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The Saddest Songs of Rock and Roll – # 8

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by Lawrence J. J. Leonard

For hundreds of years there have been people who for one reason or another needed to avoid a king’s authority. Maybe they were thieves. It could have been that they broke some posted or some obscure rule or order. Of course, they may have been in opposition to the crown because religion or family ties. However, when it comes to the laws of love we have so many reasons to be in it, even when it may be forbidden because of another person who is supposed to be receiving our affections. There are so many complications attached to a new romance when we are in the middle of an established one. This drive is usually what causes the deceptions and fibs associated with an affair. There are only a handful of books and websites that teach us how to spot someone being untruthful. It seems that only a few errant lovers have the ability to hide in plain sight.

For a southern California band that began covering rock standards, writing songs about people with a love agenda was a strength for the band known as the EAGLES.  They had formed in 1971. A year later they debuted their self-titled work which caught the attention of rock, folk and country music fans in America and around the world.  The band is ranked #75 on the Rolling Stone magazine list of 100 Greatest Artists of All Time. EAGLES band members Glenn FreyDon Henley, Bernie LeadonDon Felder, Randy Meisner and  Jim Ed Norman had relationship problems themselves.

By 1975 Bernie was replaced by Joe Walsh, a  legitimate rock star in his own right. Don and Glenn over the years had developed such a contentious relationship that by the 1990s they were overheard threatening each other on stage between songs. Glenn eventually had Don fired from the band business, Eagles Ltd. Soon after Don sued the corporation for breach of contract. If we had ever seen them in concert, we would have never known they were struggling inside. It seemed like that these two artists rarely saw eye to eye on their business matters the way did with their compositions.

While the band was producing Top 40 hits and touring, they were hiding their betrayals in plain sight. They smiled at the crowds and produced memorable arrangements, then sang the most beautiful of harmonies. The sweet lyrics on their 1974 iconic hit, “Best of my love,” insists that the singer is a devoted lover. But the band members’ issues were not in any lack of effort, rather they were in a lack of forgiveness and compassion from the heart. By 1975 the band finally expressed in music the way to tell how someone who says I love you is not being honest about their feelings. Have we ever been the person who caused heartbreak for another? Is it very easy to hide our feelings from the person who believes in the growth of our relationship when we have virtually given up on that same promise?

Number 8
The song “Lyin’ Eyes” was a joint effort by Glenn and Don. It was released as a single from their fourth album in as many years, “One of These Nights.”  The track peaked at #2 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and #8 on the Billboard Country chart by Christmas of 1975. With the song’s international acclaim in Ireland, New Zealand, Canada and The Netherlands, the group went on a worldwide tour to promote the album. “Lyin’ Eyes” garnered the EAGLES‘ first Grammy Award for Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals. So, a song which decried the hurtful nature of cheating became the first legitimate musical indication that Don and Glenn were struggling with their souring relationship.

We know that doctors and researchers have amassed biological evidence showing Human eyes do certain things when the body or the mind is stressed. The eye pupil can dilate and/or constrict based on many given situations. Even eye color can change because of body functions being stressed or with constant worry. And yet, we sometimes believe that when we are selfish enough to lie to our loved ones, that we can just act cool and get away with lying about cheating with someone else. No matter how believable the acts done to deceive, our eyes are still the windows to our souls. It is always better just to be honest –  even before we transgress our promise or cheat and hurt the ones which we have promised to adore and cherish. 

Lyrics: written by Don Henley and Glenn Frey

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 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 going as she’s leaving
She is headed for the cheating 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

(ooh…) She rushes to his arms they fall together
She whispers it’s only for a while
She swears that soon she’ll be comin’ back forever
She goes 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

(ooh…) She wonders how it ever got this crazy
She thinks about a boy she knew in school
(ooh…) Did she get tired or did she just get lazy?
(ooh…) She’s so far gone she feels just like a fool

(aaah…) My oh my you sure know how to arrange things
(aaah…) You set it up so well so carefully
Ain’t it funny (aaah…) how your new life didn’t change things?
You’re still the same old girl you used to be

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

Depressed? Do something about it. Please find help before making any rash decisions.  Click here: the National Institute of Mental Health.

Eating disorder (ED)? CLICK HERE to get more information from the NIMH.

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Copyright © 1960-2017 Lawrence J. J. Leonard All rights reserved.

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