Don Henley’s early Shiloh band and ended up as an arranger and keyboardist on several Eagles albums. Later he ended up as one of the most respected producers in Nashville, working with many of the greats, such as Kenny Rogers, Randy Travis, and Hank Williams, before retiring to Hawaii in 2004. (Source: The Eagles, An American Band by Andrew Vaughan.)

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11 responses to “Lyin’ Eyes [April A2Z]

  1. I imagine that a lot of men have wives that are sexually unfaithful, and they don’t deny them their pleasures, which is the definition of a cuckold.

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  2. YAY!! The “L” song I was hoping you’d choose🥳💃🏼🎶
    I don’t know that I’ve ever heard the single version cuz what you embedded is what I know🤷🏼‍♀️

    I’d never thought of The Eagles as “country” before, but I kinda get it now that I’m listening for it. Whatever. They belong in different category – “Freakin Awesome”!

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  3. wonderful, sad song.

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  4. Another classic Eagles song. 👍

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  5. One of their best, in my book. Good to see the video link working: after what I said about the record company the other day I’ve had a lot of problems with them this week!

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