Songwriters write lyrics about what they can see, feel, and experience. Poets say that eyes are the windows to the soul. Couples can fall in love while looking deeply into each others' eyes. A lot of how people view the world around them, both literally and figuratively, is done through eyes. Eyes are important for more than just vision, and there are a lot of songs written about them.
Franke Valle sang “Can’t Take My Eyes Off of You,” putting voice to one of the most common feelings of falling in love. Frank Sinatra furthered this idea with “I Only Have Eyes for You.” When a couple begins to fall in love, they can spend hours staring at each other. They are only interested in that one other person. This is very easily conveyed in these two songs.
Eyes are also used in songs about heartache. Crystal Gayle’s song, “Don’t it Make My Brown Eyes Blue,” is sung by a woman who has been left by her lover for someone new. “These Eyes,” by The Guess Who, is about a love gone wrong, and the sorrow of the person left behind. A classic song about heartache, “Smoke Gets in Your Eyes,” performed by The Platters, warns young couples that “when the flame (of love) dies, smoke gets in your eyes.”
There are a lot of songs about the look in someone’s eyes. Probably the most well-known of these songs is “Lyin’ Eyes,” performed by the Eagles. Another song like this is “Betty Davis Eyes,” sung by Kim Carnes. This song is about a woman who can play with men because they respond to her eyes. LeAnn Rimes’ “The Light in Your Eyes,” is encouraging the listener to follow their dreams, and instructing, “don’t ever lose that light in you’re eyes.”
Some songs are about the way people are viewed through the eyes of others. One such song is “Angel in My Eyes,” by John Michael Montgomery. Another is “In Another’s Eyes,” by Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood, about two lovers who are both cheating on others so that they can be together. The two people they are cheating on can’t see that the person they are with is even capable of being untrue.
One of the best songs with eyes in the title is “Brown Eyed Girl,” performed by Van Morrison. Another well-known favorite is “Cotton-eyed Joe,” performed by the band Rednex, and many others. The Who’s song, “Behind Blue Eyes,” was one place shy of becoming a top ten hit on the Billboard charts when it was covered by Limp Bizkit in 2003. Lita Ford and Ozzy Osbourne performed “Close my Eyes Forever,” on the 1988 release of Ford’s album Lita. “The Bluest Eyes in Texas,” performed by Restless Heart, was also released in 1988, and became a number one hit for the band.
There are a lot of songs that have been written about eyes, or with eyes in the title. Songs about eyes have been written for every popular music format. A songwriter can use eyes to convey a lot of different meanings, and in a lot of different types of imagery. Using eyes, or vision, in songwriting creates an image that almost all listeners can relate to.