May 11

Don’t Pretend ‘Cause You Can’t Hide Your “Lyin’ Eyes”

Have you ever been cheated on by your lover? If yes, what did you do? How did you react?

One of the biggest problems among those in a relationship is infidelity. It is the main problem why most couples fight, and worse, separate. Many-a-time we deal with this kind of problem. We often hear such from our friends, family members, and from the news as well. Infidelity springs when love between the couple begins to rust, hence, it weakens. If this happens, trust and faith are also affected. It goes on and complicates one’s whole being like a disease slowly ruining a body system.

I hope that as you read this article and listen to this song, let infidelity be not the reason for your separation with your partner. Rather, choose to love only one person. Because it is in loyalty and fidelity that we come to be contented and satisfied not just with love but all through our lives.

Song Background

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Originally penned by Don Henley and Glenn Frey, “Lyin’ Eyes” was recorded by American band the Eagles in 1975. Glenn Frey sang the lead vocals. The song peaked at no. 2 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, and no. 8 on the Billboard Country chart. In addition, it was the band’s second single from their album One of These Nights.

With “Lyin’ Eyes,” the Eagles earned a Grammy Award for Best Pop Performance by a Group. Also, the band was nominated for Record of the Year.

The creation and the title of the song came into existence with the brilliant idea of both songwriters Glenn Frey and Don Henley. They were in their favorite restaurant/bar in Los Angeles which many pretty women visit. Then, they started talking about beautiful women who were cheating on their husbands. Suddenly, they saw a beautiful young woman with a fat and much older wealthy man. Frey then said:

“She can’t even hide those lyin’ eyes.”

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Don Henley and Glenn Frey (Hollywood Life)

According to Henley, Frey was the main writer of the song, although he had some input with the verses and the music. The song was created when Frey and Henley were together sharing a house in Trousdale, Beverly Hills. Frey exclaimed:

“…the story had always been there. I don’t want to say it wrote itself, but once we started working on it, there were no sticking points. Lyrics just kept coming out, and that’s not always the way songs get written.”

In a concert of the Eagles in 2013, Frey revealed that “Lyin’ Eyes” was written in just two evenings.

Song Story

Lyin’ Eyes” is all about a woman who is cheating on her husband. Confused and feeling down, she tells her husband she is going to see a friend. However, it is not a friend that she’s going to meet, but her lover. She goes across town to meet the boy with “fiery eyes and dreams no one can steal.”

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

Then, she meets him and falls into his arms, but she has to leave him soon because she needs to go back home. Feeling happy with him, she swears that she’ll come back someday. As the song continues, she ponders on her emotions — “She wonders, how it ever got this crazy…” All she just wants is to feel loved and happy, but she feels empty and torn inside.

Watch the Eagles perform “Lyin’ Eyes” below:

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