Sunday, September 8, 2019

Song Lyrics #15 - Eyes Without A Face


This week I'm looking at Eyes Without A Face by Billy Idol. This song is a trip and in what seems to be a pattern lately I have no idea what the lyrics are trying to say! Must be an eighties thing. Although if I had to guess, especially from the early going, it seems to be about love lost or a bitter break up? But it's got a nice groove and it does a lot of interesting things, with the French lyrcis and the mid- song guitar, and just the whole vibe. One of my favorite songs. It has a bit of a downbeat ending, too. 

Also, the video. Wow. I mean yeah it's an eighties thing, but still. The back up dancers ass slapping- I mean, whaat?? Best just to go with it. :)      

So what do you think?   


Lyrics

I'm all out of hope 
One more bad dream could bring a fall 
When I'm far from home
Don't call  me on the phone 
To tell me you're alone
It's easy to deceive 
It's easy to tease 
But hard to get release 

Les yeux sans visage 
Eyes without a face
Les yeux sans visage
Eyes without a face 
Les yeux sans visage  
Eyes without a face, got no human grace your eyes without a face 

I spend so much time 
Believing all the lies 
To keep the dream alive 
Now it makes me sad 
It makes me mad at truth 
For loving what was you 

Les yeux sans visage
Eyes without a face
Les yeux sans visage 
Eyes without a face 
Les yeux sans visage 
Eyes without a face , got no human grace your eyes without a face 

When you hear the music you make a dip 
Into someone else's pocket then make a slip 
Steal a car and go to Las Vegas, oh the gigolo pool 
Hanging out by the state line turning holy water into wine 
Drinkin' it down 
I'm on a bus on a psychedelic trip
Reading murder books trying to stay hip 
I'm thinking of you you're out there so 
Say your prayers
Say your prayers
Say your prayers 

Now I close my eyes 
And I wonder why
I don't despise 
Now all I can do 
Love what was once 
So alive and new 
But it's gone from your eyes 
I better realize 

Les yeux sans visage
Eyes without a face 
Les yeux sans visage
Eyes without a face 
Les yeux sans visage
Eyes without a face, got no human grace your eyes without a face
Such a human waste your eyes without a face 
And now it's getting worse    

15 comments:

  1. Hah! I've never actually thought about the words to this song. Actually... I don't often think about the words to most songs, and now I'm curious what I've been jamming to for all these years. ;)

    Lindsi @ Do You Dog-ear? 💬

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    1. Also, the video is... confusing? Although there is some definite ass slapping while he sings about water turning into wine. Maybe not the best imagery for that verse?

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  2. Oh boy, this one really takes me back, Greg. in 10th grade my best friend and I *loved* this song. We had the lyrics from the middle section memorized. Billy Idol (at that time) seemed so edgy and dangerous. LOL My how tame it all seems now.

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  3. I always thought I had a pretty good music "education," but this is yet another song I haven't heard!

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  4. I can't remember last time I heard this song, a loooong time ago . . . And let's face it, gotta love the '80s, hehe

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  5. He will always be an 80's icon!!

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  6. I used to have a thing for Billy Idol in high school. I just couldn't get enough of him. And I love the lyric "I'm on a bus on a psychedelic trip reading murder books, trying to stay hip." Such an 80's classic!

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  7. This sounds like a happy sad song! It's got kind of sad lyrics with an up beat tempo. Reminds me of Paramore's last album for some reason :]

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  8. "best just go with it" is something you can say about almost all 80's music lol

    Kevin & I met him at BEA a few years ago. He was doing a book signing and we kind of got jammed together in a crowd while his people were trying to get him to his booth. He was very nice.

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  9. I saw the title of this post before I left for work, and then sand this song ALL day. I was such an Idol fan. I loved how he sang out of the side of his mouth. Still a fantastic song.

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  10. Oh wow, this one takes me back. I never even noticed the French lyrics before.

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  11. I have never really listened to him, but it seems I should

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  12. LOL, I'm an old lady (plus I work in a radio station), so I remember this song so well - I also have a number of compilations from the '70s and the '80s, and this is on one of them...but I never really tried to decipher its meaning. Of course it's about love - 99% of songs from the era are about love - but it's kind of cryptic. The video though...I don't remember ever seeing it...anyway, it's classic '80s, only worse haha.

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