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Eagles Lyin' Eyes Lyrics

Last updated: 02/21/2014 06:43:00 PM

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 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 now 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 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

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You're still the same ol' girl you used to be | Reviewer: Wild Bill | 2/22/14

Seen this interpretation elsewhere, and it's what I always assumed:

The narrator is the boy she knew in school. He was head over heels for her, but she was practising her feminine wiles (perhaps hurting him in the process), and had set her (lyin') eyes on the stability and security of a marriage to a rich old man, which seen soon enough located and married, thinking she would be set for life.

But then, married too young to someone much older that she really had little connection to, boredom and restlessness sets in - the big, lonely old house with two people who are both there, but with little in common.

She takes a young lover (on the cheating side of town), but this too proves unsatisfying - she doesn't love him, and perhaps realizes he is just using HER for sex and perhaps a few trinkets purchased with the old man's money.

Back at the empty, cold house (is the old man asleep, perhaps snoring and farting once in awhile - could make for a long night!), she pours herself a drink and reflects on how her life and love have gone wrong. She threw away the love of her soulmate (the narrator, if he is the boy she knew in school, seems to think along these lines) for an empty shell of a relationship with the rich old man. Now there seems no way back, though she planned and worked so carefully to get where she is.

This is no song of longing for what might have been, at least on the narrator's part. For he no longer sees her with the fiery eyes of young love, but as a cold calculating schemer with Lying Eyes, and concludes there never was any real love returned to him, even then, cause she's still the same old girl she used to be!

In footnote,I formed this opinion and started listening to this song played loud to get over a girl I knew in school, who (I felt) lead me on and the rejected me for somebody older and more established!

You Can't Buy Love! | Reviewer: Ol' Roy | 1/10/14

A sad reflection of the reality of a woman who married a wealthy but old and impotent husband. Her old flame(youthful but not as rich)fulfilled her real needs - love and tenderness plus something more ;)